Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’

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 miadidas.com 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

Nick Young can’t stop the swag

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We love Lakers guard Nick Young around these parts — the man known as Swaggy P who is at the very least always interesting. And for all his exploits, which you can read about here, he’s not afraid to take the big shots.

Last night in Portland, for example, after the Blazers tipped a ball into the backcourt, Nick trotted back, picked up the ball, took a couple of dribbles and drained the impossibly long Swaggy three at the shot clock buzzer…


VIDEO: Swaggy 3

Brook Lopez really wants to be in the new ‘Star Wars’ movie

By Jeff Case

Among NBA players who are in-tune with comic book culture and things some might consider nerdy, Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez is considered a go-to source (as he’s proven over in naming The Avengers, playing a round of Nerdsketball and more).

But, don’t overlook his twin brother, Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets, on having strong opinions on pop culture/comic book-type stuff, too.

According to Fred Katz of Bleacher Report, Brook Lopez said he wants to play a wookie in the next Star Wars movie:

Only one of the Lopez brothers could spend an extended period of time debating the merits of Bane as well as launching into an in-depth discussion about Darth Vader.

Please give Wesley Matthews his space

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — When an NBA player is waiting to check into an NBA game, they’re usually asked to take a seat in front of the scorer’s table, so that the timekeeper can remember to blow the horn and let the refs know there’s a sub waiting to check in. During Wednesday night’s Portland/Milwaukee game, while Wesley Matthews was waiting to check in, a referee stopped by the scorer’s table to ask a question, and from Matthews’ reaction, the ref may have gotten a bit too close for comfort.

Wesley Matthews did not appreciate how close this ref got. (h/t Guy Haberman)

A video posted by Bleacher Report (@bleacherreport) on

After the game, Matthews confirmed his incredulous reaction…

(via B/R)

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

Harry the Hawk stands up for mascots, challenges Robin Lopez

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Just yesterday we examined the disturbing serial hatred Portland center Robin Lopez has for mascots all over the NBA. Well, one NBA mascot has seen enough and has thrown down a public comically oversized gauntlet to Lopez. Atlanta’s Harry the Hawk posted the following video to Instagram last night, showing that he’s ready for Lopez when Portland rolls into Atlanta on January 30. That may be over a month away, but the anticipation is building.

You don't bully mascots and get away with it, Robin Lopez!

A video posted by Atlanta Hawks (@atlhawks) on

Robin Lopez continues reign of terror against NBA mascots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We need to talk about Robin Lopez. Specifically, we need to talk about how the Blazers center has something against NBA mascots. Almost exactly a year ago, Lopez had a run-in with Hooper, the Detroit Pistons mascot. And then a few months later, Lopez admitted his mascot hatred, singling out the Toronto Raptor as his least favorite with the ominous words, “He knows.”

So with Lopez and the Trail Blazers in Detroit last night, Hooper decided to confront Lopez, in a way, by putting out a sign challenging Lopez to not add a drawing of Hooper’s head to a caricature of Lopez.

Passive aggressive? Perhaps, but after getting body-slammed a year ago, Hooper may have felt vindicated in doing so. Either way, Lopez took the bait and completed the drawing…

And before tip-off, to add injury to insult, Lopez found Hooper and delivered a modified belly-to-belly suplex…

By now, NBA mascots should know better than to mess with RoLo…

A video posted by Portland Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) on

You’ve been warned, NBA mascots. Avoid Robin Lopez at all costs!

Fans get (really) close look at Blazers blimp

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Attending an NBA game these days is a true spectacle — loud music, flashing lights, floor projection systems, and during timeouts, some teams use inflatable blimps to fly around indoors and drop gifts to the fans below.

Last night in Portland during the Blazers/Pacers game, an inflatable car blimp was deployed to soar over the stands…until things got a little out of control.

The Blazers — thanks to Robin Lopez — know The Avengers

By Jeff Case

Comic book movies as a part of the summer blockbuster schedule have become a regular affair and next May, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” will hit theatres. One player who is surely looking forward to that flick has to be noted comic book fan/Nerdsketball expert Robin Lopez of the Portland Trail Blazers.

The team took to asking the squad how well they knew The Avengers and, well, if it weren’t for Lopez being on the team, Portland wouldn’t have done so hot at this quiz …


VIDEO: The Blazers know The Avengers