While the NBA’s All-Star Weekend was taking place, Damian Lillard had time for other projects. The Portland Trail Blazers guard was not selected for the Western Conference squad, leaving him free to record some rap music.

A song Lillard released on Tuesday made clear how frustrated he is with having been snubbed for the league’s showcase contest. In “They Sleep,” Lillard had this to say:

“Lemme holler at y’all bout a few things quick
I’m as humble as they come, but my shoe game lit
I ain’t make the All-Stars, but I’m flu-game sick
Last time they count me out, what I do? Game 6.”


Nice Michael Jordan (“flu-game sick”) shout-out there. The last line refers to Game 6 of a 2014 first-round playoff matchup between the Blazers and the Houston Rockets, in which Lillard hit a series-winning shot in the final moments. Lillard re-tweeted this post from a fan on Tuesday:


Lillard had reason to be miffed at his all-star snub, although it’s hard to see which of the West’s backcourt players (Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, James Harden and Klay Thompson) he would have displaced. The fourth-year player has Portland at 27-27 and in seventh place in the conference; this despite LaMarcus Aldridge’s offseason defection to the San Antonio Spurs.

Lillard leads the Blazers in scoring and assists, and he’s sixth in the NBA in both of those categories. He’s also widely acclaimed as the best rapper in the NBA (some would say the only good one), and even if he was hooping it up at last weekend’s All-Star Game, TV viewers had a chance to see some of his other skills, courtesy of a State Farm ad.