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Damian Lillard provides hilarious response to being told he's better than Kobe Bryant

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Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has become one of the most accessible NBA players on social media in recent months.

The All-Star has often opened himself up to answer questions for fans on multiple occasions and has not been afraid to come across as honest and refreshing.

Speaking to ESPN earlier this month about the power of social media, Lillard said: "When I got to the league, that's when I realised how useful it could be. As far as growing your brand and allowing people to get to know you as a person."

Dame has certainly opened up to his fans during this offseason and has provided some interesting thoughts on a range of topics.

The point guard has been answering questions related to basketball as well as other matters and delivered a priceless response to a tweet he received from a fan during his most recent Q&A session.

Rather than ask Lillard a question, the fan simply told the Blazers star: "Ur better than Kobe [Bryant]."

The 27-year-old acknowledged the compliment but had a hilarious reply, saying: "I love me... but no lol."

Dame D.O.L.L.A is hugely confident in his own abilities and considers himself to be one of the best point guards in the league, but he's not prepared to compare himself to an NBA legend.

He could easily have accepted the compliment, but Lillard instead chose to recognise that Kobe is a true great of the game and is willing to accept that he isn't on that level at the moment.

Bryant has set numerous league records while racking up many individual awards along the way that will see him become a Hall of Famer.

Not to mention the Black Mamba has five championship rings and is a former MVP winner.

It may be unlikely that the All-NBA guard reaches the heights that Kobe did, but he's certainly carving an impressive career out for himself already as one of the league's elite point guards.

Lillard has already become the tenth player in NBA history to record at least 8,000 points and 2,000 assists in his first five seasons joining the likes of Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson, and LeBron James.

He is also just the second player in league history to make at least 1,000 three-pointers in his first five campaigns.

Portland's franchise player is also coming off his best individual campaign where he averaged a career-high 27.0 points per game.

He may not be better than Kobe, but he can certainly be happy with the player he is and there is definitely better things to come from the Oakland native.

Topics:
Damian Lillard
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
Western Conference
NBA
L.A. Lakers
Pacific Division
Kobe Bryant
CJ McCollum

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