Some great behind-the-scenes footage from Damian Lillard's Rookie of the Year press conference in this short "NBA Rooks" clip from the NBA. I love Damian's mom saying she expected him to win Rookie of the Year because that's what he told her he would do when he was 12. Moms don't forget.
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It's Day Two at the NBA Combine in Chicago, and we learn from The Oregonian's Jason Quick that the Trail Blazers, after conducting interviews yesterday with UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, Indiana's Cody Zeller, Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams and San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin, will interview Georgia shooting guard Kentavio
So it's fitting that adidas, to celebrate his 2012-13 Rookie of the Year season, has released a limited-edition "player exclusive" of yet another shoe, the adidas Real Deal. The shoe incorporates various elements that pay homage to Lillard's past and present.
An interesting tidbit from The Oregonian's Jason Quick in his story about the first day at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. According to Quick, the Trail Blazers might be looking for a team willing to trade for what is projected to be the 10th pick.
Portland's front office staff have been busy during the first day of the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. They've interviewed Shabazz Muhammad and Cody Zeller and now we hear from Jason Quick that they've also interviewed Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams.
UCLA guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad discusses his interview with the Portland Trail Blazers at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. Some of his comments specific to his interview with the Blazers ...
More NBA Combine news via Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com, who follows up this report this morning about the Trail Blazers interviewing UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad with another name: Indiana big man Cody Zeller.
The Draft Combine starts today in Chicago, during which draft eligible players will be measured, drilled and interviewed by front office staff. And according to Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com, the Trail Blazers have already conducted at least one interview ...
Chris Mannix over at SI.com has posted his final NBA Draft "big board," which will morph into a mock draft after the draft order is decided on Tuesday. I'm not entirely sure what the difference is, at least if you prescribe to the notion that teams, especially teams selecting in the lottery, go with the best player availabl
The Trail Blazers wasted no time hiring a new assistant to replace Kaleb Canales, who parted with the team last week to join Rick Carlise's staff in Dallas. Today, the team has announced that Nate Tibbetts, who most recently spent time as an assistant in Cleveland, will join the Trail Blazers as an assistant.
Some behind-the-scenes footage from the "Quick Ain't Fair" TV spot courtesy of our friends at adidas. Damian Lillard handles most of the narration as you see how the spot featuring Lillard, John Wall, Jrue Holiday and rapper A$AP Rocky was put together.
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The fine folks at adidas basketball have released a video short for the "Quick Ain't Fair" campaign to celebrate Damian Lillard winning Rookie of the Year. Rapper A$AP Rocky delivers the following verse:
A truly great video from Brian Grant's "Powering Forward" campaign to fund Parkinson's research. Grant, one of the all-time most beloved Trail Blazers, and five other people with Parkinson's climb Mount St. Helens together. Beautiful visuals to go along with a beautiful story. And a reminder that Grant's annual "Shake It T
Damian Lillard really put work in on his trip to Atlanta. First, he was on Game Time on NBA TV, then he finished the night off by joining Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neil and Kenny Smith on Inside The NBA on TNT. Damian talks about growing up in Oakland and how it shaped his approach to the game, the benefit
ESPN.com's NBA Draft guru Chad Ford has released the second version of his 2013 Mock Draft. And with the 10th pick, Ford has the Portland Trail Blazers selecting ...
2012-13 will go down as the season in which the inevitable finally caught up with Wesley Matthews. After playing through various injuries throughout the course of his NBA career, injuries that would have sidelined most of his contemporaries, Matthews finally had to relinquish his consecutive games played streak at 250 after
Damian Lillard, the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year, joined Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey via phone on this week's edition of Trail Blazers Courtside. Lillard talked about winning the award and the reaction of his family and friends, what activities he enjoys doing in the offseason, where Kobe Bryant and Lebron James rank
The NBA put together a package of Damian Lillard's top plays to celebrate his unanimous selection as the 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year. It's a good mix, though I feel like they missed a few and went a bit heavy on the layups. You guys think they missed anything?
There was little doubt, if any, that Damian Lillard would win Rookie of the Year, but whether he would join Ralph Sampson, David Robinson and Blake Griffin as the only rookies to win the award unanimously was still up for debate.
Lillard wins Rookie of the Year after sweeping the Kia Rookie of the Month awards this season, joining Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, David Robinson and Ralph Sampson as the only players in NBA history to do the same. Lillard joins Brandon Roy (2007) Sydney Wicks (1972) and Geoff Petri
News out of Europe today that Kostas Papanikolaou, whose rights the Trail Blazers acquired in the deal that sent Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas to the Knicks, has been named the Euroleague's Rising Star Trophy winner for the 2012-13 season. The award goes every year to the best player under the age of 22 competing on a Euro
"The great players in this league are consistent," said Hickson. "Watching LA, watching Dame, watching guys like Wes play hard every single night and do what they're known for every single night, I think that's what makes players special in this league. And I think I took a step closer this season at becoming that much bett
The folks over at adidas released a television spot today featuring point guards John Wall, Jrue Holiday and our very own Damian Lillard for the Quick Ain't Fair campaign to promote the new adidas Crazyquick. With rapper A$AP Rocky providing the voice over, the ad features Lillard, Wall and Holiday in a dimly lit gym breaki
In breaking these down, we will choose the best line-ups based on their offensive and defensive efficiencies, which is the amount of points scored (offensive) or given up (defensive) per 100 possessions, how they shot (effective field goal percentage, or eFG% for short, which is weighted for the value of the three-point sho
"We're going to learn from our mistakes. This year was a good year for everybody because you've got a guy like Damian who learned a lot. We all know what he's done this year, scoring-wise, but he learned a lot about the game, how to lead a team … I'm excited for next year."
The Cleveland Cavaliers re-hiring Mike Brown to be head coach of the team has renewed discussion about whether Lebron James would consider a return to the team who drafted him when his player option comes up in 2014. The theory is that Lebron, bolstered by winning a few titles in Miami, would return as a free agent to his n
There are all kinds of experiences rookies go through their first season in the NBA. Nothing can prepare you for the rigors of an NBA season, from fighting for position against grown men to playing four games in five nights, so the only way to truly learn what it's like is to go through the experience.
The Portland Trail Blazers played in a lot of close games this season, particularly early in the year, so it makes sense for last one of our plays to show up in the NBA's Top 10 Game-Winners of the 2012-13 Regular Season highlight package. But for one team to have a third of the Top 10 shows just how prolific the 2012-13 Tr
That was an interesting season for the team and for myself. What happened last summer, we changed the team, the coaching staff, new players, everything. So that was an interesting season. Like I said last night, people don't really expect something from us this year because we've got a young team. That was kind of new. If y