Twitter reacts as Damian Lillard receives Second Team All-NBA honors

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Twitter reacts as Damian Lillard receives Second Team All-NBA honors

You know what time it is. 

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named to the All-NBA Second Team for the 2018-19 season. It is his fourth time Lillard has received All-NBA team honors, joining legend Clyde Drexler as the only players in franchise history to be named All-NBA on four occasions. Lillard is now eligible for a four-year, $191 million super max extension this summer. 

Here's a look at how Twitter reacted to the news of Lillard's latest accomplishment: 

Damian Lillard wouldn't give any spoiler alerts on Space Jam 2 but says his role is "not a cameo"

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Damian Lillard wouldn't give any spoiler alerts on Space Jam 2 but says his role is "not a cameo"

Space Jam 2 is scheduled to be released in movie theaters summer of 2021.

Filming for the much-anticipated sequel has already began.

In mid-June, it was first reported that Trail Blazers All-Star point guard Damian Lillard would be joining LeBron James, along with Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, and other NBA and WNBA players to star in the new film.

The remake of the Michael Jordan Space Jam has had NBA fans buzzing and Rip City is excited to see Lillard play a part in the movie.

On Tuesday at his annual basketball camp, Lillard told the media that he spent a week in Hollywood for filming.

Lillard said shooting the movie was “different.”

He also quickly found out the movie directors and producers didn’t want him to have any facial hair for the movie.

"You all know I've always had a baby face, so this season I grew a beard out, it took me like six months to grow it,” Lillard said. “I show up on the set, they make me shave it off for the animation. That's why I look like this now. It was bare faced for the animation, 15-hour days… It was long."

Lillard added that he might have to "go back one more time" to film more, but it sounds like the bulk of Lillard’s shooting is done.

When asked what we can expect from Lillard in the movie, he wouldn't give much away, but he did speak on his role with a smile, saying, "it's significant, it's not a cameo."

Lillard was just six years old when the first Space Jam was originally released in 1996.

Early NBA win totals set for the 2019-20 season

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Early NBA win totals set for the 2019-20 season

The early pre-season over/under for each NBA team has been released and Blazers fans might not be too happy.

According to Todd Fuhrman, a former oddsmaker for Caesars, the Trail Blazers over/under is set at 44.5. According to these projections, the Blazers would be seventh in the jam-packed Western Conference, behind teams such as the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets.

The same Golden State Warriors that lost Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala in the offseason, and will likely be missing Klay Thompson for a large chunk of the season, and the same Denver Nuggets the Blazers beat in the Western Conference Finals. Odds will be odd.

This is not the first time that the Trail Blazers have been overlooked when it comes to early win predictions. The past two seasons, Portland has shattered the bookmaker’s estimated totals. Last year, the over/under was set at 42.5 wins, yet they ended up smashing the mark with 53 victories. The year prior (2017-18), the Blazers crushed the preseason expectation of 42.5 by winning 49 games. 

In fact, the Blazers have gone over their pre-season win projections five out of the last six seasons. The only season the Blazers finished lower was 2016-17. That season the oddsmakers put the over/under at 45.5, and the Blazers finished with 41 wins.  

It is well known that this team is not only used to being an underdog, but they thrive off of it. With the perceived evenness of the Western Conference, expect a third straight year of Portland hitting the over of this win mark.

Looking back: Gary Trent Jr.'s top plays from NBA Summer League

Looking back: Gary Trent Jr.'s top plays from NBA Summer League

Back in 1995, a young rookie by the name of Gary Trent made his debut for the Portland Trail Blazers. Now, in 2019, his son is looking to make a big jump and crack the rotation for the very same team his dad made his name with. Gary Trent Jr, the 37th overall pick of the 2018 NBA Draft, played in just 15 games for the Blazers last season but hopes he can increase his role this season.  

Now in his second season in the NBA, junior hopes to continue to build upon his game and become an impact player for Portland. Last week in Las Vegas he had a chance to showcase some of his early offseason work.

In five games at the MGM Resorts Summer League Trent Jr. averaged 20.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

Perhaps none was more impressive than the 31 point outburst against the Rockets where Trent Jr. went 7 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Summer League Head Coach Jim Moran said of Trent Jr.:

“I know he’s a scorer, I know he can shoot, he’s a talented player, but I think as a coach you’ve just gotta keep working on their weakness and I think right now just getting him to buy in more on the defensive end... But, I’m happy for him. He had some good games out here."

