Adidas Celebrates Lillard And Spring With ‘Florist City Collection’

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

As if the longer days and cessation of gray skies weren’t enough to get you excited for springtime in Portland, adidas is releasing what they’re calling the “Florist City Collection” to welcome the changing of the seasons and the success of Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.

The limited-edition collection features an exclusive, “Rose City” colorway of the adidas Crazy 1, a sneaker Lillard has worn quite often recently, along with other adidas apparel with rose print and Portland-branded iconography.

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A little more detail from our friends at adidas …

Spring is here and adidas is celebrating with the release of the Florist City Collection for Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard. The collection includes, socks, hats, sweatshirts and the iconic Crazy 1 basketball shoe all featuring a floral print design and colors commemorating the annual spring celebrations in the city Damian calls home.

Damian’s Rose City edition Crazy 1 pays homage to Portland’s famous rose gardens and Rose Festival with a rose print on the upper and laces and green detailing mirrored after the flower’s stem. Socks feature a sublimated floral print and iconic Portland landmarks, while the sweatshirts designed in partnership with Portland based Bridge & Burn clothing feature Damian specific detailing on the sleeve.

But wait, there’s more! Lillard will be doing a signing at Compound Gallery (107 NW 5th Ave.) in Portland on from 7-9 PM Wednesday, March 19 with fellow adidas-sponsored athlete John Wall, who will be in town with the Wizards to take on the Blazers at the Moda Center on March 20. You get VIP access into the signing if you purchase items from the Florist City line, though the quality of the items is reason enough to cop the whole collection, in my humble opinion.

This is just the most recent of a series of products, which includes player edition colorways of the Crazy 8 and Real Deal, that adidas has put out specifically for Lillard since he was selected by the Trail Blazers with the sixth pick in the 2012 Draft. He’s also been featured in two national television spots to promote the adicolor line at Champs Sports and the adidas CrazyQuick.

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Lillard Talks Free Agency, Team USA and Special Olympics At His Yearly Basketball Camp

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
14 hours ago

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is currently holding his annual youth basketball camp in Beaverton, and unlike some of these events put on by other players, Lillard is there actually there working with the kids every day. If you send your child to the Damian Lillard Basketball Camp, he or she is going to meet Damian Lillard.

But even though the focus is on the kids, Lillard took a few minutes to take questions from the media about the camp, his recent trip to Asia, working with Special Olympics, the upcoming free agent signing period on his involvement with recruiting and why he declined to to play for Team USA.

Damian Lillard participates in his basketball camp on June 30, 2016. Bruce Ely / Trail Blazers

Regarding the Damian Lillard Basketball Camp experience…

“When I get up there and speak, I tell them ‘Make sure you thank your parents, make sure you listen to the coaches, follow their instructions, be coachable, work hard.’ Just simple things like that, a lot of basic things that could teach them a lot more than how simple it is, things like that. Just being here and having a presence is the biggest thing. The session that you guys just watched, it’s something that I’ve enjoyed because it allows me to kind of break apart the game for the kids. For them it might be a little bit boring, but it’s 10 minutes of the day where they get to listen and see what’s going on, that it’s deeper than just a pass and a shot. Some of them are probably too young to follow it as well as the older ones, but I think it’s something that you can really teach them at a young age.”

Damian Lillard participates in his basketball camp on June 30, 2016. Bruce Ely / Trail Blazers

On his relationship with Special Olympics…

“When I was 17, when I first got on campus at Weber State, it was a mandatory thing, we did a one day camp with Special Olympics. The first day I kind of just went in there, I didn’t really know much about it. But then I saw that some of them, they wanted to play against us and they could actually play. They had as much passion with the game as I did, they really enjoyed our company. I’ll never forget, it was a random day like months after the Special Olympics event and there was a kid — I’ll never forget his name — Jason Depper. I was at the mall and he walked up to me at the mall like ‘Remember I made that shot on you?’ and I was just like ‘That’s funny.’ It had that type of impact on him. I’ve been involved ever since.”

Damian Lillard participates in his basketball camp on June 30, 2016. Bruce Ely / Trail Blazers

On his recent trip through Asia with adidas…

“It was fun, did some pop-ups at stores. I went to some 3-on-3 tournaments, watched a lot of kids play. They’re playing so they can all make it to Beijing and it’s like a super tournament over there right now. I did some promotion for my shoes and things like that, I went back to a store that I opened up after my rookie year in Taipei, I went back to Manila. We did a huge event there, I got to get in the three-point shootout, they let me perform a couple times over there. It was kind of on the spot performances, but I had a lot of fun.”

