adidas Dame 3 Performance Review

3 years. 3 Damian Lillard models. And it gets better year after year.

The Lillard 1 made me switch from retro adidas basketball kicks (TMacs and Kobes mostly) to the more modern models. The Lillard 2 was so good I stuck with one on-court model (in different colorways, of course) for nearly an entire year. The Dame 3 will likely make me do the same.

Let me get right into the details.

Fit

adidas continues to use a Techfit bootie on Lillard’s signature line, again improving on the design with each iteration. The Dame 3 has a lower ankle collar height and a tighter bootie than the Lillard 2. The inside of the shoe is also padded in the heel area and contoured with the foot. The tighter bootie and the padding help keep the heel secure and prevents heel slippage, a common occurrence in low-tops. 


The shoe’s best feature is the new lacing system. The multiple holes on the side panel allow the wearer to customize the fit and adjust tightness based on preference. If you like the foot-hugging, tight fit then lace all the way to the bottom. If you’re like me and like it just right, then use the second row. For people with really wide feet who need as much space in the shoe, you can use the top set of holes. 


A minor drawback to me is the side panel’s durability. As you can see in the photo, there are a couple of lace holes which have already started to widen and there’s some scuffing on the top part due to friction from the laces. I’m waiting for other colorways to see if they change the material and make them more durable against friction and stretching. 

The shoes run long and wide, and I recommend going a half size down on these for that 1:1 fit. I personally prefer some wiggle room so I went true size. Getting your foot into the bootie will be challenging at first, but a shoe horn helps slide your foot in smoothly. The bootie also seems to have been constructed better compared to the 2’s so I don’t expect any ripping issues.

Stability and Support

Aside from the wide base, adidas incorporated some key features that help with stability. 


The triangular section on the heel serves not just as an anchor point for the side panel lace holes, but also as a heel counter to keep the rear part of your foot locked down. Coupled with the raised midsole wrap, this ensures that your heel is held firmly in place to keep you stable at all times.


The second feature is the midfoot TPU wrap that hugs the middle part of your foot. I initially felt a raised section in the midfoot, which caused some discomfort, but after an hour or so on court that section flattened out and I haven’t felt anything else since. 

The fused mesh upper provides both support and flexibility. The breathable material is reinforced around the toe area to contain the foot during those quick changes of direction, but the rest of the area is soft enough that it gives you a semi sock-like feel. They’re the right thickness as well to protect your feet when stepped on. 


The two sets of lace loops go all the way to the inside of the shoe and are anchored to the midsole. This lets you tighten that part really well to prevent your feet from sliding around. They’re designed well as I didn’t feel them biting into my foot unlike with other basketball shoes I’ve used in the past.

Overall, I felt very stable and secure in these shoes. I never felt any concerns about rolling my ankles or suddenly slipping and falling. Although primarily designed for guards, these could be an option for big men who prefer low-tops for that added ankle flexibility.

Cushioning

Bounce once again lives up to its name, and this time giving even more energy return.

I instantly felt the difference as soon as I slipped my foot into the shoe. Even while wearing thin socks, I could feel the bounciness in the forefoot. It’s almost a similar bounciness to my Pureboost ZGs. 

On court, I loved the impact protection it gave me during landings. The Bounce cushioning does its job well without sacrificing court feel, which is critical to majority of people who play in the backcourt. I averaged 2 hours per session during testing and my legs and knees felt great at the end of each run.

The cushioning isn’t all in the forefoot though. Bounce is still there in the heel, and it helps make running up and down the court easier and smoother. Heel-to-toe transitions are pretty good, too, since there’s good proportion to the cushioning in the front and back of the shoe. 

I’m still liking Bounce over Boost as a basketball cushioning system, but that’s just my personal preference. Boost can be too mushy at times while Bounce has that firmness that I like while static, but with the right plushness when needed.

Traction

I saved the best part for last. 

The grip on these babies is UNBELIEVABLE. Sticky and squeaky on any and every surface I’ve played on, they really allow for quick takeoffs and changes in direction. Even on the dustiest court I was on, the shoes were squeaking all over the place and kept me planted with every step.


The traction pattern adidas used on the Dame 3 works really well. Dust was never a problem and I never had to wipe even once. As with the other pairs I test, I didn’t clean the shoes throughout the testing period to see how they’ll hold up, and the shoes provided consistent traction throughout.


A big surprise for me is the durability. As I was looking at the soles while preparing to write, I didn’t see any obvious signs of wear other than the dirt. Considering that I used these nearly daily for two weeks, I’m amazed at how durable these outsoles are. 

I won’t recommend them for blacktop or concrete courts, but on hardwood, smooth cement, or painted courts you’ll definitely like the traction these shoes provide. 

Overall


Priced the same as the D Lillard 2, these won’t break the bank as much as other signatures would. With adidas’s 3STRIPES coupons or Titan 22’s TPC discount, the shoes could go for lower than its PhP 5,995 SRP (other colorways may be priced higher).

Damian Lillard’s signature line continues to evolve and improve, and it’s us consumers who benefit every year. The Dame 3 gives me all I want in a basketball shoe—excellent traction, good cushioning without sacrificing court feel, and a customizable lacing system that gives me the level of lockdown and stability that I need. 

ICYMI: Lillard and the Blazers Edged The Lakers In Overtime

The Blazers reserves edged the Lakers 109-106 in overtime Tuesday night at Staples Center.

Russell and his fellow guards had no luck containing Damian Lillard. The 2012-13 Rookie of the Year put on a preseason version of his typical excellence against the Lakers, scoring 30 points in 27 minutes by shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 6-of-9 on triples. Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 15 points and Nick Young added 14 points off the bench.

