Milwaukee Bucks news: CJ McCollum knows a thing or two about emotional homecomings. After all, this is exactly what the New Orleans Pelicans guard went through a couple of years ago when he first returned to his former stomping ground after being traded away by the Portland Trail Blazers.
As such, McCollum has a fairly good idea of what Lillard will experience on Wednesday night when Portland welcomes back their prodigal son.
CJ McCollum Comments on Milwaukee Bucks Star Damian Lillard’s Return to Portland
For his part, McCollum played eight and a half seasons alongside Lillard in Portland before the former was shipped off to the Pelicans in 2022. He established himself as a well-loved figure among the Blazers faithful, which is why they welcomed him back with open arms in his first game back in Portland:
“It’s really emotional,” McCollum said quietly, via Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s a different experience. A lot of emotions.”
CJ McCollum receives a standing ovation in his return to Portland 👏 pic.twitter.com/qktwQ5Rl7J
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Just imagine how the fans will react to Lillard’s return on Wednesday night. Well, McCollum believes he knows what’s going to happen as well as exactly what Lillard will feel once he gets an awesome ovation from the home crowd:
“It’s an honor to be able to be remembered the way he is,” McCollum said. “But it’s crazy to be recognized and kind of given your flowers while you still play. He’ll appreciate. He’ll realize the impact the city had on him and the impact he had on that city as well.”
That’s going to be a pretty emotional moment, for sure.
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