Dec 12

Wear Rip City: Lillard In 'Bright Lights' and TMAC-1s

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Blazers, damianlillard, Raptors, Spurs, wearripcity

It used to be that basketball players, for the most part, would find one shoe and stick with it. Granted, there were only a few options to choose from, so in some respects, the decision of what shoe to wear was made for them. But in today's NBA, with so many new and "retro" options to choose from, some players are opting to switch shoes throughout the course of a season, sometimes even from game to game.

Damian Lillard, a month into his professional career, has shown a willingness to change up his shoe game from time to time. So far he's worn adidas Top Ten 2000's in red and navy and Adizero Crazy Light 2.0's in red and white in games, but there are some indications that he might be mixing up colorways, if not throwing in a "new" model all together.

Though he didn't end up wearing them in Monday night's victory against the Raptors at the Rose Garden, Lillard did warm up in the "Chicago" colorway of the adidas Top 10 2000's "Bright Lights, Big City" pack prior to that game. Dame switched to his regular "home" Crazy Light's 2.0 before tip, leaving Nolan Smith as the only player brave enough to wear the Infared/Black/White "Chicago" colorway (though Nolan's were also Crazy Light 2.0's).

While Lillard thought better of wearing the Infrared Top 10 2000's in a game, there are some indications that he's looking to add a third shoe to his game-worn collection. For the past two practices, Dame has been wearing the retro TMAC-1's (as seen in the photo above, which was taken by Sarah Hecht). Will Lillard join his Nike-endorsed peers who have been wearing retro Jordan's by wearing the throwback of another iconic wing player from the 90's? We'll have to wait and see.


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