When Damian Lillard Secured His $13.8M Rookie Deal, He Immediately Retired His Mom — 'That Was One Of The Best Feelings I’ve Had'
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When Damian Lillard Secured His $13.8M Rookie Deal, He Immediately Retired His Mom — 'That Was One Of The Best Feelings I’ve Had'

Damian Lillard is making sure his family is set for life.

The NBA star signed a two-year extension with the Portland Trail Blazers totaling $122 million back in July.

“I have and will always go hard for mine. Thankful for the @trailblazers having faith in me and showing this type of commitment … and also allowing me to take care of generations of my family,” Lillard wrote on Instagram.

 

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Generational wealth is important for Lillard, and he is leading the way to make it possible for those around him.

Since Lillard was the first of his family to become a millionaire, he has used his good fortune to bless not only family but friends by investing in their dreams and helping out where he can.

And it didn’t take long for Lillard to adopt this mindset.

When Lillard secured a four-year, $13.8 million rookie contract with the Portland Trail Blazers, he immediately retired his mother, according to Insider.

“I just felt like, ‘I’m about to change my family’s life, my mom’s.’ First thing I did, all right, I’m a millionaire now so I went to my mom’s job and was like, ‘Quit.’ I literally went and helped her pack up her desk, everything,” Lillard told Andscape.

His mother had been facing problems with her job in terms of the work environment, and there were speculations that they were pushing to fire her. This was beginning to negatively impact her health.

So, Lillard beating them to the punch was “one of the best feelings” he’s ever had.

“I ain’t going to lie. That was one of the best feelings I’ve had,” he told Andscape. “I started telling her going into my last year of college [at mid-major Weber State University] that I was going to get drafted. We would talk on the phone at least every other day. And she’d be telling me how she had been feeling sick. They were on her about her production. They were basically threatening to fire her. She was stressed out and struggling at work with her health. And I was just constantly telling her things like, ‘The [Boston] Celtics were at practice today. The [Utah] Jazz was at practice today.’ I was just trying to pick up her spirits. We were just connected like that.”

 

He continued: “She would tell me about her issues. She was living in an apartment in San Leandro at the time with my sister. I was just trying to lift her up with my success. ‘I’m entering the draft this year when the school year is over.’ So, just knowing everything that I knew for that whole school year, when I finally got drafted and everything was pretty much set, I came home, and we literally went to her job in San Ramon. We walked in and everybody was aware that I just got drafted. So, they were like, ‘Oh, Gina, your son …’ Blah, blah. I was like, ‘We quit! We quit!’”