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April 17, 2015 Updates

Damian Lillard just made these elderly folks’ days. The Trail Blazers guard sent new pairs of his Adidas D Lillard 1 kicks to a group of Portland-area seniors. And they were absolutely elated. “Just because I’m not 29 anymore doesn’t mean I shouldn’t have something this beautiful,” one woman says in the video above, smiling. The crowd got even more excited when Lillard himself walked in — an adorable reminder that NBA fans can be any age. For The Win

April 16, 2015 Updates

And the words that followed are what should stir even the biggest doubters of his defense: "I don't know how much you all pay attention to me and what I do,'' Lillard said coolly. "If there's anything you should know it's I ain't scared or none of that. "And I ain't going to listen to what someone says about me and be OK with that. I'm going to go show. I show up. If anybody says I don't show up, then I don't know what they have been watching. I will say that: I'm going to show up.'' And with that, Lillard grabbed his bag and left the locker room. Game 1 isn't until Sunday in Memphis, but to Lillard, the NBA playoffs had already started. Oregonian

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As Lillard was finding his way at Weber State, Nash was always example No. 1 that he could achieve anything from anywhere. "He's always been an inspiration," Lillard said. "I was always a fan. I'm from the Bay Area, so I knew of him at Santa Clara." Oregonian

"It was an unfortunate injury," Lillard said. "It didn't even feel like it was a bad collision. I was sorry it happened." So instead of facing an icon he idolized as a kid, Lillard will be forced to ponder what could have been as he roams the Staples Center on Friday night. "He had a great career, played a long time," Lillard said. "He will be remembered as one of the greats." Oregonian

March 24, 2015 Updates

Damian Lillard admonished a shoe-seller on Tuesday after he spotted a pair of his shoes — with his signature — for more than twice the retail value on an online marketplace. “Good deed gone bad?” he asked the alleged salesman on Twitter (though the Twitter account linked to the seller hasn’t been active for years.) In the Facebook group, Portland Sole Society, where the shoes were listed, the seller defended himself, writing that he didn’t think Lillard did such a huge favor for him. “Damian still acting like he gave them to me and not Adidas. Maybe he should’ve said what’s up to some people instead of jetting out the back after the 21st signature was signed,” he wrote. “But who cares, he increased the value of the shoe and everyone outside the state of Oregon who saw this thinks its a non issue. Only people its an issue for are you sour Portland fans. Grow up.” For The Win

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Of course, because nothing can ever just be said and left alone, some Golden State Warriors fan took it as an opportunity to pop in a jab about Stephen Curry. The Dan Le Batard Show executive producer Mike Ryan screen-capped the exchange. Lillard responded with scorched-earth, don't-talk-to-me-with-that-goat-mouth tactics: Bleacher Report

March 3, 2015 Updates

For as good as Lillard is at the game that catapulted him from Oakland to Weber State to this place among the NBA's elite — rookie of the year, two-time All-Star, the latest Western Conference player of the week, leader of this Portland team (39-19) that is fourth place in the West — his reputation as a rapper is right there with his basketball prowess. "A lot of people might think, 'Oh he's a basketball player and he's rapping? That's so cliché,' " said Blazers assistant David Vanterpool, a 41-year-old mentor of Lillard's who, as an owner of the Sugar Hill Gang's original Rapper's Delight vinyl, fancies himself an expert on such musical matters. "But he's no joke. He's a rapper who plays basketball, in my opinion." USA Today Sports

Lillard doesn't have an album yet, but all these days of learning and late nights of writing inevitably will lead to that day at some point down the road. As Vanterpool noticed not long after they became so close in 2012, Lillard is a student of the rap game in the same way he is with hoops. He's quite studious, too, often turning his views into verses during late-night, hotel-room sessions that offer the kind of solitude and serenity he craves these days. USA Today Sports

"When I listen to music, I listen for the substance, I listen to the bars, I listen to the beat, and I try to paint a picture with everything that I hear in music," said Lillard, who routinely researches the meaning of words that he hears for the first time as a way to increase his vocabulary. "Whether it's R&B, rap, jazz, country, whatever it is, I try to paint a picture. That's what I try to do when I write because I know I've got a story to tell and I know that there are a lot of people who have probably some of the same experiences, people who might have failed and done bad coming from what I've come from and some who know what I'm saying, who feel exactly what I'm saying." USA Today Sports

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Damian Lillard is already ahead of the game if he avoids a corny flow, and that he does. The Trail Blazers guard appears on "Sway in the Morning" where the whole crew rapped a few bars. Heather B was herself. You may remember her from The Real World when she was trying to make it in the hip-hop industry. Sway, on the other hand, is a sleeper. He's one of those people who never brags about rhyming, but when it's time, he shows up and shows out. Lillard shuts the whole squad down and kills it over Jay Z's "Dead Presidents" beat. The flow is raw and effortless. After constantly having a "4-bar Friday," it's nice to see Lillard participate. Sporting News

As if being a two-time NBA All-Star wasn't enough, Damian Lillard is making a name for himself in the rap industry. In September 2013, he created #4BarFriday, allowing fans to submit their best four lines in a 15-second clip. Lillard then chooses the best four submissions each Friday to highlight. The Instagram account has amassed nearly 50,000 followers to date, and has submissions from LeBron James, Paul George and more in its first 74 weeks. Dame has also taken his rap act to late night talk shows, appearing on the Conan O'Brien Show. NBA.com

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