Damian “Dame Dolla” Lillard & The NBA’s Best Rappers


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It’s NBA Saturday night and Damian “Dame Dolla” Lillard will be performing on stage and this time I don’t mean the basketball court. Dame has had a passion for rap since his college days and coming into the NBA nothing has changed. The NBA & social media has given Lillard an even greater platform to display his musical talent. Dame used his social media to push a music movement named “4 Bar Friday” where Lillard pushed artists to send their best 4 bars and he would crown a winner every week. This movement allowed Dame to not only be seen as a ball player but gave him the chance to be seen as a music artist as well. Dame has put out 3 mixtapes with some great features that include Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, BJ The Chicago Kid and Jeremih. Check out some of Dame’s work down below as well as some of the NBA’s greatest rappers.

Another current player in the rap game is Iman Shumpert. Shump has played on his share of teams but most recently won a championship ring with LeBron James and the Cavs in 2016. Being drafted by the New York Knicks gave Iman an easy jump into the rap game as New York has great hip hop history and radio stations. Check out Shump spitting a freestyle on Funk Flex.

The first NBA player in the game was Shaquille O’neal and he didn’t disappoint. His career expanded when he joined the Los Angeles Lakers because Hollywood gave him the green light on just about anything. That anything included acting and rapping as Shaq put out movies in “Kazam” & “Blue Chips”. Scroll below to see one of Shaq’s music videos from the late 90’s.

Now you can’t have Shaq without Kobe, am I right? Yes I said Kobe… just like Shaq Hollywood allowed Kobe to put out a couple rap songs. A couple fun facts regarding Kobe’s music career: 1) Kobe was featured on a Brian McKnight song and 2) Kobe met his wife Vanessa on his music video shoot.

Allen Iverson really bridged the gap between the NBA & Hip Hop as not only his playing style was street but his wardrobe was as well. He’s one of the main reasons for the NBA dress code but he’s also one of the main reason the NBA & America’s culture changed in the 2000’s. Sports & music have the greatest impact on any culture and A.I. left his mark on both.

Metta World Peace, Ron Artest, Panda Friend whatever you want to call him the guys is a character! Metta coming from the Queensbridge New York projects he grew up in the mecca of Hip Hop. Just like all the players before him basketball has given him an opportunity to pursue music. After winning the championship with the Lakers, Artest dropped his song Champions.

The NBA & Hip Hop have always had a tight bond but that bond is only getting stronger with the help of Damian Lillard. Check out Dame Dolla’s music on all streaming platforms and make sure to watch him ball out all season long!

Nicolas Batum Throws The Inbound Alley-Oop To Damian Lillard!!


As we saw in this years dunk contest, Damian Lillard can dunk! So it’s no shocker he went up for this alley-oop off the inbounds and slammed it home!

2014 NBA All Star Dunk Contest Participants Announced


The reported participants for the 2014 NBA Dunk Contest are defending champ Terrence Ross, Paul George, Harrison Barnes, John Wall, Damian Lillard, and rookie Ben McLemore. Check out the video by Hoopmixtape showcasing each players dunking abilities!

Your 2014 NBA All Star Reserves!


dame                                 Earlier TNT’s Inside The NBA announced the 2014 All Star Reserves for the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Eastern Conference

G – DeMar DeRozan (TOR) – 1st

G – Joe Johnson (BKN) – 7th

G – John Wall (WAS) – 1st

F – Chris Bosh (MIA) – 9th

F – Paul Millsap (ATL) – 2nd

F – Joakim Noah (CHI) – 2nd

C – Roy Hibbert (IND) – 2nd

Western Conference

G – James Harden (HOU) – 2nd

G – Damian Lillard (POR) – 1st

G – Tony Parker (SA) – 6th

G – Chris Paul (LAC) – 7th

F – LaMarcus Aldridge (POR) – 3rd

F – Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) – 12th

C – Dwight Howard (HOU) – 8th

Your 2014-2016 USA Olympic Basketball Team!


