NBA Playoffs: Damian Lillard and Embracing the Present Moment

Damian Lillard is not concerned when defenders are near him. He treats them like a monk might treat a mosquito. With mild curiosity perhaps, but without any fear or doubt. Giving away any of his focus would detract from the goal: Shoot the basketball through the hoop. Regardless of how far away the hoop is. Regardless of the score. Regardless of the clock. Regardless of the situation: playoffs, regular season, practice. When I was teaching in Oakland, a teacher who knew Damian from the town, and saw him occasionally during the offseason said he…