Damian Lillard: I realized I needed a surgery after a conversation with Jrue Holiday

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Damian Lillard: I realized I needed a surgery after a conversation with Jrue Holiday

Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard revealed it was Milwaukee Bucks' Jrue Holiday who advised him to undergo an abdominal surgery. After Lillard's lower abdominal tendinopathy flared up during the Tokyo Olympics, Holiday told Lillard it was time to undergo a surgery.

On January 13, Lillard underwent a surgery. Holiday, who won his first NBA championship last season, had a similar surgery during the 2018-19 season. "He was the first person that pretty much confirmed that I needed to have surgery, because I sat out of practice one day and I was like, 'I can't move,' and I was kind of just holding it.

And he just started describing every single symptom," Lillard said, per ESPN. "And he was like, 'I had it.' "

It got to the point where Lillard couldn't control it anymore

Lillard felt the abdominal pain for the first time in 2015 and since then it was gradually increasing.

"It was just one of those things where I've always had control over how I moved and everything, and it had reached a point where my body couldn't do what my mind wanted it to do and go places that I wanted it to go," Lillaed explained.

"At some point you've got to play chess; you've got to make decisions that suit you for the long haul and not just right now." Before the surgery, Lillard averaged 24 points and 7.3 assists in 29 games played this year. "I'm just a week from surgery.

We said we'll reevaluate my situation weeks out, six to eight weeks, and we'll talk about it then. But I'm not in a rush," he said. "My No. 1 goal is to win a championship. I've got to be in the best form of myself to make that happen and to be a part of that. So I'm not in a rush. We'll talk about whatever that timeline is when we get to that point."