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Damian Lillard stars in hilarious Adidas ad with Jazz legend (+video)

Compiled by Carter Williams, Deseret News

Published: Tue, April 15 2:32 p.m. MDT

Foot Locker x adidas "No Rings" featuring Damian Lillard

 Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) as the Utah Jazz play the Portland Trailblazers in NBA basketball Monday, April 1, 2013, in Salt Lake City.
 Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) drives on Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke (3) as the Utah Jazz and the Portland Trail Blazers play NBA basketball Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

Damian Lillard's latest Adidas commercial was released Tuesday morning, a day after signing an extension with the company to make him one of the highest-paid endorsers in the NBA.

In the video, Lillard is hanging out in his pad on the phone, saying he doesn't end his career ring-less in a room with a couple of football and basketball greats that didn't win a title in their career (including a certain former Jazz legend).

The former Weber State standout signed a contract extension with Adidas Monday to become one of the highest-paid endorsers in the NBA.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Darren Rovell, Lillard's extension is worth $100 million, including incentives, over the next 10 years.

"Adidas has been great to me over my first two seasons," Lillard said in a release Monday, reported by ESPN. "I've had the opportunity to wear a lot of great product, help design special versions of shoes, be a part of TV commercials and travel the world with the brand. I'm excited for what the future holds for me and Adidas."

According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, Adidas head of global basketball sports marketing Chris Grancio called Lillard “one of the cornerstones of the Adidas brand.”

Lillard’s deal is reportedly the second-largest Adidas deal behind Derrick Rose’s 13-year, $185 million deal. LeBron James averages $20 million per year with Nike.

The former WSU star is in his second year with the Portland Trail Blazers, averaging 20.8 points and 5.6 assists per game this season. The Blazers are 53-28 on the season and have clinched a playoff berth.

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1. 2013 Ute Seniors SWEEP byU 4-0
Ogden, UT,
April 14, 2014

Happy for you Damian! You still have a ton of supporters here and we hope to see you leading the Jazz one day.

You are the best guard, by far, to come out of Utah since Andre Miller, and you're showing that you and Andre are the top two in the league from Utah.

Go Wilcats
Go Utes
Go Damian

2. nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT,
April 14, 2014

@Christy

I think time will prove Lillard to be a far superior player to Andre Miller. Miller was/is durable, but how many all-star appearances did he have. He would be considered a slightly above average point guard for his career? Damian will be a perennial all-star

3. Uncle Rico
Provo, UT,
April 14, 2014

Re: nhatch82

Miller was not just a slightly above average point guard. He is 9th alltime in assists. Here are the other guys who are on the list, but I guess you consider Bob Cousy average.

Assists Leaders
1 John Stockton
2 Jason Kidd
3 STEVE NASH
4 Mark Jackson
5 Magic Johnson
6 Oscar Robertson
7 Isiah Thomas
8 Gary Payton
9 ANDRE MILLER
10 Rod Strickland
11 Maurice Cheeks
12 Lenny Wilkens
13 Terry Porter
14 Tim Hardaway
15 Bob Cousy

4. nhatch82
Eagle Mountain, UT,
April 14, 2014

@UncleRico

You are kidding me right? Bob Cousy played 258 less games than Andre Miller. Again andre miller is a durable player but please dont bring weak stats to prove a silly point.
Andre's career stats aren't incredible 13 points 7 assists. He is a better than average point guard. he's never been an all-star the highest achievement he has had is he led the league in assists 1 year. Quit pretending he is better than he is. He is DURABLE.

5. UU32
Bountiful, UT,
April 15, 2014

Number 9 all-time assists is not a "weak stat".