Greetings from New York City. The Trail Blazers begin their first extended roadtrip of the season Sunday with a noon matinee against the Brooklyn Nets
, which means on Saturday, the team flew cross-country from Portland to Newark (it's closer to where we stay than either JFK or La Guardia). Leaving at 10:30 am Pacific and arriving at roughly 7:30 pm Eastern, and then practicing at Seton Hall
, didn't afford many opportunities to get out into one of the most fashion-forward cities in the world, but various members of the Trail Blazers did break out some of their best shoe game for the flight.
There was Damian Lillard, who wore these super cool adidas Top Ten 2000's
in black/red/yellow/cement. If you were considering getting me a Christmas present this year, these would be a good place to start, size 11.5.
Once we got to practice, Dame changed from these to the red/white/navy version he's worn in numerous games this season.
(Damian posted the picture above, which I took, on his Instagram account
, which is pretty much a Christmas present in itself.)
Black Friday has come and gone, and so too has basically every available pair of Air Jordan IV "Bred", which was released on the busiest shopping day of the year. Maybe that's why Wesley Matthews decided to break out his pair for the flight on Saturday, though he says he acquired a pair a while ago, which is no surprise considering Matthews' status as a Nike-sponsored athlete.
These will likely end up being one of the most sought-after retro Jordan IV's, so Wes, and anyone else who copped a pair, made a wise decision, inasmuch as playing $160 for a pair of sneakers is "wise."
(If anyone cares, I wore Jordan IV "Fire" on the flight, which elicited a few thumbs ups from a couple players who shall remain nameless. Oh, you don't care? Fair enough.)
Finally, we've got Jared Jeffries, resident "old head" on the team at the advanced age of 31, breaking out the recently released Jordan I Phat Mid in metallic platinum/black/gym red
, which is a great colorway for anyone who is playing for or is a fan of the Trail Blazers. Jeffries, being the only Trail Blazer sponsored by Jordan Brand, has no excuse not to wear these in a game, aside from the fact they were first released in 1985 when he was four years old.