Damian Lillard mentions he isn't 'running from the grind' on his album

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Damian Lillard mentions he isn't 'running from the grind' on his album originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Damian Lillard a.k.a. Dame D.O.L.L.A. has dropped his fourth studio album titled ‘Different on Levels the Lord Allowed.’

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In promotion of the album, he’s made media appearances, released his single weeks ago titled “The Juice,” and also released an Adidas shoe called ‘NMD_R1,’ a casual/running shoe, contrary to his typical basketball-specific sneakers.

With his album making the rounds, one line that’s caught people’s attention is Lillard saying, “I’m built different. I’m one of a kind, ask Chris Haynes. I’ll never run from the grind.”

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Name dropping a reporter in Haynes, who established his relationship with Lillard as a reporter for NBCSNW back in the day, isn’t something too common. But the two have become so close it goes beyond the typical player-reporter relationship.

The line also sheds light when Lillard infamously responded to a Paul George comment on Instagram by saying, “Keep switching teams... running from the grind. You boys is chumps." 

The sentence has become synonymous with Lillard for the past year. Mainly because he’s already against forming super teams and George had departed the Thunder to join Kawhi Leonard on the Clippers to boost his chances of obtaining his first ring.

In this current climate of stars, they’ll do whatever is necessary to win a ring. As for Lillard, he comes off as the opposite. Hoping to get the job done in Portland.

Where things got murky is when reports surfaced of Lillard possibly wanting out, also fueled by his comments after being eliminated by the Nuggets, the line “running from the grind” trended on social media. Many people started to poke fun at Lillard for possibly running from the grind to maybe join another All-Star player.

With training camp less than a month away, it looks like Lillard, for now, isn’t running from the grind. Instead, he’s just been grinding. Whether it’s winning his first gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, being inducted into the Weber State Hall of Fame, and of course dropping an album. 

His work in the past and present is being appreciated.