Posts Tagged ‘Damian Lillard’

Tracy McGrady is back to being a rookie?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There was speculation this week that Tracy McGrady wanted to return to the NBA, a rumor that McGrady himself debunked yesterday on Facebook. But two years ago, McGrady spent a season in China, and even though he was in his 30s at the time, he was still a rookie. And as we see in this new commercial from Foot Locker starring McGrady and Portland’s Damian Lillard, rookies have to do their rookie duties, no matter how old they may be…


VIDEO: Rookie Life

Damian Lillard visits Conan O’Brien

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the NBA regular season literally right around the corner, last night Conan O’Brien welcomed Portland point guard Damian Lillard to talk about the upcoming season, Lillard’s #4BarFriday and Lillard’s poise after his series-winner over Houston…


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Damian Lillard makes most impressive assist yet


VIDEO: Lillard proposal

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you aren’t yet married but think that might be something you’d be interested in, here’s a pro tip: Just asking someone to marry you may not be enough. How you ask someone to marry you is just as important as the actual ask. Sure, some people come up with elaborate schemes to surprise their significant other, while other people appeal to sentiment and romance.

And then there’s this dude in Portland, who came up with a novel plan: Have Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard help him put a ring on it. Before last night’s preseason game, Lillard strolls up to the couple courtside and hands over the engagement ring, which obviously caught the man’s girlfriend off-guard. Nicely done by all…

Damian Lillard in new trailer for NBA Live 15

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we saw the release of a new trailer for NBA 2K15, and now EA Sports has released the new trailer for their upcoming NBA title, NBA Live 15. Live, out in October, is covered by Portland’s Damian Lillard, and he also plays a starring role in this new trailer…


VIDEO: Lillard Live

Damian Lillard celebrates the return of Madden

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’re still a few weeks away from the start of the NBA season, but we’re just days away from football returning. Which of course means the return of the great football video game Madden, which dropped yesterday. In this new commercial from EA Sports, Portland guard Damian Lillard sits down with Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller to play a game of Madden, only to find Miller has an edge that will be hard for Lillard to top.


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The NBA takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

By Jeff Case


VIDEO: GameTime: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken social media by storm the last few weeks and according to alsa.org, the campaign has raised immense awareness for ALS (which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, but is better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Here’s more from the ALSA:

In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally “soaked” the nation. Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours.

Between July 29 and today, August 12, The ALS Association and its 38 chapters have received an astonishing $4 million in donations compared to $1.12 million during the same time period last year. The ALS Association is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support from those people who have been doused, made a donation, or both. Contributions further The Association’s mission to find a cure for ALS while funding the highest quality of care for people living with the disease.

“We have never seen anything like this in the history of the disease,” said Barbara Newhouse, President and CEO of The ALS Association. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with the level of compassion, generosity and sense of humor that people are exhibiting as they take part in this impactful viral initiative.”

With only about half of the general public knowledgeable about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge is making a profound difference. Since July 29, The Association has welcomed more than 70,000 new donors to the cause.

Everyone from celebrities to, perhaps, some of your friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are challenging each other to dump a bucket of ice-cold water on themselves to further awareness of ALS. That list of participants includes NBA players, who have taken on (or doled out) the Ice Bucket Challenge, too. Here’s Michael Jordan, Team USA, Kevin DurantBradley Beal, John Wall, Damian Lillard, J.R. Smith and more taking the plunge:


VIDEO: MJ Ice Bucket

ALS Bucket Challenge @husky4lyfe8 @jharden13 @wardell30 @demar_derozan @kennethfaried35

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What if Damian Lillard was a bust?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In this latest spot from adidas, we catch up with Portland’s Damian Lillard. His latest shoe is the Crazylight Boost, which features adidas’ new Boost cushioning technology. From the press release…

In the video, Damian Lillard shows us he would be great at anything in life by portraying a popcorn-slinging, movie theater employee serving customers before show time. In a dramatized portrayal of the world without Boost, Lillard is interviewed by Turner Sports sideline reporter Rachel Nichols after completing an intense session of serving concessions. Following his interview, the world of “Bust” transforms into the world of “Boost,” where Damian is back to All-Star form on the court.

Have to admit, he’s pretty quick on the popcorn…


VIDEO: Boost or bust

A big week for birthday cakes and the NBA

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — This is apparently a great week to be an NBA player having a birthday, or even if you’re just an NBA player who enjoys eating birthday cake.

Just one day ago we saw Danté Exum presented with a birthday cake. Little did we know it would mark the start of a trend.

Two nights ago, “The Starters” presented Bucks rookie Jabari Parker with this cake.

Last night, after Trey Burke visited “The Starters” on NBA TV, he was presented with a cake, which he promptly smashed into the face of my main man Trey Kerby.

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Meanwhile, out in Portland, Damian Lillard got a birthday cake from a camper at his basketball camp featuring a photo of his Horry Scale shot against Houston from the playoffs.

If that wasn’t enough, Lillard also got a cake with an adidas shoe in the middle of it…

Don’t call Damian Lillard a lizard

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It seems like we’re constantly trying to come up with cool nicknames for NBA players. Some of them stick — one of my favorites was “B-Diddy” for Baron Davis — and some of them don’t — “Slim Reaper” for Kevin Durant.

Recently, an artist did a drawing of Portland’s Damian Lillard represented as a lizard. This was a nod to Lillard’s slithery game, but also a bit of wordplay — “Lillard” sounds a bit like “lizard.”

But as it turns out, Damian Lillard himself hopes this is a nickname that doesn’t stick. In a chat yesterday on ESPN’s SportsNation, someone asked Lillard about being called “Lizard.” And, well, he wasn’t really into it…

Damian Lillard shows off dunking ability at basketball camp

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the surprise standouts at All Star Weekend a few months back was Portland’s Damian Lillard, who threw down one of the most memorable dunks of the weekend. That dunk was commemorated with a GIF…

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Yesterday, at his basketball camp in Portland, Lillard recreated that dunk, and threw down a nasty windmill off the bounce. As he wrote in the caption on Instagram, “Tried to get them to work on fundamentals first, but they wanted to dunk lol. #LillardCamp

Had to end camp with a dunk show for my campers. Great first day! #itsforthekids #dunkcam #RipCity #LillardCamp

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Tried to get them to work on fundamentals first, but they wanted to dunk lol. #LillardCamp

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