The rivalry has played into the lates State Farm Insurance ad “Trees.” The Clippers’ Paul and center DeAndre Jordan can be seen watching game film of Portland guards Lillard and CJ McCollum from last season’s playoffs, of which the Blazers defeated LA in six games during the opening round. As the Clipper teammates break-down film, Paul notes, “These two could be a problem. They can hit from anywhere!.” To which Jordan responds, “They’re going down!.” “We’ve got a a plan for them,” Paul quips back. The ad then cuts to Paul and Jordan, along with a State Farm agent, repeating the script verbatim as two trees fall over to smash a luxury SUV.
It easily could have escaped the attention of a casual viewer, but it did not escape the attention of Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and the rest of the NBA on TNT, who took some time aside after the game to make some jokes at the expense of the man, his tan and his mustache, dubbing him “Really Tan Portland Ken.” “Really Tan Portland Ken” is actually Ron Sloy, who lives in the west hills and runs a financial advising firm in Portland. There was some irony in the broadcaster’s choice to lampoon him, Sloy told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “It’s a very small world,” Sloy said. “I’ve actually met Kenny, Shaq and Charles.”