Posts Tagged ‘Damian Lillard’

Damian Lillard meets 92-year-old fan

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Before last night’s Portland/Memphis game, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard interrupted his pregame routine…and he couldn’t have had a better reason for it.

First, a little explanation. The Oregon-based Vital Life Foundation exists to help support “programs that provide meaning and vitality in the lives of seniors and staff members living and working in long term care.” A 92-year-old Portland woman named Merle was a lifelong Blazers fan, but had never been to a Blazers game. Which is where the Vital Life Foundation stepped in, and not only helped Merle get Blazers tickets, but started a social media campaign to try and help make sure Merle would get to meet her favorite Blazer, Damian Lillard.

Word got back to the Blazers and Lillard, and just before tip-off last night, he jogged up into the stands and spent a few moments with Merle…

Damian Lillard has some advice for Andrew Wiggins

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Young players who come into the NBA often find a mentor, an older player who has been around for a while, who understands how the NBA works and is able to show them the way. In this new ad from Foot Locker, Andrew Wiggins finds a mentor in Damian Lillard, who takes Wiggins to the playground and gives him something of an object lesson. It’s just too bad this Bobby Butter guy wasn’t able to find someone to show him the way…

VIDEO: Lillard/Wiggins

The Trail Blazers apparently don’t watch much “Portlandia”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — “Portlandia” is a comedy set in Portland and filmed in Portland. So it’s no surprise that the Portland Trail Blazers have been featured on the show previously, several times.

But that doesn’t mean they watch the show regularly. In this video, several of the Trail Blazers play a little Name That Tune with the theme song of “Portlandia.” They all obviously know the show. The song? Well…

VIDEO: Portland Portlandia

Lillard is no small wonder

VIDEO: Damian Lillard’s top dunks

We are clearly in a golden age of point guards in the NBA.

There’s explosive floor generals like Russell Westbrook, John Wall and Derrick Rose. Slick distributors like Chris Paul. Sharpshooters like Stephen Curry.

And then you have Damian Lillard, a well-rounded point guard who hasn’t met a paint he can’t penetrate, nor a rim he can’t detonate.

Just take a look at what he’s been able to do this season when he puts himself in position to finish at the basket. I’m sure every opponent’s game plan makes the note, but it begs repeating: You have to keep Lillard out of the paint. Or trouble awaits.

The Portland Trail Blazers have taken some bad vacations

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Have you ever taken a bad vacation? Hey, sometimes it happens — perhaps there’s a travel snafu, or you get to the beach and it rains the entire time, or maybe your hotel room is right by the elevator and you can’t get any peace and quiet. Then again, a vacation is a vacation — sometimes just getting away from home is worth any amount of trouble. Several members of the Portland Trail Blazers were asked if they had ever taken a bad vacation, and some of these stories are pretty awful. I mean, Damian Lillard almost dying has nothing on the stuff I mentioned above…

VIDEO: Portland bad vacations

Damian Lillard approves of Nick Cannon as Portland’s signature celebrity

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you watched last night’s Super Bowl, you may have noticed at least one face familiar to NBA fans: Portland’s Damian Lillard, who starred in a Foot Locker commercial along with Nick Cannon, Joey Fatone, Bobby Brown, Ian Ziering and Shock G.

What do you think Portland fans? Are you cool with Nick Cannon as your signature fan?

VIDEO: Lillard Super Bowl

adidas launches Damian Lillard signature shoe the D Lillard 1

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDamian Lillard is midway through his third NBA season, and the Portland Trail Blazers point guard has already piled up accolades — Rookie of the Year, All-Star, as well as a collection of game (and Playoff series) winning shots. And now, thanks to adidas, Lillard joins the select collection of NBA players with their own signature shoe.

From a release from adidas…

The D Lillard 1 features the new Damian Lillard logo which consists of his initials, “DL,” fusing together to create a “0.” The “0” is Lillard’s number on court, which he chose to represent the letter “O” for the three places he’s called home: Oakland, where he grew up, Ogden, where he attended Weber State University, and current home state Oregon. Affixed to the left side of the logo is a wing comprised of three stripes, a nod to the nickname of his group of closest friends and family, the “Fly Guyz.”

“We’re inspired by Damian’s elite work ethic and dedication to the game so we designed every aspect of this shoe to compliment Dame’s play on the court,” said Robbie Fuller, Basketball Design Director. “We’re lucky that Dame lives in Portland and is able to talk with us all the time. We can bounce ideas off him and really see what he’s interested in and what he wants in his footwear. When it came time to design the D Lillard 1 we were able to deliver a shoe that really speaks to him as a player and person.”

To compliment Damian’s fast, confident and complete game, the D Lillard 1 midsole features full length adiprene+ cushioning for enhanced responsiveness and superior heel to toe transition. Lillard’s versatile style of play is supported by a TECHFIT tongue and inner booty that provide heightened comfort and fit. The D Lillard 1 features a new low-cut, yet stable design, allowing for optimal mobility, comfort and versatility on the court.

In addition to performance elements, the D Lillard 1 features details reflective of his personality and style. These details include the Damian Lillard logo featured prominently on the heel of the left shoe, while “Dame” is written across the tongue of the right shoe. The insole of each shoe features a unique rap lyric written by Lillard that relates to each colorway. The lyrics featured on the shoes tie to Lillard’s social media freestyle rap challenge, @4BarFriday. The D Lillard 1 is finished with premium nubuck and leather textures for a sophisticated look and plush fit.

The D Lillard 1 launches at adidas and Foot Locker on February 6 for $105 in three different colorways. Additional colorways will launch throughout the year.

You can customize your own colorway of the D Lillard 1 on beginning January 31 for $105.

For pics of the kicks, check the gallery below…

The Trail Blazers pick their super powers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — If you could have any super power, what would you choose? It’s a valid question, and the way you answer the question, I think, says a lot about you. Me? I’m not sure what I’d go with here. Flying would be awesome, sure, but so would teleportation, or having super speed. When this question is posed to the Blazers, we get a lot of these answers, but also some unique responses — I have to admit Damian Lillard selecting “magic” would be pretty worthwhile.

VIDEO: Blazers Powers

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…

VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 1

VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 2

VIDEO: Conan/Lillard 3