“He’s a dog too” – NBA prospect Scoot Henderson DISCLOSES that Damian Lillard replied to his text a year later
Scoot Henderson talks about his admiration for Damian Lillard and his potential fit with the Blazers.
Scott Henderson, left, and Damian Lillard, right.
Scoot Henderson is not just a fan of Damian Lillard. He’s also a potential teammate. The 19-year-old guard, who is projected to be a top-three pick in the 2023 NBA draft, said he texted the Portland Trail Blazers star for advice when he was still in high school.
“The craziest thing is I texted Dame like 2021 asking for advice… He text back earlier this year or last year… I seen him when I came in, dapped him up, it’s really cool. He’s a dog too,” Henderson said.
Henderson has been playing for the G League Ignite team, where he has showcased his explosive athleticism, scoring ability, and playmaking skills. He has also competed against some of the best prospects in the world, including Victor Wembanyama, who is widely expected to be the No. 1 pick.
Henderson said he admires Lillard’s game and mentality and hopes to emulate his success in the league. He also thinks he has what it takes to play alongside him if the Blazers decide to draft him with the third pick.
Could Scoot Henderson join Damian Lillard in Portland?
The Blazers are facing a crossroads. They have been unable to contend for a title or rebuild for the future with Lillard as their franchise player. Lillard is 33 years old and entering the final year of his contract. He has not publicly demanded a trade, but he has expressed his frustration with the team’s lack of progress.
The Blazers could try to appease Lillard by adding more talent around him, or they could prepare for life after him by selecting Henderson as his heir. Henderson has the potential to be a franchise player with his combination of size, strength, length, and skill. He can score from anywhere on the court, create for himself and others, and defend multiple positions.
However, drafting Henderson could also create some problems for the Blazers’ backcourt rotation. They already have Anfernee Simons, who has emerged as a reliable scorer and shooter at the shooting guard spot. If the Blazers draft Henderson, they would have to figure out how to balance his development with Lillard’s prime.
Whatever happens, Henderson is confident that he can make an impact in the NBA. He has proven himself against some of the best prospects in the world, including Wembanyama himself. “He’s a dog too,” Henderson said of Lillard. And so is he.
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