Morning links: Damian Lillard talks 'Dame Time' and Weber State; Kyle Whittingham talks spring football

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  • SWWeatherGuy South Weber, UT
    April 7, 2018 3:36 p.m.

    Dame is a 100% class act, has impeccable integrity, and is a genuinely good person. His loyalty to those who have helped him along the way is admirable and rare. He was no different at Weber State than he is in Portland. Add to that his work ethic and natural talent and it's no wonder he's done what he has. I don't see all NBA players as closely as I've been able to observe Lillard and Malone, but those two really seem to stand out to me as the hardest working players I've seen.

    A really exciting thought to me is how similar Mitchell seems to be to Lillard in many ways. Mitchell has more charisma, or at least wears his emotions more on his sleeve, but if he already has or develops Dame's work ethic-- watch out!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    April 7, 2018 10:07 a.m.

    The loyalty that Dame has shown to both Portland and Ogden is like something out of a fifties movie. To “do it the hard way” with the coaches and team mates who have been loyal to him—-or at least give everything in trying. This is the mindset of a great NBA player who deserves so much respect. Lillard will wind up in the Basketball HOF—but it would be wise for players and fans who are inspired by him, to know the man and to watch how he operates, not only as a player, but as a team mate and a person.