I was lucky enough to attend the NBA 2K20 launch party in LA last week, and there was no shortage of big names in attendance, including Aussie legend Ben Simmons and Portland Trail Blazers point guard, Damian Lillard. I had a chat with the latter during the night on some of the wild conspiracy theories he’s curious about, of all things.
The NBA has its fair share of conspiracy believers, like Steph Curry denying that the moon landing happened and Kyrie Irving being a borderline Flat Earther. I was pretty keen to see if Lillard subscribed to anything similar.
“Just like History,” he told PEDESTRIAN.TV. “Like iconic deaths.”
“I’m into like, the unsolved stuff, or the mysterious stuff like Marylin Monroe, 2Pac, Biggie, stuff like that. Elvis, like his whole downfall and what was going on around that time. I’m real curious about the unknown parts of those peoples’ stories. The Kennedys, like what’s going on with that? I get curious about all that stuff.”
When it comes to researching theories like these, Lillard knows all too well how easy it is to fall into a YouTube hole. We’ve all been there.
“Sometimes I get on YouTube and I be looking for three hours, just going video to video to video and I be believing ten different things, like man, they could convince the hell outta me, they got me,” he says.
Outside of conspiracies, we also spoke about what it’s like seeing yourself in a video game and whether he’s happy with his 2K rating this year.
“I’m fine with it. I’m 93 right? That’s cool. Room to improve,” he says. While he agrees that being able to play as yourself is incredibly cool, he thinks his player model could do with a few finer details.
“They got my haircut kinda wrong, they don’t have my gear on how I wear it,” he says. “They don’t really give you, like, the details.”
Also, if you missed Lillard’s insane long shot during the playoffs last year, please check that shit out below.
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