He had some good games indeed, and some incredible plays to boot. So let's take a look back and enjoy the NBA's video of Trent Jr.'s best plays from summer league:

From Damian's Camp: Lillard, now older and wiser, is 'working smarter, not harder' this off-season

From Damian's Camp: Lillard, now older and wiser, is 'working smarter, not harder' this off-season

BEAVERTON -- With basketball drills in full swing, one excited camper yelled out, ‘he’s right there,’ as Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard walked through the gym high-fiving the campers on Tuesday afternoon.

This week marks the second session of Lillard’s annual basketball camp held at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA.    

With two camps each a week long; Lillard’s camp focuses on teaching the over 300 boys and girls between the ages 6 to 16 the basics of game action as well as life skills off the court.

“Obviously you want them to have fun,” Lillard told the media during his camp on Tuesday. “Learn some things on the court, learn some moves, get comfortable doing certain things, just foundation type basketball, but the most important thing is the lessons that we try to teach them with each camp coach -- learning to follow instructions, learning to be able to execute what somebody’s telling you, just take the direction and instill those things in them.”

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During Lillard’s camp, he provides hands-on instruction daily, while all hoopers will have the chance to get a picture and autograph to take home.

Lillard wants each camper to, “meet a new friend,” and learn how to “treat people the right way, be kind, just stuff like that, that they can take back to school and they can take home.”

Lillard’s annual camp has been held at the Beaverton Hoop since 2015 with previous camps held at the Multnomah Athletic Club. Through the years, the annual camp has continued to grow.

“The first year I did it was kind of just on the fly,” Lillard said. “We didn’t know how many kids would show up… We didn’t know what we wanted to do, what direction we wanted to go in. Each year we’ve added things… The camp coaches went from coaches who wanted to work a camp to people who had college experience playing.”

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Despite the camp running from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily, Lillard is still finding time to get his workouts in early.  

The Trail Blazers All-Star point guard celebrated his 29th birthday on Monday. As he gets older, he has realized that it is a necessity to change up his offseason workout plan.

“Work smarter, not harder,” Lillard said. “I always try to just go, go, go. I workout two times [a day] and then I’ll be ready to do more stuff because I always tell myself you’ve got to put your body through it, you’ve got to be ready, you’ve got to do all these things, but what I’ve learned so far this summer is that I trained for like two weeks, I was doing a bunch of conditioning and I was on the court a lot and then I was in Mexico for five days, then I came to Vegas and then I went to LA to do some stuff. Then it was 10 days and I hadn’t trained at all, then last Monday I started working out again here and I felt great.”

“I was like I need to start giving myself a break more often than I do because I felt better after 10 days of nothing and hanging out with all of my cousins and stuff, I felt better. So, I think that’s the thing that I’m picking up more now. The older I get, the rest I need to give my body and I actually felt better when I did it,” Lillard added.

With Lillard gearing up for his eighth NBA season, he is making sure to “treat his body right,” but he also anticipating this upcoming season more than those in the past.

“I think probably [there’s] more anticipation now than probably any other time... Probably after my rookie year when we had a solid year and the next year we knew were going to be good, I was really excited… We ended up having a good season and then after everybody left, coming back with the new group, I was excited. But this year, it’s even bigger changes it seems like, we’re pretty much bringing in a whole new team… I’m excited to see what it’s going to be,” Lillard said.

Lillard is just like everyone in Rip City -- excited to see what’s going to happen this season.

 

How Damian Lillard stacks up to other superstars in NBA2k20

How Damian Lillard stacks up to other superstars in NBA2k20

The NBA2k20 Player Ratings have started coming out for the newest edition of the hit video game. 

Damian Lillard checks in at a 92 overall rating ranking him #10 so far out of the superstar player ratings that have been confirmed. 

Confirmed player ratings who rated higher than Lillard's 92 include:

Paul George, Joel Embid, 93

Anthony Davis, 94

Steph Curry, 95

Kevin Durant, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, 96

Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James 97

The top duos in the game do not include the Trail Blazer backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. They include:

Lebron and Davis, Kawhi and PG, KD and Kyrie, and Harden and Westbrook.

More to come as additional ratings are made available for other Trail Blazer players. 

Trent Jr. looking to crack rotation, coach Moran looking for Trent to improve on defense

Trent Jr. looking to crack rotation, coach Moran looking for Trent to improve on defense

A group text message quickly became a place to bond for the summer Trail Blazers.

