Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard did the "Dougie" dance at the team's 2012 FanFest intrasquad scrimmage at the Rose Garden. (FanFest recap can be read here.) It's become an annual tradition: all rookies participate in a halftime dance-off with the veterans egging them on.
This year, LaMarcus Aldridge and Jared Jeffries were on the mic, exhorting the dancing from Lillard, Meyers Leonard, Will Barton, Victor Claver, Joel Freeland and some of Portland's camp invites.
Lillard really got into it, stealing the show as "The Closer" -- set up by his teammates as the last guy to enter the fray.
"It just shows you, not a lot of studying going on in college," Ronnie Price told Blazersedge afterwards. "It's a lot of YouTube videos and people picking up on the new dances. That's what's going on these days. We called him 'The closer.' It was between him and Mr. [Justin] Holiday over there."
"I have fun dancing," Lillard told Blazersedge. "I enjoy it. I'm always on the Internet and on YouTube, looking up all dances. In my family, that's what everybody does. I enjoy dancing."
"It looked like Damian knew what he was doing," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said, according to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. "But you're asking the wrong person."
In related news, Lillard's arm-swinging pre-game routine continues to pick up steam, with several of his teammates joining him on Sunday night.
"That's just another dance," he explained. "I always do it in the weight room around the practice facility. Everybody is always making fun of me and it's something everyone is starting to pick up on, messing around. It doesn't have a name, but I'm sure it will soon."
Here's the video of Lillard's Dougie dance. Click here to watch it full screen.
Here's the on-floor angle via the Portland Trail Blazers on Telly.com.
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