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Trail Mix: Damian Lillard Dishes Popcorn Buckets In New adidas Commercial

Damian Lillard presenting at the ESPYs on July 16 (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

Damian Lillard presenting at the ESPYs on July 16 (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

There was enough stuff in the last few days that we felt we needed to put it in a Trail Mix.

Damian Lillard is a star in the new “Boost Or Bust” campaign from adidas.

This one also stars CNN and Turner Sports reporter and host Rachel Nichols. Lillard, true to form, gave shout-outs to Ogden, Utah, Oregon and his childhood home of Oakland.

Lillard is already a superstar but you can see why adidas threw one of the most lucrative endorsement deals in the league at him. The guy is good in front of a camera, behind a microphone or with the game on the line.

The All-Star was also the star of a joint commercial from adidas and  Foot Locker with some retired football and basketball legends.

Dame received his own colorway from adidas in their new “Boost” shoe which he has been wearing at the USA Team camp.

Lillard made it past the first round cuts in the selection process for Team USA earlier this morning.

I vote to re-name this summer “The Summer Of Robin Lopez.” His diary on TrailBlazers.com (many thanks to Casey Holdahl) has been one of the Blazers-related highlights of the offseason. In his most recent edition, Lopez addressed his long running tradition of trying McDonald’s restaurants in every country he visits after eating caviar in Russia.

Speaking of international culinary delights, every country I go to, I have to go to a McDonald’s. It’s a tradition I have with one of my friends from high school. I’ve been to McDonald’s in Spain, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Scotland, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada and Singapore. Despite that, I’m still without a fast food endorsement, which hurts a bit because you’re not really somebody unless someone is paying for your McDonald’s. Please feel free to forward along all of your sponsorship opportunities to my representation.

So we tried a Russian McDonald’s. It was okay, but I’m not sure what’s going on with the sauce. It was kind of peppery. And there was no cheese. It wasn’t my favorite international McDonald’s, which would probably be the McDonald’s in Japan because they have these gelatin drinks that are just unbelievable. I mean, Russian McDonald’s was solid, definitely above average. Nevertheless, I’m lovin’ it!

It was short-lived, and if we never have it again, we’ll always have the RoLo Travel Diaries of 2014.

In a huge bit of news, the San Antonio Spurs announced the hiring of WNBA star Becky Hammon as assistant coach. Kate Fagen wrote about the hiring for ESPNW.

On Tuesday afternoon, all question marks about Hammon’s post-playing days were answered, as the San Antonio Spurs announced that she had been hired as an assistant coach. With that simple news release — headline: Spurs Name Becky Hammon Assistant Coach – a very high, very thick glass wall has cracked.

A woman is coaching in the NBA.

The 37-year-old native of South Dakota becomes the first full-time female coach in the NBA – and the first full-time female coach in any of the four major professional sports.

Over the weekend, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that a trade of power forward Kevin Love should happen in late August according to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Timberwolves say now that they expect to trade disgruntled all-star Kevin Love and that a deal is expected Aug. 23 or Aug. 24.

“I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do,” Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press.

Erik Gundersen

Erik Gundersen is the Trail Blazers beat reporter for The Columbian. He's a graduate of the Allen School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon in addition earning a degree in Spanish. He started writing about NBA Basketball for SwishScout.com before being the Sports Reporter Intern for TrailBlazers.com. He also fist-bumped with Kanye West once. Follow @BlazerBanter on twitter for more Blazers and NBA news.

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