Damian Lillard Requests Custody Battle Date Change for NBA Game

Balancing court and court: Lillard's dual November 24 dilemmas.

by Nouman Rasool
Damian Lillard Requests Custody Battle Date Change for NBA Game
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In a pressing conflict of professional and personal commitments, Milwaukee Bucks star Damian Lillard is seeking a date change for his child custody hearing with estranged wife, Kay'La Lillard. The court hearing is presently slated for November 24, the same day Lillard's team is scheduled to face off against the Washington Wizards in what will be their second of three matchups this NBA season.

Documents obtained by RadarOnline reveal that Lillard has formally filed a motion to reschedule the hearing. The motion states, "Petitioner cannot appear at the hearing on November 24, 2023, due to a work-related conflict that he cannot reschedule.

Petitioner is a professional basketball player with the NBA, and he is contractually required to be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 24, 2023, for an NBA Regular Season game and the preparations related thereto”.

Legal Team Conflicted

Interestingly, it isn't just Lillard facing time constraints; his legal team also cited “existing conflicts” as a reason to request a date change. The motion argues that Lillard should "be entitled to have his attorneys available to represent his interests at the hearing." The stakes are high for both Lillard's personal life and his basketball career.

The Bucks, the 2021 NBA champions, are tipped for another deep playoff run, and each regular-season game could significantly impact their chances of securing home-court advantage. With a five-hour time difference between Wisconsin and Oregon, Lillard faces logistical challenges that would likely force him to miss essential team practice and meetings.

This new development adds a layer to what has already been an eventful season for Damian Lillard. After a high-profile move from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Milwaukee Bucks, Lillard made headlines again when he helped lead the Bucks to a win against the Miami Heat, scoring 25 points.

The move to pair him with two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo seems to be paying off, as indicated by their recent performances. Antetokounmpo dominated that night with 33 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, further solidifying the Bucks as a force to be reckoned with this season.

The court's decision could have a ripple effect not just on Lillard’s personal life but also on his team's season, putting extra pressure on all parties involved. As fans eagerly await the outcome, the case becomes yet another example of how the balancing act between professional commitments and personal life can be particularly precarious for high-profile athletes.

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