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NBA Fashion: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant & Lance Stephenson Styling In The Limelight

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The self-proclaimed “fashion king” aka Russell Westbrook styled a short-sleeve white hoodie with $420 Christopher Kane Creature sweatpants. He completed his ensemble by adding a pair of Air Jordan 3Red October‘ sneakers.

If these sweatpants look familiar it is because Amar’e Stoudemire last wore them here, Ne-Yo rocked them here and Kendrick Lamar also wore them here. You can get these sweatpants at MatchesFashion.

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Kevin Durant looked dapper in a camo blazer layered over a black shirt with waxed denim jeans and Timberland boots.

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Lance Stephenson is ready for game day! His outfit of choice was a black sweatshirt paired with dark denim jeans. He also carried a Louis Vuitton luggage bag.

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Photos Credit: Russell Westbrook’s InstagramKevin Durant’s Instagram | Lance Stephenson’s Instagram

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Andrew Wiggins For ESPN The Magazine; Acknowledges That He’s Heading To The NBA Next Season

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Andrew Wiggins is doing a good job branding himself! He’s getting a lot of press and there is a lot of buzz surrounding the 18-year-old Kansas Jayhawks college basketball player. Wiggins is also gracing the cover of sports and fashion magazines left-to-right. He already been featured in GQ and covered Sports Illustrated. Now the 6-foot-8, 200-pound versatile forward is covering the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine.

Inside, Wiggins acknowledges that he is heading to the NBA next season. When asked what he’s enjoyed most since he arrived at Kansas, Wiggins said, “I would say just being able to enjoy my last year of school“. Most likely, he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, be considered the favorite and selected the top pick.

As far as his goals for this season, Wiggins want to win another championship, Win another championship, a national championship,” he said. “Follow in Anthony Bennett’s footsteps of going No. 1.”

So No. 1 is the plan, Wiggins was asked.

Yeah, if that’s possible if I can, yeah,” he said.

Source: ESPN The Magazine

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Allen Iverson Officially Announces His Retirement From The NBA; Watch His Emotional Speech

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From the rough streets of Hampton, Virginia to becoming one of the greatest NBA players of all time and after 14 years in the National Basketball Association, legendary baller Allen Iverson has officially announced his retirement from the league. Earlier today Wednesday (October 30), the 38-year-old gave his official retirement speech via a press conference at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where he starred for the 76ers.

In my opinion, A.I. broke down barriers and changed the league/NBA after first being drafted in 1996 by the 76ers. He also took an a$$-kicking for being himself, looking the way he looked and dressing the way he dressed. Now when you look around, a lot of the NBA players have tattoos and cornrows. A.I. took a beating for those types of things but it’s not how you look on the outside, it’s who you are in the inside and how good of a player you are on the court. He was 100% Hip-Hop and represented the streets/inner cities and I don’t think the NBA was ready for the kid.

I grew up in South Jersey, 15 minutes across the bridge from Philadelphia and A.I. was iconic. We looked up to him. I remember when he used to come to my junior high and high school in his Bentley. This is an emotional moment for myself and a lot of A.I. fans. I’m shedding a few tears as I watch A.I.’s speech.

In his 12-minutes emotional speech, A.I. thanked God for giving him the opportunity to be drafted, talked about his greatest moment being in the NBA which was being drafted, making it from Hampton, Virginia, always believing in himself and how his mother always told him that he can be whatever he wanted to be and he believed it.

He also thanked his coaches, Michael Jordan for giving him a vision (MJ made A.I. want to play basketball, showed him the way and gave him the path that he wanted to walk on), former teammates, the fans in Philadelphia and most importantly his family and friends. Watch the emotional speech below:

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Is He The Canadian LeBron James? Andrew Wiggins For GQ

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College basketball player Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks is featured in the latest issue of GQ magazine. Wiggins is one of the nation’s top college and pro prospect. The Thornhill, Ontario-native is receiving as much hype as Lebron James was receiving back in 2003 when he first came into the league. Most likely Wiggins will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, be considered the favorite and selected the top pick. With much buzz surrounding the 18-year-old college basketball player, the endorsement market for him is getting bigger and could be bigger than it was for LeBron James when he was a rookie. Wiggins already has a $180 million Adidas shoe deal offer.

