Trail Blazers star and Adidas frontman Damian Lillard laced up several flashy shoes during the 2018-19 season. In a discussion with ESPN’s Nick DePaula, Lillard opened up about his special tribute to the Blazers’ former owner Paul Allen.
Dame’s “RIP Paul Allen” tribute sneakers kicked off his season.— Nick DePaula (@NickDePaula) May 3, 2019
As their series heads back to Portland, @DamianLillard discusses his memories of the late @TrailBlazers owner and the details on his custom @adidasHoops kicks. pic.twitter.com/lHHzP1Cd9H
According to Lillard, he grew close with Allen after the Blazers were forced to re-tool after LaMarcus Aldridge’s exit from Portland. In an effort to fondly remember that relationship, Adidas and Lillard put together a color scheme that highlighted the mutual love of music that the two shared.
Along with the music-themed design, the lower portion of the shoe featured the message “RIP Paul Allen”.