This year, all eyes were on second-year player Anfeernee Simons, who was just named to NBA Summer League second-team. But when Simons suffered a sprained ankle in the final seconds of the Blazers’ third game and missed the rest of the tournament, the focus shifted to second-year player Gary Trent Jr.

The 20-year-old quickly picked up the slack with Simons out and he made sure the team camaraderie was strong.  

Portland finished Las Vegas Summer League play by defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 99-84 on Friday night. Trent Jr. led the way with 28 points and eight rebounds, as the Blazers wrapped up Summer League with a 2-3 record.

The overall record may not have shown how close-knit the Blazers summer squad became in such a short period of time.

“It was a great Summer League team. The way they put the team together. It was great. In the Summer League group chat we have, everybody was joking… You could tell we gelled together quick, just it couldn’t translate on the court, but it was still fun, it was great to meet those guys,” Trent Jr. said.

The Blazers shooting guard not only took charge off the court, but he also averaged 28.4 points on 41% shooting from the field to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

Portland’s Summer League head coach, Jim Moran spent a majority of Trent Jr.’s rookie season working with him day in and day out.

Coach Moran is eager for Trent Jr. to make a leap on the defensive end.  

“I work with Gary every day, so he had 28 tonight, but I look at the defensive stuff. So, for me when I watch the film I’m going to be focused more on the defensive mistakes,” Moran said.

“I know he’s a scorer, I know he can shoot, he’s a talented player, but I think as a coach you’ve just gotta keep working on their weakness and I think right now just getting him to buy in more on the defensive end... But, I’m happy for him. He had some good games out here,” Moran added.  

Coach Moran knows Ternt Jr.’s defensive mindset is a working progress. Right now it’s all about repetition for the young Blazer. 

“Every time I go to talk to him about defense, he’s shaking his head going, ‘I know, I know,’ so we’re on the same page about it, it’s just a matter of committing to it every day,” Moran said with a smile.

“The opportunity to lead and just play,” Trent Jr. said was the biggest positive takeaway for him personally. “All last year, I didn’t really play that much, so just getting the opportunity to get on the floor, get up and down, being able to get a foul, being able to knock down a jump shot, it’s a great feeling."

It was evident by watching all five games played in Las Vegas that the game has slowed down for the Blazers shooting guard.

“Just being patient, I know where to get on the spot where I can get my shot off within the offense. I know the plays pretty well now, so just… be patient, let the game come to me,” Trent Jr. said.

As the son of former Trail Blazer Gary Trent Sr. now sets his sights on cracking the rotation for the 2019-20 season with the Blazers, he knows he must have an impressive training camp in the fall and make sure to “control” what he can on and of the floor.

“Really just control, what I can control. Just continue to work, if the opportunity comes I’ll be ready,” Trent Jr. said.

Simons named to NBA Summer League second-team

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Simons named to NBA Summer League second-team

The Blazers were unable to repeat as Summer League champions last week in Las Vegas, but that doesn't mean they didn't have a successful summer. 

Portland's Anfernee Simons averaged 22 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game in Las Vegas. To make it more impressive, he did so in just three games. Unfortunately, Simons injured his ankle and did not play in the team's final two games. Despite the injury, the performance of the Blazers' second-year guard still turned heads.

On Monday it was announced that Simons earned a spot on the NBA Summer League Second-Team.

Simons was the only Blazers player to make one of the All-Summer League teams, but he wasn't the only player with Northwest ties to make the cut. 

Former Oregon Ducks star Chris Boucher of the Toronto Raptors joined Simons on the second-team, as did former Gonzaga star, Washington Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura.

Hachimura wasn't the only Gonzaga player to put on a show. Fellow rookie and former Bulldog,  Brandon Clarke of the Memphis Grizzlies was named to the Summer League First-Team and was also named Summer League MVP. 

Spalding launches Dame Time Challenge

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Spalding launches Dame Time Challenge

If you don't already know, today is Damian Lillard's 29th birthday. In honor of the occasion, Spalding launched the Dame Time Challenge. The challenge simply asks that fans do their best Lillard impersonation by making shots from as deep as possible and posting the results on social media. 

The shots have come flooding in. So don't miss your chance to let Dame, Spalding, and the world see your best long-distance shot. While you warm up and get the camera ready, here are some of the best #dametimechallege videos out there right now.