PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland star Damian Lillard says he appealed in the offseason to Neil Olshey for the tools to get the Trail Blazers to a championship. He says he believes the Trail Blazers’ president of basketball operations is doing his best to help the team get a title. Lillard is heading into his ninth NBA season, all with the Blazers. But Portland has always seemed to miss that final piece that could push the Blazers to a championship. The Blazers got closest during the 2018-19 season when they went to the Western Conference Finals but lost to the Golden State Warriors.

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