Lillard and Wall Draw A Crowd At Compound Gallery For ‘Florist City’ Release

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

On March 19, hundreds of fans lined up outside of Compound Gallery in downtown Portland for the launch of adidas’ “Florist City” collection celebrating the seasons of Trail Blazer Damian Lillard and Wizard John Wall. Fans waited outside for hours for the chance to purchase pieces from the collection, which features a pair of adidas Crazy 1s, a crew neck sweatshirt, a snapback hat and a pair of socks with iconography celebrating the coming of spring in both Portland and Washington, DC, and get their merchandise signed by both Lillard and Wall.

“I’m young and I’ve been able to have some success and help bring some excitement to Portland,” said Lillard. “With everything adidas has done for me and the position they’ve put me in to expand my brand, I think they realize it’s a great thing for me. It’s something for Portland to rally around, for adidas to become stronger in the Portland community. I think it’s great.”

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“I mean, look at it. It’s obvious it’s a really nice shoe. I’m a huge fan of what it represents: The Rose City and the fact that I’m in Portland. Great colorway. Once again, a great idea by adidas. I’m thankful for them being able to have another edition of a shoe for me.” — Damian Lillard

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“Oakland, I grew up there. Odgen is where I had my college experience. Here, I get to be an NBA player in this city. It will always be a part of me. Just the fact that I can have a Rookie of the Year shoe that represented all three of those places, the Portland Trail Blazer Crazy 8 that just came out and then this shoe representing this city, it’s a great feeling. Just to be able to have that opportunity, to be the guy that all of this stuff is around. I’m thankful.” — Damian Lillard

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To celebrate the release, adidas and Compound commissioned five sneaker artists to customize the Crazy 1s for Lillard.

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“The crew neck was kind of a surprise to me, but if we’re going to come out with a shoe, I think it’s only right that you have things to compliment that. My favorite thing was the socks. I love the sock, but the hat and the crew neck, it makes the shoe more versatile. Instead of just being a shoe that I could wear with my uniform, I’m wearing it right now with an outfit. This is something that I would wear if I’m going to hang out during the day. I think the fact that they added that with the crew neck and the hat and the socks that I can wear with the shoe, that makes the shoe more flexible. I can do more things with it. I was excited about that.” — Damian Lillard

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“It’s crazy because last time I was like, ‘Man, that’s a lot of people.’ This time I pulled up and the line was going around the corner. John is here to, that’s a part of it. Just the fact that they lined up to come see us and they’re waiting to come buy our shoes and our hat and our crew neck and our socks. It’s a cool thing because they line up to buy Jordans and LeBrons and KDs. Even though this isn’t really my signature shoe, this shoe represents me and that shoe represents John and these people lined up and waited for hours. It’s a real honor.” — Damian Lillard

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“John, that’s my guy. That’s my dog for real. We talk about how the season is going. This past summer at Team USA we shared a car service, we hung out a lot. Going into the season we both talked about wanting to be All-Stars and we both were able to do that this year. I’m proud of him, I know he’s proud of what I was able to do this season. Looking like his team is going to be in the playoffs, it’s looking like my team is going to be in the playoffs if we keep doing what we’re doing. I’m happy for him, I know he’s happy for my situation and hopefully we can help grow this adidas brand together” — Damian Lillard

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VIDEO: Lillard Cuts Through Crowded Street Market In New Adidas Ad

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
28 mins ago

It’s summer time in Portland (or at least, it’s supposed to be), which means there’s no lack of street fairs, farmers markets, beerfests and art walks to attend. Anyone who frequents such events knows how hard it can be to get from Point A to Point B when there’s thousands of people in between.

But Damian Lillard has you covered. In a new adidas short entitled “Creating Clutch,” the 6-3 point guard out of Weber State traverses a busy street market in China (wearing the “PDX Carpet” colorway of the D Lillard 2, if I’m not mistaken) using an array of moves that you can incorporate into your own crowd-surfing…

Here’s what the folks at adidas have to say about the spot…

In “Creating Clutch,” Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard shows us there is no such thing as downtime if you want to be one of the best clutch players in the NBA. A crowded street market in China during his recent Summer tour became his court, the ultimate opportunity to test his creativity and put his skills to the test.

The spot is one of three released by adidas as a part of the “Here To Create” series, which includes football players chasing rabbits through the Everglades and some kind of soccer/motocross amalgam.

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Podcast: Rip City Report, Post Free Agency Edition

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
1 hour ago

With Portland’s foray into free agency now complete, Joe Freeman, he of The Oregonian/OregonLive.com, and I, Casey Holdahl of ForwardCenter.net/TrailBlazers.com, hit the Moda Center studio to record another edition of the Rip City Report podcast, which you can listen to below…

In this almost all Twitter-submitted questions edition, we discuss the signings of Evan Turner, Festus Ezeli and Meyers Leonard, the decision to match the offer the Brooklyn Nets extended to Allen Crabbe, how the additions and returns could change lineups going forward and the notion that the Trail Blazers need to make a trade. There’s also some hot Pokemon Go and “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” talk to start the show, so you might want prepare yourself to fast-forward through the first few minutes.

You can find the Rip City Report on SoundcloudiTunes and Stitcher. And a reminder that the offseason is a great time to leave a review on iTunes!

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Trail Blazers Match Four-Year Offer For Allen Crabbe

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
3 days ago

UPDATE: The team has officially announced that they have matched the Nets’ offer sheet to Allen Crabbe, though a “formal announcement” and Crabbe actually signing the contract will not occur until later in the week.

ORIGINAL POST

After finishing up their pursuit of new free agents, the Trail Blazers have wasted little time in turning their attention to the free agents on their own roster. After reportedly signing restricted free agent power forward Meyers Leonard to a four-year deal, the Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, have matched the four-year, $75 million offer sheet the Brooklyn Nets tendered to third-year guard/forward Allen Crabbe, ensuring that the former Cal Bear will be back in Portland next season…


As is often the case when it comes to restricted free agents, the Nets offer to Crabbe, who has averaged 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game through three season, was considerably larger than many assumed the 6-6 wing would receive in an effort to discourage the Trail Blazers from matching. And after the Trail Blazers signed free agent guard/forward Evan Turner to a four-year deal, some assumed that combined with the size of the Nets offer might result in Trail Blazers letting Crabbe walk.

But that would not be the case. Crabbe has been a favorite of the front office and coaching staff since the team acquired former Pac-12 Player of the Year via trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2012 Draft. And though he played sparingly in his first two seasons, he saw his minutes increase dramatically in 2015-16, as he appeared in 81 games and responded with averages of 10.8 points on 44 percent shooting and 39 percent shooting from three, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists while serving as one of the team’s best perimeter defenders.

There were rumors that outside of the money and years, Crabbe, who has typically come off the bench for the Trail Blazers, was intrigued by the opportunity to start and play a larger role with the Nets. But for his part, Crabbe seemed more than satisfied that he would be returning to Portland…

With Crabbe now signed, forward Maurice Harkless is the last Blazer still available on the free agent market. Like Crabbe, Harkless is a restricted free agent, which gives the Trail Blazers the right to match any offer he receives from another team. It is also possible for the Trail Blazers to sign Harkless even if he doesn’t receive an offer sheet from another team, as they have reportedly did Sunday with restricted free agent power forward Meyers Leonard.

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