Video: Hustle & Drone x Damian Lillard, "Again & Again"

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Well, It was only a matter of time before someone set Damian Lillard's #4BarFriday verses to a beat, and we probably should've guessed Portland synth-pop maestros Hustle and Drone would be the ones to do it. After all, the group's last video was actually shot on the court inside an empty Moda Center.For the uninitiated, since last year Lillard has hosted a weekly Instagram-based rap battle, in ...   More
 
Thursday, October 9, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

From the Elbow: The "New" B-Roy?

Damian Lillard shouldn't be compared to heroes of Blazer past. He deserves to stand on his own.

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Unless you live under a rock on the moon, you’re aware that on Friday night Damian Lillard hit a monstrous three-pointer as the buzzer sounded on Game 6 of the Blazers’ now completed first round series with the Houston Rockets. It was the kind of shot that turned 20,000 Portlanders into a bunch of screaming, hysterical children. It was the kind of moment that made at least one credentialed ...   More
 
Monday, May 5, 2014 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow: Selling Damian Lillard

After a busy All-Star Weekend, the Blazers hope the world now knows Damian Lillard.

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In the middle of the second quarter of the Blazers’ gut-wrenching overtime loss to the Pacers in Indiana, ESPN analyst Mike Tirico made a throwaway comment about Damian Lillard.Addressing the national TV audience, Tirico said that if you—NBA viewers outside the Portland metropolitan area—don’t know about Damian Lillard, you will have no choice but to get to know him over the All-Star ...   More
 
Monday, February 17, 2014 MIKE ACKER

Meet Dr. Goon, Portland's Representative at Damian Lillard's 4 Bar Friday Live Event in New Orleans

Blazers All-Star invites local MC to his All-Star Weekend rap battle.

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The NBA calls it an All-Star "break," but Damian Lillard must not have received the memo. This weekend in New Orleans, the Blazers' reigning Rookie of the Year and Slam Magazine cover star is making history—and, most likely, a whole bunch of money for himself and his marketing team—by competing in five events, including both the All-Star and Rising Stars games, the dunk contest, the three-point ...   More
 
Thursday, February 13, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

From the Elbow #14: The Dog Days

Summer League is over and basketball is on a break...for now.

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"Basketball Never Stops." This slogan comes courtesy of Nike, and during the lockout summer of 2011 it served the purpose of showing fans of the NBA that basketball could exist without its highest professional league.  Emblazoned on shirts worn by barnstorming professionals that summer, some of whom made a brief visit to the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus for ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #12: To Trade or Not To Trade

The Blazers have a tough choice when it comes to LaMarcus Aldridge.

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The NBA offseason acquisition and trade period has officially begun, and that means every team in the league is scrambling to make the biggest splash. The Blazers are no exception, although what the team might choose to do and which players they decide to pursue probably won’t make the boldest headlines. The Blazers are (hopefully) opting out of the Dwight Howard chase that has the ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 2, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #11: A New Trend

For Neil Olshey and the Blazers, not totally blowing Draft Night should be considered a major success.

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The Blazers have a history with the NBA Draft, and it’s not the kind of history that needs to be celebrated. With the exception of the wheeling and dealing on draft night back in 2006 that brought Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge to Portland, the last player to come to the Blazers as a rookie and end up an all-star was Zach Randolph. Even then, by the time Randolph—selected 18th overall ...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #8: The New ROY

Damian Lillard is officially the NBA's Rookie of the Year—but major questions still lie ahead for the Blazers.

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The Blazers’ 2012-13 season has come and gone. As the NBA’s best remaining teams continue to grind through the playoffs, the Blazers and their fans must wait through the long dull months of the summer, crossing off the days until Opening Night in late October. This most recent Blazer campaign could very well be remembered for a franchise-high 13-game losing streak that began in March and lasted ...   More
 
Thursday, May 2, 2013 MIKE ACKER

From the Elbow #3: A Pick Grows From Brooklyn

Portland, the Nets and Damian Lillard

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Back in January, The Gothamist published an article entitled “Are Portland and Brooklyn Actually the Same Place?” This piece came with a handy Venn diagram showing, with just a touch of levity, what the city of Portland and New York City’s largest borough do and do not share. On the Portland-only side of the diagram is affordable rent. On the Brooklyn side is Maggie Gyllenhaal. ...   More
 
Friday, March 29, 2013 MIKE ACKER

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