The little notes that wire services love to pass along (and we love to read) will tell you that Portland Trail Blazers rookie Damian Lillard "is the first player to average 19 points and six assists through his first 10 games since Isiah Thomas in 1981." The deeper story is that the surprising Portland Trail Blazers are 5-5 in spite of LaMarcus Aldridge's slow start and an incredibly thin bench, with Lillard helping lead the way amongst a starting lineup with an average age of 24 1/2.
Lillard, obviously the youngest, has figured a remarkable amount out about the NBA lifestyle in his month on the job, including the fact that there are NBA bloggers that like to write like Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel when they're bored on a Monday. One thing he hadn't learned, until Sunday night, was how to make a split-second decision that could determine whether or not an opponent considers you a damn punk kid, or a sportsmanship-enthusiast wise beyond his years.
Such was the case in a Portland win over the Bulls on Sunday, when Lillard made a quick decision to go up for a slam in the open court instead of dribbling the clock out in a sure Portland conquest. The Bulls did not like that decision, and told him as much. Watch: