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Inside the music and mind of Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives on the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Portland won 100-81.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives on the Jazz in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Portland won 100-81.

The musical talents of former Weber State and current Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard aren’t new to many NBA fans, but on Thursday, that topic was the subject of a deep dive by ESPN’s Marc Spears.

In a lengthy piece, Spears explored how Lillard’s formative years — including his time in Ogden — shaped both his basketball and budding rap career.

“I don’t think I’m loyal to a fault,” Lillard is quoted as saying near the end of the story. “I think I’m loyal to the person that I am. When I’m saying that this is what I want to do, like, I want to make this team win a championship and I want this city to feel what it’s like winning the championship after such a long time.”

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For a little Throwback Thursday, The University of Utah men’s basketball program’s official Twitter account shared side-by-side photos of former stars Delon Wright and Kyle Kuzma from 2014 when they were teammates in Salt Lake City and from last Sunday when Wright’s Dallas Mavericks took on Kuzma’s Los Angeles Lakers.