Damian Lillard constantly has rhymes on his mind. Now he's got them on his shoes as well.
The Trail Blazers' star guard, who was the NBA's Rookie of the Year last season, is also a rap enthusiast whose Instagram offerings have a growing following. Lillard has started a "4-Bar Friday" movement, in which he posts a 15-second video of himself laying down some verses, and he encourages his followers to do the same.
Here's one of his more recent performances:
But Lillard isn't satisfied with 15 seconds of rap fame. The All-Star said he's working on a mixtape and that he may even be a better rapper than he is a basketball player. Considering Lillard hasn't missed a start in two years and is averaging 21 points, 5.6 assists and 3 rebounds, that's saying a lot.
Lillard, who has an endorsement deal with Adidas, recently got some sweet customized kicks that have his lyrics written on them.
These are reminiscent of the shoes Under Armour made for Stephen Curry, which had the Warriors' guard's stats on them. It remains to be seen whether Lillard, like Curry, will wear these in a game.
Either way, not bad for a 23-year-old who is in his second full year in the NBA.