In his interview, Wiggins talked to GQ about being compared to LeBron James, respecting Kevin Durant’s game, keeping his teammates involved and making them better, not being a selfish player and much more. Below are some excerpts:

The problem with all the YouTube highlights is that they’re not quite good enough—technically, that is. Not enough pixels, frames, angles. Even in slo-mo, the first steps, the crossovers, the behind-the-backs, are so fast that it’s often impossible to figure out what the hell Andrew Wiggins is doing out there. It’s the speed, of course. (Hot genes: dad an NBA baller; mom still owns the Canadian record in the 200 meters.) But it’s also the silkiness. Big as he is, Wiggins almost never throws his 197-pound frame around. Unlike LeBron James, who weighed 240 pounds in high school, Wiggins is no monster; he’s a wraith. Which may be one of the reasons the kid from Toronto is loath to make the comparison.

“Aw, it’s not fair to even say my name in the same sentence as his,” says Wiggins during his first week of classes at Kansas. “I haven’t even played one game of college ball.” Is there another player who’s more comparable? “I like Kevin Durant’s game! Ain’t nothing he can’t do. Shoot. Has a handle. Plays D. Scores at will. Durant, man! Has that killer instinct.”

Interesting, that last bit. Some have seen Wiggins’s ability to shiver through defenders without touching them as an unwillingness to knock heads and stake his claim as The Man. “Anybody who has ever watched me knows that I get my teammates involved, that I make them better,” Wiggins responds. “I’m not too selfish or unselfish.”

Asked, after calling himself a “child of God,” if he ever wonders to his Creator, “Why me?” Wiggins gives a sheepish laugh, then says, “Nah.”

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Celebs Fashion: Victor Cruz, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James & Nas Wearing Riccardo Tisci’s $721 Givenchy Crew Neck Sweater

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Dirty Jerz-native (Don Bleek’s birthplace) and New York Giant’s Wide Receiver Victor Cruz recently posed in front of his own Nike billboard. For the celebration, Cruz rocked Riccardo Tisci’s Givenchy clothes. He styled a $721 Givenchy Crew Neck Sweater with black drawstring sweatpants and $160 Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Dark Grey/Green Glow-Cement Grey-Black’ sneakers.

Over the past few years athletes and rappers have been taking fashion more serious. They’re dressing in upscale designers including Balmain, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Versace, Balenciaga and Givenchy. NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, NBA players Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Lebron James of the Miami Heat and rapper Nas were all photo’d wearing this popular $721 Givenchy Crew Neck Sweater.

This sweater features a two-tone patterns, abstract print, lace-up detailing, printed baseball graphics, banded hem and long sleeves with banded cuffs. You can purchase it at FarfetchMatchesFashion or SSENSE.

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Basketball player Kobe Bryant wore this same exact Givenchy sweater when he traveled to Beijing to celebrate his Hublot King Power Black Mamba Watch which was inspired by his personality and career. There are only 250 pieces available.

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Adrienne Bailon Gets Her Sexy On & Poses For ‘ Unleash’d’ Sports Issue

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Singer turned actress and media personality Adrienne Bailon poses in some sexy sports ensembles for Unleash’d magazine’s ‘Sports Issue‘. The shoot was photographed by Solmaz Saberi and fashion directed by Jordan Grossman. Bailon styles in Givenchy, Jane Basch, Proposition Love, Lee + Lani and House of Harlow for the fashion shoot. Aside from flaunting her goodies in magazines, Bailon is on a promo run, promoting her new movie with Ja Rule, I’m In Love With A Church Girl, available in theaters now. In the movie, Bailon plays a demure church girl.

Bailon also recently wrapped up the 6-week test run of Fox’s talk show The Real. Don’ quote me, but I heard that the show wasn’t picked up. The rating weren’t that good.

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The Good Life: College Basketball Player Andrew Wiggins Has A $180M Adidas Shoe Deal Offer

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College basketball player Andrew Wiggins of the Kansas Jayhawks made his YDBR debut last week as he covered the latest issue of Sport Illustrated. See the original post here. Now it is being reported that he has a A $180M Adidas shoe deal offer.

In 2003, I was a kid playing basketball inside of my junior high school gym. During that time, one of the biggest if not the biggest topics in sports was a kid named LeBron James from Ohio. He was preparing for his NBA debut, having signed a three-year, roughly $13 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a seven-year, $93 million sneaker endorsement deal with Nike.

A decade later, Thornhill, Ontario-native Andrew Wiggins is receiving as much hype as Lebron was receiving back in 2003. After being recruited by Florida State University, the University of Kentucky, and the University of North Carolina, Wiggins decided to attend the University of Kansas, where he currently plays for the Jayhawks. Most likely, he will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, be considered the favorite and selected the top pick.