Despite sitting out the fourth quarter and overtime, Lillard showed all he needed to, torching Los Angeles for 13 points in the first quarter and 15 straight for the Blazers in the third.

NBA: Top 5 players who might win the Kia MVP Award

Let’s predict the future of NBA again. This time it will be the winner of Kia MVP Award.

Here are the top candidates and their projected stats for the upcoming season.

1. Stephen Curry (GSW): The reigning back-to-back MVP. He had a spectacular season last time but just came short for the title. This time he will play with a former MVP named Kevin Durant. Maybe his scoring will get down a little bit but I think his passing ability will show this upcoming season.

Projected Stats: 24 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

2. LeBron James (CLE): 4 time MVP, 3 time Champion and one of the greatest player ever to play the sport. He will be gunning for another back-to-back championship and he will be anchoring the surge togethrr with Irving and Love.

Projected Stats: 25 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steals per game.

3. Kawhi Leonard (SA): One of the best defender in the league and arguably the new face of San Antonio Spurs. This kid just had a breakout season last time and the Spurs needs another outstanding season again from him due to the departure of Tim Duncan who finally decided to retire.

Projected Stats: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3 assists per game.

4. Kevin Durant (GSW): Former MVP of the league and a former scoring champion. His skills will now br seen in the Bay Area together with Curry, Thompson and Green. He faced a lot of adversity with his decision to sign with thr Warriors but I think it will be his motivation this upcoming season.

Projected Stats: 25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 blocks per game.

5. Damian Lillard (POR): The unsung superstar and the former ROY awardee. Dame made a hugh noise last season by leading the Portland to the Playoffs even after the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge. I’m seeing that he will have another outstanding season together with his backcourt partner, CJ McCollum.

Projected Stats: 25 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals per game.

It was very hard to predict this but it will be either Curry, James and Durant.

Wild Cards: Russel Westbrook, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler, LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Paul and Paul George.

Damian Lillard Visits Manila, Sweeter the Second Time Around

NBA superstar Damian Lillard of the PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS ended his Take on Summer tour in Manila. The Damian Lillard Take on Summer tour tipped-off in Beijing which continued through June 14 with multiple stops in China and visited Taipei and Manila.

In a press-con at Kerry sports at Shangrila at The Fort, Manila, Damian Lillard discussed about how the NBA now has evolved to a league dominated by point guards. He also told the press about who is on top of his wish list during this years free agency and he mentioned none other than the considered top free agent this free agency, Kevin Durant. Damian Lillard and Adidas also unveiled the new Lillard 2 PDX colorway which has an icy outsoles inspired by the Portland International Airport’s famous carpet print.

Lucky fans who won meet and greet passes from different competitions online where also able to interact with Damian Lillard himself after the presscon. Few counted lucky fans were able to get his precious autograph but most of them had there selfie faces ready before meeting Damian.

Getting Damian Lillards autograph
Damian Lillard poses with a fan

Damian Lillard’s autograph on a 8×10

Damian Lillard (Left) and DJ Tony toni (Right)


Moments from #DameTimeManila

Damian Lillard in Manila
(Photo by Royce San Antonio)

Manila, Philippines – Portland Trail Blazers NBA All-Star Point Guard Damian Lillard arrived tuesday morning in Manila. He spent time first at Kerry Sports Shangri-La Hotel, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig to have a press conference and met some of his lucky fans, then he also visited the iconic EDSA Shrine before moving in Araneta Coliseum for his tour.

Lets take a look on some scenes from Dame Time Manila:

Damian Lillard in Manila
Damian Lillard interviewed by Radio DJs Tony Toni and Sam Y. G.
Damian Lillard in Manila
Damian Lillard took some serious discussion on his basketball career.
Damian Lillard in Manila
A member of a media asked Damian Lillard.
Artwork of Ian Lemuel Genada with signature of Damian Lillard
Colleges Basketball stars in Big Dome to watched Damian Lillard
KC Montero hosted the event.
Damian Lillard in Manila
Damian Lillard talks with KC Montero
Former University of the East Star Player Roi Sumang watching exhibition game of Team Dame vs Team Lillard.
Alex Mallari of PBA’s Star Hotshots in the DameTimeManila.
Jasmine Curtis joins KC Montero to welcome Damian Lillard in Araneta Coliseum.
Jasmine Curtis exits the floor.
Damian Lillard in Manila
Damian Lillard with his young fans.
Photos by Royce San Antonio

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Damin Lillard all star snubbed blasted GSW with 51 pts, 6 steals, 7 assist 9 THREES!!!



Yes Sir! They hear you now! 137-105 Victory against GWS!



Damian Lillard gave a masterful performance against Curry and the warriors, early it was a shootout between the 2 great PG (Curry and Lillard) at half time it was 68 -62. Lillard wasnt an alll star this year because all three from Golden state got the nod over him and of course Russell Westbrook plus Kobe. 

Did Lillard feel bad? I don’t think so this game is more of an invite for the free agents out there to see how good this team can be. Lillard is just 25 years old and certainly one of the best PG’s out there. I would even go out on a limb to pick him over Irving, because Lillard has played full seasons already while Irving that is another story. 

This is one of the best statement game, I’ve seen this season and this would really help the franchise. 

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Damian Lillard advice to Andrew Wiggins, not to be like Bobby B?!

Foot Locker did it again, check out this funny commercial featuring rookie of the year, Damian Lillard and Andrew Wiggins.

Having been Rookie of the Year himself, Damian Lillard gives Andrew Wiggins a little advice on the importance of constantly evolving. Dame doesn’t want Andrew to turn out like Bobby Butter (Jimmy Kimmel), a streetball legend whose own failure to evolve kept him from ever getting to the next level.