Ever since the NBA season restarted last week, players across the league have been using their platforms to amplify messages about social justice. For Damian Lillard, that means sporting his rainbow best.
The five-time All-Star wore special Pride sneakers for the Portland Trail Blazers’ game Sunday against the Boston Celtics, from his custom Dame 6 collection. There are at least 23 models available for purchase through Adidas.
Like many other players, Lillard is also wearing a social justice slogan on the back of his jersey, in-lieu of his surname. Lillard’s jersey reads, “How many more?,” an apparent reference to the epidemic of unarmed Black men being killed by police.
The Dame 6 Pride collection served Lillard well Sunday, as he put up 30 points and dished out 16 assists in Portland’s four-point loss. Though Lillard wasn’t wearing his Pride shoes Tuesday for the Blazers’ game against the Rockets, he still finished with 21 points in the 110-102 victory.
For easy purchase online, the Pride shoes are available in multiple marketplaces, including Adidas’ official website.
In 2017, Lillard was heckled with gay slurs outside of the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn. He called the fans “disrespectful” at the time.
Wearing his own Pride sneakers on the court is a great, and fashionable, way for Lillard to show his support.