Damian Lillard participates in his basketball camp on June 30, 2016. Bruce Ely / Trail Blazers

Why he decided not to be a part of the 2016 Olympic team…

“It was simple: the last three months of the season I played with plantar fasciitis and it really bothered me. There was days the games seemed like the only time I could play, and that was adrenaline and two hours of treatment before the game. I didn’t want to go into next season dealing with it. I actually really wanted to play and I was really close to saying ‘Just forget it, I’m going to go’ but I didn’t want to go to Rio and come back a month before training camp and my foot still be bothering me, then I can’t give what I want to give to my team. That was just more important to me.”

Damian Lillard participates in his basketball camp on June 30, 2016. Bruce Ely / Trail Blazers

On free agency…

“I think there’s some guys out there that can really help take our team to the next level. I really like the guys we have, too. I’m a strong believer that if guys go home and get better over the summer, we come back, we’ll be that much better. We’ll continue to get better. But my job is to make sure that I’m prepared and when I’m asked about a player that can help us, I’m going to give my honest opinion. That’s my duty to our team.”

His thoughts on Portland’s free agency plan…

“I’m excited, because it’s not hard to see… Our whole roster could look at free agency and say ‘This guy could help us, this guy could help us.’ It’s just a matter of how bad they want to be here, what we have to offer compared to what they would like. We’ll see where it goes. I have no doubt that our team is going to be ready regardless of who we bring in, who we don’t bring in. We’ll come back ready.”

Whether he’s going to help recruit free agents in person…

“Maybe. Maaaaaaybe… I might. To help our team, of course.”

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Damian Lillard To Forego 2016 Olympics

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
1 week ago

According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard will not play for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in order to rest and continue rehabilitating the plantar fasciitis injury that dogged the 6-3 for much of the 2015-16 season. I can confirm this report.

Though Lillard was able to play through the injury after missing seven games in late December, the pain caused by the plantar fasciitis in his left foot never really went away. He received treatment on his foot throughout the season, though the most effective approach to the injury, which causes extreme pain on the bottom of the foot and heel, is rest, which is obviously hard to get when you’re the leader and best player on a team trying to make the postseason. By forgoing the month-long lead up to the Olympics and the Games themselves, Lillard should have the recuperation time he’ll need to go into Portland’s 2016 training camp completely healthy.

Charnania is also reporting that Lillard was hoping for more time to make the decision before being pressed by Team USA for a commitment one way or another. This could very well be true, though if being completely healthy and rested for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season is Lillard’s motivation for declining a Team USA invite, it’s hard to figure how another week or two would change his decision.

Lillard initially declined being a part of the pool that Team USA draws their roster from, though he ultimately relented despite not feeling particularly optimistic about his chances of being named to the Olympic team after being passed over for the FIBA World Cup team in 2014. But between players opting to rest in preparation for the upcoming season and the myriad of concerns regarding the 2016 Games, the number of candidates has dwindled to the point where Lillard would have been a lock to make the Olympic team had he chosen to participate.

But Lillard opting for rest over Rio doesn’t mean you won’t have a Trail Blazer to root for during the Olympics, as Al-Farouq Aminu and the rest of Team Nigeria (a team that also includes former Trail Blazer Ike Diogu and former Oregon Duck Chamberlain Oguchi) have qualified for the 2016 Games after winning AfroBasket 2015 in Tunisia. And CJ McCollum has also been invited to play on the USA Select Team, whose purpose is to help the USA National Team prepare for international events, though players from the Select team have been promoted to the National team, with the most recent example being Mason Plumlee making the 2014 World Cup team.

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Lillard’s ‘Music Monday’ Goes Freestyle With New ‘Shook Ones’ Track

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
3 weeks ago

Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is currently barnstorming through Asia as a part of the adidas “Take On Summer” tour. He’s meeting fans, instructing young players, working on his dance moves and generally having a good time in one of the most basketball-obsessed places in the world.

But even though it’s already Tuesday in Asia, it’s still Monday here in the United States, which means Lillard has a new track to post on his Soundcloud account under his nom de rap “DameDOLLA.” And this week, it’s a freestyle featuring V.I.P., one of Lillard’s regular collaborators, entitled “Shook Ones”…

A few select four bars from Lillard’s latest offering…

Last of a dying breed and they’re taking me for granted
I represent the ones working for it, nothing handed
The world is all backwards. How we lazy and demanding?
We ain’t working towards dreams we’re just working towards mansions

I see my people struggle when they still don’t ask for nothing
We always gonna keep it solid, I know when the times are toughest
I know when they gonna be fine and i know when to give them something
Don’t ever try to finesse me, I know when a sucker bluffing

Good stuff. “Shook Ones” is just the latest of Lillard’s growing number of tracks, which include Soldier In The Game, Full Stomach, Why?, Free Bands, The Villains and last week’s Isley. All of these tracks and more can be found on Lillard’s Soundcloud page.

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