Everyone’s favorite non-Jazzman, Damian Lillard made us love him even more. This afternoon a Portland Trail Blazer’s fan ask Dame who his favorite teammate of all-time is. Dame’s answer? Our very own, current Jazzman, Ed Davis!
There’s no disputing that the Utah Jazz had a great summer. Trading for Mike Conley; signing Bojan Bogdanovic, Jeff Green, Emmanual Mudiay, and, of course, Ed Davis. We know that Mike Conley also loved being teammates with Ed and one of the reasons they are both in Utah now.
NEW YORK -- “Usually people ask about people I don’t like, and I have to lie,” Evan Turner said. He was happy, then, to talk about his former Portland Trail Blazers teammate Ed Davis: “Really good dude. Wish he was back.” When Davis agreed to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in the early hours of July 1, Damian Lillard tweeted a broken heart emoji for one of his favorite teammates ever. For a moment after a shootaround at Madison Square Garden in November, Portland’s franchise player imagined Davis strolling in and announcing he was coming back, to a chorus of hell yeahs.
“Everybody loves Ed,” Lillard said. “I just think just having him around, it was different. I think we expected him to be around forever. We were like, there ain’t no way, there’s no way Ed’s going to ever be nowhere else. I still think about it.”
Turner was shocked the Blazers didn’t re-sign Davis. “It was only $4 million,” he said, cheap for a “consummate pro” who was “really, really, really invaluable” to the locker room. Davis came off the bench for 202 of his 220 games in Portland, playoffs included, but his “impact on the team was if he was a starter and one of the captains,” Lillard said.
Lastly Lillard said:
“If it was up to me, me and Ed would be teammates for my entire career,” Lillard said.
The Jazz are lucky to have Ed, everyone’s favorite teammate.