The NBA is the home of some of the most outlandish outfits on the planet. From Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade's over the top looks to Tim Duncan's patented baggy attire, there is no shortage of entertainment when it comes to pre and post game attire.
For the first time ever, the league is capitalizing on this thanks to LeBron James' Springhill Production Company, who will be hosting a fashion show competition as part of the All-Star festivities this weekend. This is the NBA in 2015.
Los Angeles Clippers' All-Star forward, Blake Griffin, will be out of the lineup indefinitely due to a staph infection in his elbow. Griffin, who was named as a starter on the Western Conference All-Stat team, will therefore be unable to compete in next weekend's All Star Game at Madison Square Garden.
The 2015 NBA All-Star Game is just a couple weeks away from celebrating most of the league’s finest players. The midseason classic (or casually-played fan bait, whatever your take is) annually features the best collection of talent on a single court in the World.
Of course, not all of them will be there. Some truly deserving hopefuls always find themselves left out of the party – especially true this season with a fiercely competitive talent boom in the West.
We’re offering those players some consolation here with our (belated) All-Star Snubs for 2015:
As is the case every Wednesday night, there was a full slate of games for our enjoyment last night- highlighted by epic scoring performances from Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry.
Westbrook tied his career-high with 45 points in a win against the Pelicans while Chef Curry went off for 51 points, including 26 in the third quarter, at the Oracle Arena. Sandwiched in between those two outrageous offensive outputs were two of the greatest posterizing dunks all season- one from the league and one from the NCAA.
This year's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will take place on Friday, February 13th at 7pm from Madison Square Garden. Some familiar faces will be participating in this year's event including funny man Kevin Hart, Common, Michael Rapaport, and Nick Cannon.
After back-to-back MVP's in 2012 and 2013, Kevin Hart was dethroned last year by the United States Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. Since Duncan won't be participating this year, the MVP-award is up for grabs.
Kyrie Irving has announced that he will be the final entrant in an already stack 3-point competition, an event he won back in 2013. In addition to Irving, the 3-point competition will include Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and JJ Reddick.
The Cavs' All-Star point guard is shooting just a shade under 41% from behind the arc this season, which happens to be fourth best among those competing in the contest. Korver leads all shooting 53.7% followed by Thompson and Reddick.
A night after the Patriots edged the Seahawks in a thrilling Super Bowl, 16 NBA teams took the floor to keep the sports entertainment rolling. Last night the Brooklyn Nets shocked the Clippers, overcoming a nine point deficit with just over 90 seconds remaining, Terrence Ross delivered one of the best dunks this season, and Anthony Davis dominated in his return, snapping Atlanta's 19-game winning streak in the process.
Here's how the NBA's Monday night played out, via 10 of the best vines:
The participants for this year's Sprite Slam Dunk were unveiled earlier this week; for the most part an impressive field of high-flying basket assailants. Human springboard Victor Oladipo will join lanky midair contortionist Giannis Antetokounmpo, odds-on favorite Zach LaVine...and Mason Plumlee.
Sure, Plumlee is technically capable of forcing the ball into the cylinder with his hands, but there is scant evidence of him being the kind of athlete or artist that should be squaring off for the league's dunking crown.
Earlier this week, Klay Thompson caught fire, scoring a record 37 points on 13-13 shooting… in one quarter. Thompson canned an NBA-record nine threes in that epic third quarter shooting spree and was rewarded last night by being named to the Western Conference All-Star team.
The 2015 NBA All-Star starters were officially announced last week, with Stephen Curry taking home the most votes of any player. Tonight, the NBA on TNT crew announced the reserves that will be joining the starters in New York City next month.
Two guards, three front court players, and two wildcard players were added to each roster- here's out it all shook out.
Starters- John Wall, Kyle Lowry, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Pau Gasol
While the dunk contest has failed to produce the entertaining material that we grew accustomed to during the Vince Carter and Jason Richardson era of the early 2000's, it is still the must see event of the NBA's All-Star weekend. Although, this year's 3-Point Competition is loaded with the very best shooters and could be the best contest of the weekend.
Stephen Curry has been a participant in the NBA's 3-Point Contest for three years and, shockingly, he's never won. Curry came close in 2010, but was bested by the crafty veteran, Paul Pierce. He hasn't gotten out of the first round since.
Salty, and undeterred, Chef Curry has announced that he'll be back in the shootout next month and he won't stop until he wins.
Steph Curry on competing in the three-point contest over All-Star weekend: "I’m doing that until I win it. I’m salty about that."
The point guard position has become ridiculously, historically, unfairly stacked over the past few years, reaching a critical mass this season with a heavy surplus of elite PGs. As the talent at the one-spot has mushroomed, debates about who lies where in the Point Guard Hierarchy have grown more frequent, heated and, in this season’s case, almost impossible to judge.
