Posts Tagged ‘Damian Lillard’

Curry, Cavaliers top NBA merchandise list

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry may have lost in the NBA Finals, but he remains on top in at least one metric for popularity: jersey sales.

In the newest rankings of most popular NBA jerseys, based on overall sales on from April through June, Curry remains in the number one spot, where he’s been since the end of the 2014-15 season. Also in the top five are Cleveland’s LeBron James, recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

Meanwhile, when it comes to team sales, fans are clearly celebrating the recent title for the Cavaliers, as Cleveland is atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. The Cavs are followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also worth noting, Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever. Also, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Miami Heat
8. Toronto Raptors
9. New York Knicks
10. Boston Celtics

Allen Crabbe’s golf debut doesn’t go so well

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — In this week’s Morning Tip column by David Aldridge, Blazers guard Damian Lillard talks about how before the season started, he helped organize a team outing to San Diego to promote camaraderie. And just because the season started, it doesn’t seem the team outings have stopped. Yesterday, Lillard posted this video of Blazers forward Allen Crabbe along with several teammates at Topgolf, where Crabbe steps to the tee and, well…

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In his defense, Crabbe says this was his first-ever attempt at swinging a golf club…

Never doubt the Portland Trail Blazers

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Portland Trail Blazers entered this season with many NBA experts predicting a tough road. They had only recently traded Nic Batum, plus lost Wesley Matthews and LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, so it seemed as if this could be a rebuilding campaign. The Blazers, however, had other ideas, and, led by their dynamic duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, are currently 34-31 and in the Western Conference playoff picture. The Blazers released this commercial today to remind people that just when we thought they were out, they pulled us back in…

VIDEO: Never doubt Rip City

adidas introduces Black History Month collection inspired by Jesse Owens

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With February right around the corner, adidas has unveiled their Black History Month collection, inspired this year by the legendary track and field athlete Jesse Owens. As adidas notes, at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Owens “became a groundbreaking athlete and symbol for social justice and equality after a historic performance where he became the first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in a single games, all while under tremendous global tension.” And he did it while wearing a pair of spikes handmade by adidas founder Adi Dassler.

For Black History Month, adidas athletes will wear shoes that pay tribute to Owens. From a release via adidas…

James Harden, Damian Lillard and Derrick Rose, among others, will debut the exclusive collection during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day games and continue to wear the commemorative editions in select games throughout February to celebrate Black History Month and honor African-American role models like Jesse.

Each model features cream tones, dark brown contrasts, gold accents and signature details including Owens’ 733 bib number treated with gold foil on the tongue and a 1936 graphic-print in the sockliner.

The D Rose 6 features an aged, tumbled leather upper that pays homage to the medal-winning cleats worn by Owens, contrasted by off-white hits and a clear outsole with gold flecks. He was the first American to claim four medals at the games and gold accents on the D Rose logo, heel straps, tongue detailing, lace lock and faceted eyelets celebrate the groundbreaking feat. The sneaker also features a subtle tribute to the crowd in attendance with a black-and-white photo printed on the collar lining and back of the tongue.

Inspired by Owens’ track uniform at the games, the D Lillard 2 is designed with an off-white color palette, while the upper’s cracked, gold foil texture and accents echo the medals won. The upper is also color blocked with cream suede and mesh paneling for clean, comfortable style on and off the court. The silhouette pairs Oak Print hits with a fresh coat of vintage-white at the midsole, eyelets and heel cap that seamlessly blend with a clear outsole.

The Crazylight Boost 2.5, worn by James Harden and Andrew Wiggins, features a mix of materials in the upper including off-white, gradient Primeknit and genuine leather with gold foil treatment. The 2.5 also includes a ‘Jesse Owens’ graphic print lace jewel and the elite sprinter’s name embroidered on the inside of the tongue. Gold accents on the silhouette’s lace tips and signature details deliver a true gold metal tribute.

The D Rose 6 ($140) and D Lillard 2 ($105) roll out in January at For detailed images, check below… (more…)

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