Damian Lillard skips NBA Awards show, hands out truckload of shoes in Portland

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/5012/" data-ylk="slk:Damian Lillard">Damian Lillard</a> skipped Monday’s NBA Awards show and instead hung out with some <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/teams/por" data-ylk="slk:Blazers">Blazers</a> fans in Portland handing out shoes and autographs. (AP)
Damian Lillard skipped Monday’s NBA Awards show and instead hung out with some Blazers fans in Portland handing out shoes and autographs. (AP)

Damian Lillard knew he wasn’t going to win the MVP at Monday’s NBA Awards show.

The Portland Trail Blazers guard finished fourth in voting for the award where only the top three vote getters — James Harden, LeBron James and Anthony Davis — were named finalists.

So he decided to skip the ceremony in Santa Monica, California.

Lillard skips show, hangs out with fans

Instead, Lillard stayed in Portland where he handed out a literal truck load of free shoes to some lucky Portland residents.

Lillard sent out a note on Instagram before the show started informing folks where to pick up the shoes.

He drove the truck

He showed up at the designated meet-up spot driving a U-Haul.


Once he got out, there were plenty of welcoming hands hoping to get ahold of some free kicks.


He apparently got more than he bargained for in terms of turnout. Once he ran out of shoes, he decided to spend some time with his fans signing autographs.


It’s a cool scene in a city known for embracing its basketball stars.

And it looks like more fun than hanging out at a contrived awards ceremony where you know you’re not going to get any hardware.

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