Most teams in the league are right around the 41-game mark, which means the 2014-15 NBA season is already at it's halfway point. As such, it's as good a time as any to reflect on what we've seen so far both from an individual and team standpoint. In particular, we're talking about the best point guard/shooting guard combinations in the league to date.
Designer Mark Avery-Kenny has taken each of the NBA's 30 logos and re-imagined them using classic video games as an inspiration and the result will bring you right back to your childhood.
A Knicks logo revamped using a blue and orange Donkey Kong, a Pac-Man inspired Lakers insignia, a Luigi-themed Celtics mascot and a Bowser Chicago Bulls logo are just come of the creations that Avery-Kenny, known simply as 'AK', conjured up.
It seems as if the Black Mamba is falling apart right before our very eyes. The latest on a laundry list of injuries for Kobe Bryant is a torn rotator cuff, which he suffered during Wednesday night's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, and it will keep him on the sidelines for the remainder of the season.
The 2015 NBA All-Star starters have officially been announced and it wasn't LeBron James who was the leading vote-getter overall. While 'Bron pulled in the most votes in the Eastern Conference, it was Steph Curry who had the most total votes out of any player.
The East will be coached by Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer and the West will be coached by first year coach Steve Kerr. The game itself will take place on Sunday, February 15th at Madison Square Garden.
There was a full slate of NBA games last night including a matchup between two Western Conference powerhouses, Kevin Durant's homecoming, both the Knicks and Nets winning for only the second time this season, the Hawks continuing to dominate anyone in their path and more.
Here's a taste of how it went down on Wednesday night in the league:
LeBron forgot to eat his breakfast...
In October of last year the Washington Wizards took a page out of the Toronto Raptors' playbook by employing a rapper to be a part of their organization. The Wiz gave DC-native, Wale the title of 'creative liaison' with the hopes that he could help provide some more excitement for their already entertaining squad.
Speaking with ESPN The Magazine, Wale delivered some more information as to his plans for the future of the Wizards and it could include some new jerseys.
According to Forbes, the value of NBA franchises rose a remarkable 72% in the past year- a number inflated by Steve Ballmer's $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers. In fact, that 72% increase is the largest one-year value gain since they started conducting such studies in 1998.
Last year, the Lakers, Knicks and Bulls were the only teams to be valued at over $1 billion. This year, there are 11 teams that have broken that threshold, including the three aforementioned teams who have eclipsed the $2 billion mark.
In celebration of of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Ektio is sponsoring a celebrity basketball game in NYC this weekend, with proceeds going towards youth programs. The 'Ballin For Peace' celebrity game will take place on Saturday, January 24th at Baruch College at 5pm.
One of the voices of college basketball, Greg Anthony, has been suspended by CBS indefinitely following his arrest on solicitation charges.
A CBS spokeswoman says "Greg Anthony will not be working again for CBS this season."
The CBS analyst, and former Knicks' guard, was booked last night in the District of Columbia and charged with soliciting a prostitute- he was scheduled to call today's Big-10 game between Michigan State and Maryland in College Park, Marlyand.
Just about halfway into a wildly unpredictable NBA season, the question of title contenders has become one of uncertainty and hesitation. While most of the East’s teams are struggling to stay above water, the West is again proving a devastating gauntlet of dangerous teams; any of whom could emerge on top.
This week at BallOverAll, we’re going to attempt to dissect the razor-thin margins between these elite teams, and count down the NBA’s Top 10 Title Contenders as we near the season’s midway point.
A head-butt to the chin of Dwight Howard has earned Kevin Garnett a one-game suspension. In case you missed it, Garnett was ejected from last night's game against the Houston Rockets after a brief altercation with Dwight, which resulted in this head-butt and a whole lot of 'Hold Me Back!' tough guy stuff;
Each February, the NBA gathers together to celebrate the birth of our nation’s first president George Washington with a highlight reel of dunks, trick shots, three-pointers and ankle-breaking handles better known as the All-Star Game. Fans and coaches alike vote for the players they believe best represent their team, conference and league, putting together rosters that seem only imaginable in 2K.
Love him or hate him, you can't deny that Drake's move to put a legit basketball hoop in his room isn't awesome.
The Toronto Raptors' global ambassador, like anyone knows what that is, took to instagram to show off his new digs which is straight out of a teenager's dream, complete with a 'Supreme' rug. It's only a matter of time until somebody drops a tomahawk dunk and tears down the sheetrock but for now at least, this is the ultimate YOLO sanctuary.
There was a full slate of NBA games last night but the highlight of the night came from the Staples Center and it wasn't due to a Blake Griffin alley-oop or a vintage Kobe performance. Los Angeles Clippers' owner, Steve Ballmer went off last night during a Fergie performance, the likes of which we've never seen, not even from Mark Cuban.
As for Ballmer's squad, the Clips (24-12) routed their roommates by the final of 114-89. The win marked the fifth straight time that the Clips have defeated the Lake Show, and nine of the last 10.