Damian Lillard is not a lot of things. He was not highly recruited out of high school and he was not a major college player. He’s not a 2014 FIBA World Cup winner, cialis or a 2016 NBA All Star. He’s not a member of Nike’s elite, order and he’s not Steph Curry or Kobe Bryant. So how is it possible that Damian Lillard is the talk of the NBA in early March, post trade deadline and headed into crunch time before the playoffs?
Because Portland. You might see a woman walking her turtle on a leash down Pearl St. and you might catch an angry Damian Lillard dropping 51 on Golden State. Where zip off cargo pants and gluten free bread reign supreme, and a carpet can be the grand marshal of a parade, the Blazers are overcoming meager expectations and audacious snubs to do their part to keep things weird in the NBA. I guess we shouldn’t even be that surprised.
So how did we get here? The Blazers weren’t supposed to be good. Lillard struggled down the stretch last season only to watch LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicholas Batum, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez leave in free agency and trades. On draft night, the Blazers were poised to be absent of any big men this season and due to pay Lillard max money over the summer without the feeling that he had certain future All-Star potential.
But 2016 hasn’t gone as planned, in a good way. A rebuild turned resurgence when Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh headed West in the Nicholas Batum trade bolstering the Blazer bench. CJ McCollum has emerged as the NBA’s most improved player, Meyers Leonard plays with confidence behind the arc, and angry Damian Lillard has come to define clutch in a very raw Steph Curry kind of way, averaging 30 and 8 in the month of February. Instead of 30 wins and a front row seat at the Draft Lottery in June, the youthful, “long term potential” Blazers have 33 wins with 6 weeks left in the season, a firm grip on a playoff spot and a very heavy bandwagon.
And I totally get it. I might even join it. Next season when the Bulls streak of giving up 100 points has hit 50, you might see me in PDX Carpet Adidas, covering my compost pile, and pretending to know why they call it #RipCity. Regardless, it’s fair to say that things are staying weird in Portland for a while, and I’m not mad about it.
This past weekend New Orleans was a fabulous melting pot of hoops and HOT fashion as NBA players, cialis celebrities and public figures alike came together to partake in various Big Easy festivities surrounding the annual All-Star Weekend.
There was so much fashion throughout the weekend that I’ve dedicated the entire Courtside Chic to highlighting some of the best – and worst – looks of the weekend. Let’s get to it. Sprite All-Star Celebrity Game
The festive weekend kicked off on Friday, drugstore February 13th on TNT with the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, prostatewhere comedian Kevin Hart was voted the MVP for the third consecutive year. He insisted, however, that Arne Duncan take the award because of his impressive double-double performance. The former Chicago Public School CEO definitely schooled everyone on the court with his 20 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds.
K. Hart was also spotted with Drake, sporting a Yves Saint Laurent top under a black leather jacket. The platinum selling rapper and Toronto Raptors brand ambassador opted for a laid-back look, wearing a Toronto Raptors T-Shirt and a snap-back hat.
Damian Lillard’s Hot Three Piece Suit
Damian Lillard is on fire! Sure, he became the first player to ever compete in five events. I understand that this is a big deal, but that fabulous suit is an even bigger deal! The 2013 Rookie of the Year was seen sporting a ALBA Legacy custom three-piece suit that looked like it was tailored by the gods themselves.The only thing that I love ore than an athlete in a suit…is an athlete in a custom suit.
Lillard competed in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker 3-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday and the All-Star Game on Sunday.
Chris Bosh’s Clean-Cut Ensemble, Giant Birkin Bag
At the Sear’s Shooting Stars event on Saturday, Team Bosh beat Team Durant and won the event at NBA All-Star Weekend for the second consecutive year. Chris Bosh, along with NBA great Dominique Wilkins and WNBA star Swin Cash finished with a time of 31.4 seconds in the finals,while Team Durant finished with a lagging 43.6 seconds.
The Sears Shooting Stars champ was seen sporting camo pants and a navy blue jacket with a perfectly pressed white button-up shirt. How much do you want to bet that Mario Chalmers is hiding in that giant Birkin bag?
Paul George’s Zorro Inspired Outfit
I was just waiting for Paul George to pull out a sword and use it to formulate the letter ‘Z’. The Pacers guard’s Zorro inspired ensemble was from Phenom 247 Clothing.
Anthony Davis’ Suit and Kicks
Anthony Davis was selected as a replacement for Kobe Bryant this weekend. I must say, he is really starting to step up from his ‘jeans and hoodie’ getup. The New Orleans forward/center styled a tan suit with ‘Olive’ Air Jordan 9 sneakers. By the way…stop making fun of his eye brows. They’re here to stay.
Kevin Durant in Phenom247
Now…you know that I cannot talk about NBA fashion without mentioning Kevin Durant. KD executes effortless style, even in fabulous suits. Here, he rocks two custom Phenom247 suits.
Lebron’s GQ Bash
Guess who is gracing the cover of March’s issue of GQ? It is none other than LeBron James. What better time to celebrate than All Star Weekend? Athletes and celebrities brought their impeccable style to the celebration. Is it me…or does everything seem to be coming up ‘LeBron?’
Even President Obama spoke wonders about James during a TNT interview with Charles Barkley.
