By Marc Weinreich
April 09, 2014

When it comes to sports, there's nothing I enjoy more than watching NBA. And when it comes to comedy, there's none better right now than Portlandia. On Thursday, the two worlds will converge as the Portland Trail Blazers make a cameo on the IFC series.

The show's co-stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen filmed the skit at the Blazers' training facility with the rest of the cast and crew back in October, and on Tuesday Brownstein tweeted a photo of herself with members of the team.

The show, now in its fourth season, had given a cameo to LaMarcus Aldridge back in season 2, in which he played the boyfriend of Penny Marshall as the two visited the feminist bookstore, Woman & Woman First.  

Here's a hilarious explanation on the IFC site for why the Blazers are of interest to Candace, the character who plays the owner -- I mean, caretaker -- of the feminist bookstore:

You may not know this, but Women & Women First caretaker (ownership is so patriarchal) Candace is a trailblazer in her own right (as the first woman in Portland to wear jeans). That's part of the reason she has such an affinity for the NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers' dance team, though, is a different story. Toni and Candace have many questions for the young women: Why are they doing a private dance in public? Why are they barely wearing anything? What's with all the finger pointing? They have no choice but to take their complaints straight to the top.

And I thought I'd never see Damian Lillard tell a feminist bookstore owner "I'm not a woman, I'm a man"...


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