Damian Lillard skips NBA Awards show, hands out free shoes to fans

FILE PHOTO: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blaers stands on the court as his team trails the New Orleans Pelicans during Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Smoothie King Center on April 19, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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FILE PHOTO: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blaers stands on the court as his team trails the New Orleans Pelicans during Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Smoothie King Center on April 19, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Credit: Sean Gardner

Credit: Sean Gardner

Damian Lillard missed the NBA Awards show in Los Angeles Monday night, but the Portland Trail Blazer did something much more important.

The NBA star, during the show's broadcast, announced via Twitter for "All kids in Portland" to go to the city's Irving Park for a free shoe giveaway, USAToday reported.

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He showed up driving a U-Haul truck filled with shoes to give to the crowd.

When he ran out of footwear, he gave fans autographs, USAToday reported.

Lillard has been with the Trail Blazers for his entire NBA career, and averaged 26.9 points with 6.6 assists a game, according to Bleacher Report.