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Today, Managing Director of the USA Men’s National Team, Jerry Colangelo and his staff announced the 28 players who were invited to fill the 2014-2016 USA Men’s National Team Roster. 14 members of the gold medalist 2012 U.S. Olympic and/or the 2010 USA World Championship teams will be on the roster. The returning players include LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Kevin Durant. 14 other newcomers will join the returning players in their quest for Olympic gold.

2014-2016 USA Men’s National Team Roster

LaMarcus Aldridge
F
6-11
240
7/19/85
Portland Trail Blazers / Texas
Carmelo Anthony
F
6-8
230
5/29/84
New York Knicks / Syracuse
Bradley Beal
G
6-5
207
6/28/93
Washington Wizards / Florida
Tyson Chandler
C
7-1
235
10/02/82
New York Knicks / Dominguez H.S. (CA)
DeMarcus Cousins
C
6-11
270
8/13/90
Sacramento Kings / Kentucky
Stephen Curry
G
6-3
185
3/14/8
Golden State Warriors / Davidson
Anthony Davis
F/C
6-10
220
3/11/93
New Orleans Pelicans / Kentucky
Andre Drummond
C
6-10
270
9/10/93
Detroit Pistons / Connecticut
Kevin Durant
G
6-9
230
9/29/88
Oklahoma City Thunder / Texas
Kenneth Faried
F
6-8
228
11/19/89
Denver Nuggets / Morehead State
Paul George
G
6-8
221
5/02/90
Indiana Pacers / Fresno State
Blake Griffin
F
6-10
251
3/16/89
Los Angeles Clippers / Oklahoma
James Harden
G
6-5
220
8/26/89
Houston Rockets / Arizona State
Gordon Hayward
F
6-8
210
3/23/90
Utah Jazz / Butler
Dwight Howard
F/C
6-11
265
12/08/85
Houston Rockets / Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)
Andre Iguodala
G/F
6-6
207
1/28/84
Golden State Warriors / Arizona
Kyrie Irving
G
6-3
191
3/23/92
Cleveland Cavaliers / Duke
LeBron James
F
6-8
250
12/30/84
Miami Heat / St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S. (OH)
Kyle Korver
G/F
6-7
212
93/17/81
Atlanta Hawks / Creighton
David Lee
F
6-9
240
4/29/83
Golden State Warriors / Florida
Kawhi Leonard
F/G
6-7
235
6/29/91
San Antonio Spurs / San Diego State
Damian Lillard
G
6-3
195
7/15/90
Portland Trail Blazers / Weber State
Kevin Love
F
6-10
260
9/07/88
Minnesota Timberwolves / UCLA
Chris Paul
G
6-0
175
5/06/85
Los Angeles Clippers / Wake Forest
Derrick Rose
G
6-3
190
10/04/88
Chicago Bulls / Memphis
Klay Thompson
G
6-7
205
2/08/90
Golden State Warriors / Washington State
Russell Westbrook
G
6-3
187
11/12/88
Oklahoma City Thunder / UCLA
Deron Williams
G
6-3
207
7/26/84
Brooklyn Nets / Illinois

 

 

 

Chandler Parsons’ Huge Block On Damian Lillard!


Chandler Parsons had a huge game tonight as he almost got a triple double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. His play was noted and so was this huge chase down block on Damian Lillard!

Damian Lillard Nails The Game Winner Against The Pistons!


Dame nails the fadeaway jumper off of a spin move on Pistons guard, Rodney Stuckey. The shot fell through the net with 0.1 seconds left and gave the Blazers a 111-109 overtime victory!

Wesley Johnson’s High Flying Rejection On Damian Lillard


Portland guard, Damian Lillard is one of the leagues up and coming stars but last night Wesley Johnson wasn’t allowing any easy buckets! The Lakers lost 114-108 but this was one hell of a play!