The Cavs visited the Nike store in Portland, Ore., after practice Thursday. A trip that was supposed to last about an hour stretched to more than two hours, and when the bus finally departed, Shaun Livingston was still shopping. He wound up taking a 20-minute cab ride back to the team hotel.
The Nike trip is always a big hit with players and staff alike. Players with Nike deals often get comps for free products, while everyone else gets vendor passes for 50 percent off the merchandise. The store in Beaverton, Ore., is not open to the public.
“It’s set up like a regular Nike store,” Livingston said. “They’ve got stuff for women, kids, Nike apparel, Jordan apparel ... it’s a candy store.”
Livingston said he spent between $700 and $800 and bought nothing for himself. He ran into trouble at the cash register, however, because he left his wallet at the hotel.
“I had one of my young boys help me out on payments,” Livingston said, referring to one of his younger teammates, who he wouldn’t identify. “I’m not going to put his business on blast, but we had some problems at the cashier.”