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Damian Lillard’s lonely life with Bucks after trade, divorce

That’s the invisible side of a blockbuster NBA trade.

Milwaukee Bucks guard Damian Lillard doesn’t regret his “big boy decision” to ask for a trade after playing 11 years with the Trail Blazers, but he’s a single man who filed for divorce from his college sweetheart. Transfer was ‘tough’ for new NBA star, Kayla Lillard, announced on October 2, 2023, one week after signing from Portland to Milwaukee.

“I’m very family-oriented, so I definitely miss it,” Lillard said. sports illustrated recently. “My life is all about family. When I went outside after the game, my whole family was back there. The kids were coming out of the playroom. My mom, my brother, my cousins ​​were there. I lived, you know what I mean?”

Damian Lillard #0 of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts during the fourth quarter of a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on February 25, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Getty Images
Damian Lillard and his family attend NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis in February 2024. Instagram/Damian Lillard

Lillard’s family and three children (5-year-old son Damian Jr. and 2-year-old twins Kali and Kali) attended All-Star festivities in Indianapolis this month, where Lillard was named All-Star Game MVP. He was chosen as the winner of the triple crown. -Point contest.

“My best friend lives in Portland,” Lillard said. “So I went out and went to dinner. They might come to my house. After practice, I might go to my mom’s house and chill. That’s my life. I mean, I’m an adult, so it’s okay. But it’s definitely lonely. I’m filled with those people.”

Kayla Lillard, ex-wife of Damian Lillard. Instagram/Kayla Lillard
Damian Lillard and his family at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. Instagram/Damian Lillard

The 33-year-old All-NBA guard went on to explain:[doesn’t] He has lived a very fulfilling life since the Bucks traded him to Milwaukee last fall on September 27th.

“Brother, I go to practice, I come home, I watch boxing, I play video games,” Lillard said of his routine. “Hey, type it in. [boxing website] Fight Hype on YouTube 100 times and hope something new comes out there.

“Honestly, I don’t have much of a life. But that comes with making big decisions. You have to be down for it and figure it out.”

Lillard is focused on staying the course with his new team and clashing with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Milwaukee Bucks #0 Damian Lillard dribbles during the third quarter of a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on February 25, 2024 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Getty Images

“It was a real change,” he said. “I’ve been in the same situation for 11 years and decided to move on from there and wanted a chance to win. And I’m going to be playing for my first coach here. [Adrian Griffin] And he’s new to the team. So it wasn’t like I came to Milwaukee and everything was already established. He was a completely new staff member.

“Obviously, I was trying to figure out being part of this team paired with Giannis. I think it was a process and it was an adjustment for both of us. I’m used to it. I’m used to playing a certain way and I think there were some moments where it didn’t work out. But I think it’s still a work in progress.”

The Bucks hired Doc Rivers as head coach in January after Adrian Griffin was fired after playing in 43 games.

Milwaukee is in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 37-21 record and will play the Hornets in Charlotte on Thursday.

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