“You know LeBron, I know LeBron,” Obama said. “When you’re standing next to him and then watch him close up, I’ve never seen someone that size, that fast, who can jump that high, who’s that strong…Mike [Jordan] will always be the guy for me just because that was a magical moment for the city and he was a champion. But now that he’s retired, LeBron…might be able to play at a high level for another seven, eight, 10 years…” (SB Nation)
Don’t LeBron and Savannah James look like they belong on top of a wedding cake? LeBron rocked a unique turquoise, paisley jacket with black lapels and Savannah looks beautiful and chic in a flower-patterned lace top with long, flowing, black gown.
By the way…is that a baby bump that I’m seeing? When the James’ make their baby announcement…remember you heard it here first!
I still need to think of a cute combo-name for Dwyane and Gabby. Anyway, the recently engaged couple looked Fab in black with Gabby in an embellished black dress and Dwyane in a three-piece suit.
Pharrell’s All Star Sunday Pregame Performance
Ladies and gentlemen…Pharrell’s Hat! Oh, and Pharrell was there too. The hat and the hit-maker gave a wave-making, pre-game performance along with Snoop, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and Busta Rhymes.
Kyrie Irving named All-Star MVP
After a close fourth quarter, the East ultimately dominated in a 163-155 win. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving was named All-Star MVP. The point guard scored 31 points and 14 assists. He did it all in his green Nike All-Star kicks!
Well, I had a fabulous time watching the All-Star events. I’m kind of bummed that it’s over. Nonetheless, I will be back next week to keep you fabulously posted with more NBA Style. Until then, Divas!
After back-to-back games this weekend both the Clippers and Trail Blazers were able to grab the Bulls by the horns and tame our team easily. Saturday’s match-up against the Los Angeles Clippers ended in a 101-80 blowout and Sunday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers was a 102-94 romping. It feels like we’ve gone from having the strongest bench in the NBA with the “Bench Mob” last season, buy cialis to having the “Bench Slobs” who easily give up leads and are sloppy at the rim. We’re 10 games into the season and the Bulls are sitting 5-5, yes things could be much worse, but Chicago is playing like a middle of the road team – which isn’t going to cut it for long!
Bulls at Clippers:
All in all it was a spanking. The Bulls trailed the Clippers the entire game, got off to a sloppy start with turnovers resulting in fast break points and really let things get out of control in the second quarter where the Clippers scored 35 points. Chicago’s second unit is really struggling producing points. Even with the superstar power of Derrick Rose the Bulls cannot give away easy points to their opponents.
Former Bull Jamal Crawford was unguarded – or so it seemed. He was the Clippers second highest scorer with 22 points off the bench and gave a performance worthy of the “6th man of the year” award. Big-man Blake Griffin showed Chicago just what happens when they let him have a fast break down the court – big nasty alley-oop dunks! Griffin also showed off his improved jump shot late into the final seconds finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds.
Carlos Boozer (22 points, 12 rebounds) was determined and effective as the most consistent offensive power throughout the game. His efforts seemed to go unnoticed because the Clippers firepower was too much to contain. In the final stanza, coach Tom Thibodeau went to an all reserve unit lineup – basically throwing up his white flag to surrender because this game was a lost cause.
Bulls at Trail Blazers:
Portland is young and inexperienced, but they played Chicago’s game and got physical at the Rose Garden Sunday night. Every Blazer starter finished in double digits: LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points, 13 rebounds, swingman Wesley Matthews finished with 21 points, Nicolas Batum had 21 points and rookie point guard Damian Lillard got down and dirty against Kirk Hinrich with 16 points showing why he is an early candidate for “Rookie of the Year”.
Joakim Noah and his messybun-swagger played 41 minutes and was just shy of a triple double with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and eight assists. He seemed pretty gassed by the end of the game, but he never stopped fighting. Nate Robinson was a spark off the bench with 18 points initiating the Bulls 4th quarter comeback, but it was all just too little, too late.
Three pointers have brought doom and gloom to the Bulls this year. The Bulls rallied early in the 4th quarter coming back from a 15 point deficit, but then Portland stared sinking three point shots and sealed the deal.
Your Take Away Piece:
“It’s time for some reevaluating for our Chicago Bulls. They absolutely have to cut down the turnovers, those are inexcusable When a team is having a difficult time making baskets, giving their opponents easy opportunities to score is only going to result in more blowouts. They also need to work on their three point shot (I really miss Kyle Korver). It’s an obvious weakness that opponents have abused early on this season. The bench needs to pick up the slack as well and start making shots. In the end, a 2-game losing streak isn’t anything detrimental at this point in the season as long as the Bulls can shake it off and keep on trucking’.”
Chicago has a few days off and then they’re making their way to Houston to face the Rockets. Former bench mobber Omer Asik was picked up by the Rockets during the off-season after the Bulls were unable to match a large contract offer. They also picked up last year’s point guard sensation Jeremy Lin and recently snatched the bearded warrior James Harden (OKC’s 6th Man of the Year winner in 2012). Generally the Rockets aren’t a huge threat in the Western Conference, however with their updated roster they will definitely give the Bulls a run for their money. Tune in at 7 PM on CSN Chicago to catch the action.