By Maxine Lagman
PORTLAND Trailblazers’ superstar guard Damian Lillard presented his new signature shoes with Adidas, the ‘PDX Carpet’ during a press conference Tuesday at the Kerry Sports, Shangri- La, The Fort.
Lillard said that he was focused on attending the Take on Summer Tours in Asia, with the Philippines as his fourth and final stop.
The tour was a way to promote his shoes and impart his own basketball knowledge and skills with fans around the world.
“My approach to basketball has always been this, you can only get out of the game what you put in—and that’s what Take on Summer is all about,” said Lillard. “Sharing this kind of attitude to fans and players is an honor.”
Some of his fans were lucky to be chosen for a meet-and-greet with the NBA star and were given a pair of his signature kicks. Lillard also went to the Araneta Coliseum, where he held a basketball clinic for young aspiring basketball players.
As part of his two- day #DameTimeManila visit, Adidas reintroduces Lillard’s latest D Lillard 2 sneakers, which features all-new white and gray Primeknit threads that match its oak prints lace locks, heal counter and midsole.
Lillard helped in designing the shoes, adding touches of what he thought would represent something about him. The new kicks’ silhouette was even designed with a heel tab that pays homage to Portland International Airport’s iconic carpet print.
“My shoes tell a story. It’s a great overall shoes and they’re comfortable,” said Lillard, adding that his new kicks would definitely look good on or off the court.
With averages of 25.1 points, 6.8 assists and 4 rebounds, the two-time NBA All- Star however was non-committal on being a finalist for the 2016 USA Olympic Basketball Team competing in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
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