HoopsHype Damian Lillard rumors

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Even in today’s world, where anything and everything is quickly anointed the greatest this or that, it’s hard to argue that Lillard’s 25-foot three-pointer off an inbounds pass that started with 0.9 seconds left isn’t the most difficult, most dramatic and most important shot in this franchise’s 45-year history. “This city has been waiting for this type of moment, this night, for a long time,’’ Aldridge said. “They probably still cheering in their cars, in their houses.’’ Oregonian

"The play was for LaMarcus," said Batum, "but [Lillard] was so wide open, we had to break the play." "To be honest, I didn't think Dame would come that open," said Stotts. "[Aldridge] was probably the first look, but Dame came wide open." ESPN.com

Because after you danced in the aisles, after you took your shirt off, and after you roared so loud the concrete winced, Damian Lillard showered, got dressed, and spoke into a press conference microphone that broadcast to the world. “It’s definitely the biggest shot of my life,’’ he said answering a question. Then there was a pause, ever so slight. “So far.’’ Oregonian

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"The thing is (Sterling) is probably not the only one that feels that way," said Lillard, who learned of the story on Twitter. "I wasn't even aware of who (Sterling) was by name. I think because (racism) goes so far back in our history, that maybe people might think that it doesn't exist. But there might be some people still out there that feel that way." USA Today Sports

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It’s hard to make sense of it considering four players I spoke with — LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum — all say they want Stotts back. It’s hard to fathom there’s danger for the guy who has coached the league’s best offense, and has guided the marked development of Joel Freeland, Will Barton, and Lillard while igniting career-best seasons from Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Batum and Matthews. Yet, from all appearances, Stotts is dangling in the wind. Oregonian

April 16, 2014 Updates

There is a lot of talk about signature shoe deals and it does seem that Lillard and adidas will roll out a Lillard shoe line as part of this new deal. These tend to be very risky for shoe companies, mainly because of the costs involved in crafting all of the products for a dedicated line. The hope is always to hit a home run, but shoe brands are increasingly more interested in outfitting players in existing products or slightly customized versions of products than spinning up player specific products, the miss rate is pretty high. Basketball Insiders

April 14, 2014 Updates

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard signed a contract extension with adidas on Monday that will make make him one of the highest-earning endorsers in the NBA. The deal, which can extend to 10 years, could be worth up to $100 million including incentives and options, sources told ESPN.com. It's believed to be the largest shoe deal since Derrick Rose signed a 13-year deal in 2012 that could be worth more than $185 million. LeBron James and Kevin Durant, both of whom are with Nike, are the highest-earning active players when it comes to shoe endorsements. ESPN.com

Adidas has the official apparel deal of the NBA, but only had a 5.5 percent stake of the U.S. basketball market shoe sales market in 2013, according to SportsOneSource, a market retail tracking firm. Nike and the Jordan Brand, which it owns, combined for 92 percent. ESPN.com

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