HoopsHype Damian Lillard rumors

February 24, 2014 Updates

Rival shoe companies have been well-versed on the matter for months and are expected to make competitive offers, but CSNNW.com is told that Nike stands the best chance of luring Lillard away from adidas. CSNNW.com

February 23, 2014 Updates

“When you work so much at things, you start to expect results,” he said. “When I take those shots, I expect to make them. I’m confident. It’s not always necessary to yell and scream about everything. Sometimes it’s necessary, but if I didn’t do it I didn’t feel like it was necessary.” He is just 23 and still fresh enough in the NBA to become the first player ever who qualified and participated in all five All-Star events last weekend in New Orleans. “It’s amazing. I see his growth every year,” Blazers teammate LaMarcus Aldridge said. “He has gotten better every year.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

He earned Rookie of the Year honors last season, played alongside Aldridge in his first All-Star Game last Sunday and has helped lead the Blazers into contention for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 36-18 record entering this weekend. It looks like it has all come so easy … “I can’t say I expected it,” Lillard said. “It’s tough. You work so hard and you expect to be successful, but things don’t happen this fast. I mean, Rookie of the Year, All-Star team, my team is playing great. You’ve got to be thankful for it. I’m blessed to be in this position.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

February 19, 2014 Updates

"We're going to have a solid, strong roster," he said. "It's way too early to assume who's going to be there. "I've been told that (James) Harden and (Russell) Westbrook want to participate. "Derrick Rose may be somewhat ready to come back at that time." Rose is recovering from a serious knee injury. "But we've got a lot of good, young players - Paul George, Damian Lillard," Colangelo said. "(LaMarcus) Aldridge will be a part of our roster this year. FIBA.com

February 17, 2014 Updates

Portland was remarkably one of four NBA teams to have more than one player participating in Sunday’s main event. In order for that to occur, that team has to be winning ball games. When you’re winning, players want to follow. And according to Aldridge, a couple of All-Star players that shall remain anonymous have approached him, telling him that they would like to play with himself and Damian Lillard in Portland. “Definitely a few guys have told me that this weekend,” Aldridge informed CSNNW.com. CSNNW.com

Lillard added: " It was a great experience for me. Playing in this game today, that's the ultimate goal to be in the All-Star Game, playing with LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. I enjoyed myself. "I understand [that minutes are] a seniority thing. You've got guys that are producing at the same level that I am for my team and they've been here five times already. They're going to be on the floor. That's a respect thing and that's the way it should be. If I'm ever a five-time or four-time All-Star and a first-time All-Star comes in and plays more minutes than me, or finishing the game over me, I'm not going to like that. I respect it." Blazers Edge

February 15, 2014 Updates

Damian Lillard’s sixth All-Star Weekend competition was not like the five that have had him in the headlines. The Portland Trail Blazers point guard has attracted attention all over the NBA for being the first player ever to attempt all five major events (the Rising Stars Challenge, skills competition, three-point shootout, dunk contest and the All-Star Game itself), but the #4BarFriday party he hosted at the Maison club in downtown New Orleans on Friday was a contest of his own creation. All season, Lillard has been posting raps on his Instagram account with the #4BarFriday hashtag, and it’s taken on a life of its own. For The Win

February 6, 2014 Updates

NBA All-Stars Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and John Wall of the Washington Wizards headline the list of dunkers in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk (#SpriteSlam), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors and Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings fill out the Western Conference teams, while reigning Sprite Slam Dunk champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors completes the East roster. This year's event will feature the participants competing as a team -- three players representing the Eastern Conference and three players representing the Western Conference -- in an above-the-rim two-round format. In a significant first in the event's history, the competition will tip off with a Freestyle Round where the dunkers for each conference will have 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. At the conclusion of the Freestyle Round, the panel of judges will then choose a winner by voting "East" or "West." The winning conference will earn the advantage of deciding whether its dunkers will dunk first or second in the head-to-head battles that take place in the Battle Round. NBA.com

NBA All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves headline the field of participants for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (#FootLockerThree) taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday) at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. The Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, who will also be participating in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars challenge, Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs and Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic complete the field. The NBA's best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference's charities. NBA.com

Reigning champion Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, both All-Stars for the first time this year, headline the list of participants for the 2014 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge (#TacoBellSkills), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday), at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Lillard, the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, also is participating in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk, becoming the first player to appear in three events during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. He also is participating in the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 14, and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 16. NBA.com

As Lillard knows, though, there will be some who question his decision to take on so many tasks during this time that serves as a much-needed breather for most of his colleagues. And as is typically the case when it comes to Lillard, he's not concerned with the critics. "The skills competition takes two minutes on the court, the dunk contest maybe will be three or four minutes on the court, and three-point shooting is about two minutes," said Lillard, whose Blazers (35-14) are the surprise team in the NBA this season. "And it's not like the rookie-sophomore game is a real regular season game, so I mean I'm look at maybe an hour total of actual activity with all five things. People think there's more energy being exerted than there actually is. It's really not that much when you think about the time that you actually spend doing it." USA Today Sports

Sources told ESPN.com that Indiana's Paul George, Washington's John Wall and Portland's Damian Lillard are confirmed entrants in the dunk field that will be officially announced later Thursday on TNT. ESPN.com reported Wednesday night that George, Wall and Lillard were poised to join defending champion Terrence Ross of the Toronto Raptors in the competition. ESPN.com

February 4, 2014 Updates

Today, adidas officially unveiled their 2014 All-Star footwear collection, that you'll be seeing on the feet of players like Dwight Howard, John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. The collection includes new colorways of the Dwight Howard 4, Crazy 8, Crazy 1 and Crazyquick 2. According to adidas, these shoes have been "inspired by New Orleans’ rich culture and the atmosphere of NBA All-Star weekend." The Crazy 8 and Crazy 1 will be worn by adidas athletes during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge and All-Star Saturday night participants. The Crazyquick 2 will be worn on court by John Wall, Damian Lillard and Joakim Noah. And, of course, Dwight will lace up his own signature shoe. Sole Collector

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