Damian Lillard, now a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, returned to Portland's Moda Center for the first time since being traded.
Lillard, accustomed to the home locker room after 11 years with the Trail Blazers, felt disoriented finding his way to the visitors' locker room.
Despite being traded to Milwaukee, Lillard still doesn't view himself as a visitor in Portland and expressed his deep connection to the city.
Portland fans gave Lillard a one-minute standing ovation during pregame introductions, acknowledging his contributions to the team.
Despite the warm reception, the Blazers edged out a win against the Bucks, with Lillard scoring 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Lillard affirmed his commitment to the Bucks but hinted at a potential return to the Trail Blazers before retiring.
He returned to Portland ahead of the game, looking forward to spending time with family and hosting a birthday party for his twins.
The Blazers honored Lillard with tribute videos during the game, showcasing his on-court achievements and community impact, evoking emotions from the player and fans alike.
Damian Lillard returns to Portland, and he still sees a future.
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