Posts Tagged ‘Portland Trail Blazers’

Robin Lopez interrupts mascot birthday celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — How do you celebrate a birthday? If you’re a mascot, like Sacramento Kings mascot Slamson, you invite a bunch of your mascot friends over to hang out for a game, and you all take turns entertaining the crowd.

Or, if you’re Portland Trail Blazers center (and noted mascot hater) Robin Lopez, you celebrate a mascot’s birthday with a few well-placed punches, elbows and body slams. We will continue to monitor Lopez’s reign of mascot terror…


VIDEO: Lopez mascot birthday

A complete history of Robin Lopez fighting mascots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week we saw what happened when Atlanta mascot Harry the Hawk faced off against Portland’s Robin Lopez. But because we want the “Inside Stuff,” NBA TV’s Kristen Ledlow went behind the scenes on Lopez vs. stuffing, and got the true story on why Robin Lopez had hates mascots so much.


VIDEO: RoLo Inside

Robin Lopez visits Comic Con

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez hasn’t played in a game since mid-December while recovering from a broken hand. The recovery process, however, has not stopped Lopez from enjoying himself, as we’ve faithfully chronicled here on All Ball. In the video below, noted nerd culture aficionado RoLo visits Portland’s Comic Con while wearing X-Men get-up. He later gets elf ears. I don’t know anything about comic books, but this video makes me grateful we have dudes like RoLo in the L…


VIDEO: RoLo Comic Con

Robin Lopez loses staring contest to Harry the Hawk, reacts poorly

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — As we’ve noted many, many times before, Portland center Robin Lopez has a long-standing (and hilarious) anti-mascot policy. This did not escape the notice of Atlanta Hawks mascot Harry the Hawk, who recently publicly announced he was ready for RoLo when the Blazers visited Atlanta.

Well, the reckoning came last weekend as the Blazers visited Atlanta, where Harry the Hawk organized a group of pro-mascot protesters to greet Lopez, and then challenged RoLo to a staring contest. (Side note: Should you be allowed to be in a staring contest if you don’t have working eyelids?)


VIDEO: Harry vs Robin

The Robin Lopez war against mascots rages on

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve spent a lot of time recently looking into Robin Lopez‘s war on NBA mascots. While its origins are unclear, it has manifested in very real ways.

The Portland Trail Blazers were in New York to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, but the game was canceled a few hours early as a precautionary measure with a potential blizzard bearing down on the Northeast. Grantland’s Zach Lowe noted this interrupted a potential story he was chasing…

Lopez responded and for some reason called out Cleveland mascot Moondog…

To his credit, Moondog refused to be bullied…

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)