With much buzz surrounding the 18-year-old college basketball player, the endorsement market for him is getting bigger and could be bigger than it was for LeBron James when he was a rookie.

Everybody is excited about (Wiggins’) talent,” a source associated with Under Armour said. “From everything you see or hear, he’s the next kid coming into the NBA that’s going to demand, on talent alone, a significant amount from a brand. That type of commitment and interest for a rookie has really died down since LeBron and maybe Kevin Durant being the last one” via Bleacher Report.

According to Bleacher Report, Adidas has pegged Wiggins as their prime target—and they would be willing to open up the bank for him. Of course, no meetings or official offers can be made until Wiggins declares for the 2014 draft after his season at Kansas“.

(Adidas) is easily the front-runner, 100 percent,” said Rich Lopez, KixandtheCity.com’s publisher.

From what I’m hearing, (Adidas) is really high on him,” an industry source said, according to Bleacher Report. “I’ve heard a range for sure, from like $140 to $180 million for like 10 years. That’s a big deal for a kid coming out of school because most rookie deals are probably like four years.”

Bleacher Report also reported, “I’m hearing from people at Kansas that he’s got a $180 million offer supposedly coming from Adidas,” a source close to Wiggins’ inner circle said. “But I also heard that Nike is going to match anything.”

Should Wiggins go with Addias or Nike?

Photos Credit: Jeff Jacobsen | Kansas Athletics

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Stephen Curry For Slam Magazine

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NBA player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is covering the upcoming issue of Slam magazine. On the cover, the Akron, Ohio-native is decked out in his team uniform paired with Under Armour sneakers. Stay tuned to YDBR for excerpts and highlights. This issue hits newsstand next week. A bit on Curry below via Don Bleek.

Curry attended Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, NC and played for their basketball team. There he was named All-State, All-Conference, and the team MVP. He also led his team to three conference titles and three state playoff appearances.

For college, Curry attended Davidson College and played for the Wildcats from 2006-2009. He led the nation in scoring with 28.6 points per game in 2008-2009. He was named Southern Conference Player of the Year twice. Curry left Davidson College after his junior year to enter the 2009 NBA Draft and in that same year, he was selected 7th overall by the Golden State Warriors. In the 2012-13 season, Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 272 made three pointers.

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Kansas Jayhawks Baller Andrew Wiggins Covers Sports Illustrated

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Are you shocked? We don’t often see a freshman gracing the cover of Sport Illustrated before the college basketball season even begins. #NewRules! Kansas Jayhawks baller Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s top college and pro prospect covers the latest issue of Sport Illustrated.  The cover also pays homage to Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning and reads “The Freshman: From Wilt…To Manning…To Wiggins. A Torch Is Passed At Kansas“. Below are some excerpts:

Andrew Wiggins, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound versatile forward from outside Toronto was the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2013 and is widely considered the likely No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. The once-in-a generation talent has Kansas fans in a frenzy, but it’s not the first time a first-year Jayhawk has had that effect, writes Luke Winn in this week’s Sports Illustrated “

Winn compares Wiggins to former Jayhawk greats Wilt Chamberlain and Danny Manning. “The notion of what Andrew Wiggins could be, if he can cultivate a relentlessness to pair with his talent, is why he is being received differently — even at a school that’s won nine straight regular-season Big 12 titles and has two other potential first-rounders in guard Wayne Selden and center Joel Embiid,” writes Winn. ‘Even in a college town that’s seen this already, twice.'”

In fact, Kansas coach Bill Self told the freshman star when he arrived on campus in June that, ‘if you handle this right, you could potentially have everything you ever dreamed of and go down as one of the most loved athletes to ever come through this university.'”

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Usher For Men’s Health 25th Anniversary November 2013 Issue

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Grammy Award winning R&B singer Usher has put his music career on hold to focus on his starring role as Sugar Ray Leonard in Hands Of Stones. While training for his role in the film, Men’s Health caught up the Atlanta singer for a fitness shoot at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Below are some highlights and pics:

On keeping his body in shape:

I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not.”

My second day I decided to ride to the gym,” 10 miles from his home in Atlanta. “So I rode there. Boxed. Rode the bike back home.”

Mentally, I’m the type of person who can ignore the pain. Put it somewhere else and allow my body to just go there,” he says. “But I always suffer. You can’t box, ride a bike for 20 miles in the heat—Georgia heat—and then go to the studio and rehearse. That’s not happening.”

My commitment to this character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him,” he says. “The hair, the personality, the manner he conducts himself in—all that. He’s an incredible man.”

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