Damian Lillard wasn't about to let former NFL quarterback and sports analyst Dan Orlovsky throw dirt on his name. 👏
During the Wednesday episode of ESPN's Get Up, Orlovsky shared a hot take about Lillard's recent admission that he wouldn't be interested in playing in a restarted NBA season if his Portland Trailblazers didn't have a "true opportunity" to make the playoffs.
"How can you sit there and go, ‘Nope, I’m not going to play, but understand that there’s people out there that don’t have that choice," Orlovsky said. "They have to go to work. They have to go earn their money. I struggle with sitting here and going, ‘You don’t come off, in some way, a spoiled and entitled brat by saying, 'I’m not going to play.'"
After Orlovsky responded to a Twitter user questioning how serious his comments should be taken given his loss-heavy NFL career, Lillard saw an opportunity to address Orlovsky's bold comments in a quote tweet.
"Entitled and spoiled? Mf watch yo mouth. My background , family, and character couldn’t be further FROM entitled and spoiled. I said what I said!" he wrote.
Lillard also gave Orlovsky a taste of his own medicine with a quick jab: "You sat out ya whole career basically."
Here's the initial statement from Dame, given to Yahoo! Sports earlier this week, that set things off: "If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team. But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now."
As someone who hasn't had much success evading pressure in the past, Orlovsky tried to retrace his comments in a response to Lillard.
About a half-hour later, Lillard told Orlovsky that if he's serious about owning up to his mistake, he should join Fox Sports' Skip Bayless and invite him on the air so that he can lay any other untested claims to rest.
Lillard, who's averaging 28.9 points per game in his eighth season with the Portland Trailblazers, isn't the only player who has questioned his motivation to return to basketball in some way.
Around the time the NBA season was suspended in March, Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz went as far as to say that he's ready to “walk away, fly to Australia and never play another game" to protect his family from the coronavirus.
You can watch the entire Get Up segment below.