Social Media In The Offseason: Weddings, National Teams And Newborns

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

Every couple of weeks this offseason, we’ll be checking in on how Portland’s players and coaches are staying busy this summer via their social media accounts …

LaMarcus Aldridge

From the looks of his Twitter and Instagram account, LaMarcus Aldridge is thinking about next season …


Next season tho!

Spending time this his sons …


Happy Birthday to my Jr.


We in the gym getting right.

And kicking back in Newport Beach, CA enjoying the view and some red meat …


Rocking the @nicbatum88 number at my burger place in Newport.

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard’s new “Boost or Bust” commercial for adidas dropped this week to rave reviews. Here’s Lillard in character …


Thanks for all of the love for my new @adidashoops #Boost or Bust spot. If you haven’t caught it yet, hit the link in my bio to see it now. #PopcornHandles #CheeseSauceIsAHandful #CrazyLight #ThreeStripeLife

But his brand still isn’t big enough, I guess. Now Lillard wants a million followers. He’s about halfway there …

The addition of grill cheese art to your profile has to be good for at least a few thousand followers …

When he’s not marketing this summer, Lillard is running basketball camps …

And repping for his teammates …


#RipCity… #Batumshakalaka … @nicbatum88 … Nice day in PDX , why not!

Wesley Matthews

Whatever Wesley Matthews is doing this summer, he’s doing it without a shirt on. Here’s Wes shirtless on a boat …

And Wes shirtless at the beach … Some beach soccer. (There was a ball up there) @victorclaver and @nicbatum88 don’t wanna see me!!! Lol really tho

Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum is spending most of his time training with the French National Team for the upcoming FIBA World Cup, which begins in Spain at the end of the month … It’ll be a long 1h 20 flight France jersey Love wearing this blue jersey #GoFrance #worldcup2014Spain Match contre la Croatie ce soir à Pau #teamFrance #spain2014/ game against Croatia tonight! Bonne victoire contre la Croatie ce soir, place à la Grèce demain!/ good win against Croatia tonigh, next Greece #bleublanctour Pippen My 2 idols and favorit players ever: Scottie Pippen and Dejan Bodiroga. 2 of the best who ever play this game (NBA and Europe) and who won with their national teams #legends

Robin Lopez

Most of you probably know that Robin Lopez recently got back from an NBA goodwill trip to Russia. On the way back, Robin and his older brother, Chris, made a stop in Hong Kong to do some shopping …
They make Yohji Yamamotos in size 20! #WhoKnew #ThanksAdidas

Welp Robin found a retailer of his new favorite designer (at least since they finally started sending him Y3 stuff in his size hehe #HK #HongKong #HongKongDisney #HongKongDisneyland #HKDisney #Disneyland #DisneylandHollywoodHotel #HollywoodHotel #ArtDeco #Elevator #MenInTheMirror #Reflections #ChromeAndBlue #MeMyselfAndMyLilBro #Rolo #RobinLopez #LilBrother #Lighting #China Seattle/Mariners

And reenacting some classic video game scenes in front of a statue of Bruce Lee …

“Street Fighter” in Hong Kong v.s. @cp15 in front of the master #BruceLee. Gotta repost some of my other #StreetFighter matches from trips maybe… #AvenueOfTheStars #Kowloon #Hadouken !!!

RoLo is now back in the United States, but he’s not done traveling. He’s off to Seattle to spending a few days and throw out a first pitch at a Mariners game (more on that later) …

Flying into Seattle to visit @chldfthnght @t3hats and the @mariners. Also, gonna find the Elliot Bay Towers #ArmsWarmedUp #TomThreeHatsWheresFrasier??

Dorell Wright

Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright is getting married this weekend. Congrats Dorell! TMZ was able to get a bit of a scoop regarding what Wright wanted to wear at the wedding …

NBA Player Dorell Wright — I Wanted to Get Married in Jordans … But I Got Veto’d
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Rather than have some stuffy wedding party, Wright and his fiance took a group of friends to Six Flags. Insert your own “marriage is like a roller coaster” comments …

We bout to shout this sht down. @mio_myo @jaye_m @bbrownsix_ @jaccpot__bird @mr_ws @_dwright55 @ashley_arinn @coachlala_v @myemichi @ashafalco @@mschantu4u and taren


Smh @ekpeudoh and I couldn’t get on Goliath becuz we were too tall. Knees all in the chest area. Pause. Lol


My 3pt assassin hooked me up

Victor Claver

Victor Claver, like Batum, is deep into preparations with the Spanish National Team for the upcoming FIBA World Cup. Spain is the host country, and with an important player on the United States National Team roster either dropping out or getting injured, the Spaniards have to like their chances …


Teníamos ganas de empezar, ahora toca currar y disfrutarlo! We couldn’t wait to start, let’s work and enjoy the game! #SomosEquipo #Spain2014


Un día más en la oficina / One more in the office #SomosEquipo #Spain2014


Boys will be boys…some longer than others @ruuufio #SergioLlull


Relax en el #espaciodanone . Un lujo que hemos disfrutado estos días de entrenamiento en Madrid #alimentasonrisas 🙂


Salimos hacia el Coliseum para jugar el primer partido de la #rutaÑ2014 contra Canada. A las 20h en TDP! Headed to the arena to play against Canada our first exhibition game before the World Cup @sergiorodriguezoficial @mr_avecclasse

Will Barton

Will Barton had a huge, life-changing event this summer: the birth of his first child, a son named Wyatt. And like any good first-time dad, Barton is posting plenty of photos of his little man …


No matter what son imma always be be there for you. No excuses. I promise. Wyatt Darrell Barton ya father got you I love you…..


I don’t touch a ball now without you on my wrist. I always played with passion but now you make me want it even more. I’m gonna be great I see no other way.


Rest easy son you ain’t gotta worry bout nothing. Ya father a go getter and I refuse to not be in your life. Imma fight for US! I love you. #lilThrill

CJ McCollum

After the Las Vegas Summer League, CJ McCollum returned to Portland to put on the first basketball camp of his professional career …


Day two of camp in the books! Defensive station was live today. Having fun working with the kids

After that, it was off to Toronto for the OVO Festival featuring Drake, Usher, YG, 50 Cent and G-Unit, J.Cole and Trey Songz. McCollum met up with fellow NBA players Kemba Walker and Anthony Bennett …


Good times at OVO with good people: @_kw15 @kedow_walker @shaded_bev


In the “6” with my guy @ab3nnett . . Weekend was real

Meyers Leonard

Meyers Leonard has been hanging out in Michigan with new Trail Blazer and veteran center Chris Kaman and assistant coach Kim Hughes …


Had a great week of workouts in Michigan with Coach Kim and @ChrisKaman .. Getting excited for the upcoming season! #RipCity

He’s also made time to drop by one of Lillard’s youth camps …


Had a great time today speaking, signing autographs and taking pictures at @damianlillard Basketball Camp. #RipCity

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

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
1 day 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 day 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
4 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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