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Lillard: Much love for Draymond, 'can't stand him on the court'

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Lillard: Much love for Draymond, 'can't stand him on the court'

The fifth annual Damian Lillard Brookfield Picnic was on Saturday in East Oakland.

The Blazers guard hosts the event to give back to his community.

Warriors forward Draymond Green attended and Lillard thanked him on Instagram:

 

Everything about this is awesome.

Let's take a walk down memory lane to Nov. 1, 2016, when the Warriors beat the Blazers 127-104 in Portland.

Following shootaround that day, Lillard made a declaration about Golden State's defense.

“It’s not the same. They are a great offensive team and I think they will still be a good defensive team, but it’s different than when (Andrew) Bogut is not back there. It’s just not the same."

After the win, Draymond delivered a message to Lillard.

"That was great for us to really come out and put that kind of game together on the defensive end, especially when our defense has been called out -- that there's no anchor and it's not the same and all that -- I think some opinions will change sooner than later. But until then, we'll just keep doing that. And when they change, we'll keep doing that still. It was fun to do that...

"I love when people say stuff like that. I take it personal, so I appreciate it. It really got me going on that end tonight. And I felt amazing out there, and I think our defense was amazing.

"So yeah I love when people say stuff like that. Continue to do it."

It's also possible that Lillard "can't stand" Draymond because the Warriors ended the Blazers' season each of the last two years.

[REWIND: Trash talk between Draymond, Blazers 'good' for 'softened up' NBA]

And perhaps stuff like this factors in as well:

Draymond and Lillard face off for the first time on Dec. 11 at Oracle Arena.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

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How Warriors fans can watch game this season with Larry O'Brien Trophy

Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.

During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000. 

If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring. 

Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game. 

Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details. 

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Damian Lillard: 'I'm not joining nobody' like Kevin Durant did, unless...

Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.

Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.

But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.

While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.

"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.

When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."

A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?

"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.

To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.

"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.