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LAS VEGAS – After four grueling days of a Team USA minicamp, Damian Lillard is still raving about adidas’s new Crazylight Boost basketball shoe that he has been playing in this week.
Ever since breaking his foot in college, Lillard hasn’t been a fan of light shoes because of support concerns. These latest by adidas are game-changers.
“Since I’ve been in the league I really haven’t cared how light the shoe were because I didn’t think they were supportive enough,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “I always wanted a supportive shoe so It was like I’ve never had a chance to experience a really, really light shoe. Now that I have it on, I can feel the difference.”
The groundbreaking boost material is filled with thousands of capsules that help store and release energy when athletes need it most during competition, the shoe powerhouse says. Its cushioning technology is designed to deliver the ultimate responsiveness and comfort.
Lillard, a shoe aficiando, says these are the best shoes he’s worn in a quite some time.
“I haven’t been able to play in the Crazylights since I came to adidas because I didn’t like the spring frame,” he said. “I didn’t think they were comfortable outside my feet because I broke my foot. This one is a really light shoe and it’s comfortable. It has more of a solid base. I think that’s the biggest difference. I feel like I have a little spring in my step. This shoe is a lot softer.”
These are not Lillard’s signature shoes though they have the Wildcat print on them as a hat tip to his collegiate days at Weber State. The outward appearance is sleek and classy. Not too over the top, but visually pleasing.
“I think it has the look and it’s by far one of the better shoes that they’ve put out,” Lillard added.
Lillard’s first signature shoe is scheduled to be released early next year, we’re told. He says he doesn’t know what that shoe will look like as of now. With his newfound appreciation for a light shoes in particular adidas’ Crazylight boost edition, don’t be surprised if his signature turns out to be a light, boost form of a shoe.
“It’s such a light shoe but still having the balance of being comfortable, having that cushion and having a solid base,” he said “…These have all the components that I need to have to have a light shoe and a shoe that’s solid enough for me to feel comfortable in.”
Friday's rosters for Team USA's intrasquad scrimmage:
The USA White Team, coach by USA assistant coach and Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, includes Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Andre Drummond(Detroit Pistons); Durant; Harden; Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers);Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers); Paul Millsap (Atlanta Hawks);Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors).
The USA Blue Team, which will be led by USA assistant coach and New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams, includes Curry; Davis;DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets);Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz); Kyle Korver(Atlanta Hawks); Plumlee; Rose; and John Wall (Washington Wizards).
Tickets for the 2014 USA Basketball Showcase start at $10, and can be purchased by calling 702-739-FANS or online at www.UNLVtickets.com.