The news just keeps getting worse for Team USA. After literally losing a baker’s dozen player personnel to “other commitments” their depleted roster came up short in their 2nd 2 rendez-vous with the Australian national team, led by Patty Mills the San Antonio Spurs no less. The exhibition loss marked the end a 78-game win streak for the US Men’s Basketball outfit.
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Then, it was announced that a left ankle injury would prevent Kyle Kuzma from participating in the upcoming FIBA World Cup – after much deliberation over his role within the team. With bigs like Tobias Harris, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis opting out at their earliest convenience – Kuzma looked set to take up a primary role on the fensive side the floor, his deficiencies masked by the nuclear presence P.J. Tucker.
Seeing as Kuzma was one 13 players participating in camp when the medical decision was rendered, Team USA’s roster kind finalized itself. The 12-man lineup, as coached by Gregg Popovich, is comprised Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Celtics), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers), Kemba Walker (Celtics) and coach’s pet Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).
Aside from the lone blemish on their record, a third-place showing at the 2004 Olympics, the US Men’s Basketball team is expected to maintain a flawless win-loss record, at all costs. Unfortunately, that did not occur last night when USA Basketball was hit with a permanent stain to their record, in the form a loss to Australia by a narrow score 98-94.
Coach Popovich’s failure to will his squad members to victory, all but snaps a historic run for the US program: 78 victories in succession. After the game, Popovich and most notably, the team’s projected starting point guard Kemba Walker, were on hand to reflect on the exhibition loss.
“They say Team USA doesn’t lose. I get it. They haven’t lost in a very long time, which I understand, but it happens. Teams lose. Like I said, we’re going to take this loss and build from it,” Kemba Walker opined after the contest. “That’s all we can do. That’s all we can do is continue to try our best to get better. The real thing doesn’t start until China.”
Kemba’s not fibbing. It can be at times, rather difficult, to raise one’s “compete level” when the stakes are lowered. Hence why NBA players ten take a month or so to rear into gear upon opening tip-f. The FIBA World Cup commences in a week. Is USA’s loss to Australia a caveat or just another blip on the radar? Comment below.
Jordan Brand reportedly has plans to release a couple camo-printed Air Jordan 10s this summer, including a “Woodland Camo” rendition, as well as a “Desert Camo” colorway.
According to sneaker source J23 App, the Woodland Camo iteration will be arriving on August 31 for the retail price $190.
The kicks come equipped with a ripstop upper that is completely decked out in an eye-catching camo, fset by black leather detailing around the tongue and ankle collar, as well as a black midsole, black Jumpman heel logo and rubber outsole.
In 1995, when MJ returned to basketball to launch his second three-peat, the original Air Jordan X debuted with premium materials and His Airness’ milestones listed on the sole. This retro stays true to the original and adds a woodland camo colorway across the upper that embodies that locked-in mindset. Forever the quintessential basketball shoe for the ultimate player, now the Air Jordan X stays in stealth mode among the elements, and stands out like a soldier on the court.
Next up for Kanye West‘s ever-growing Adidas Yeezy line is the “Bone White” Yeezy 500, set to release this Saturday, August 24. Men’s sizes will retail for $200, while kid’s and infant sizes check in at $130 and $100, respectively.
The “Bone White” Yeezy 500 features the familiar mesh, leather and suede construction, equipped with reflective detailing and a cream outsole beneath the chunky midsole.
Click here to check out the full list retailers that’ll have the kicks in stock.
LeBron James oldest son, LeBron James Jr., is only 14 years old but he is already being treated like a superstar, as evidenced by the footage that surfaced from Sierra Canyon’s recent trip to China.
Bronny and his teammates, which includes Dwyane Wade’s son Zaire, headed overseas to compete against select Chinese high schools in a few exhibition games before their season kicks f, and they were mobbed by a swarm fans the second they stepped f the team bus.
As seen in the footage posted to LeBron’s IG account, those fans also packed out the arena to watch Sierra Canyon do their thing.
Bronny, a Class 2023 prospect, has reportedly already received an fer from the Kentucky Wildcats, although he’ll have his pick any the college basketball blue bloods including the Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, UNC Tar Heels and UCLA Bruins. According to 247Sports, Wade (class 2020) has received fers from Nebraska and DePaul.
In addition to Bronny and Zaire, Sierra Canyon’s team includes several five-star recruits including Kentucky commit BJ Boston, Zaire Williams and class 2022 recruit Amari Bailey.
Jordan Brand will be releasing multiple “FIBA” Air Jordans in the coming weeks in celebration the 2019 Basketball World Cup, including an exclusive Air Jordan 12.
The kicks, priced at $190, will make their retail debut today, August 23, starting at 10am ET. The FIBA 12s will also be available in grade-school ($140), pre-school ($80) and toddler ($60) sizes.
Check out the early purchase links in the tweets embedded below.
As seen in the newly unveiled photos, the FIBA 12s will come in a white tumbled leather supported by gold accents and university red detailing about the inner lining, heel and branding on the tongue. Additionally, the flags the countries competing in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup can be spotted on the 12’s mudguard if you look closely, while Chinese symbols run down the heel tab.
The 2019 FIBA World Cup, taking place in China, is scheduled to tip f on August 31, with the championship game taking place on September 15. Continue scrolling for additional images the FIBA 12s.
That trend looks to continue in 2020, as Jordan Brand reportedly has plans to release and Air Jordan 12 that mimics Gary Payton’s “Lakers” PE as well as a white & green Air Jordan 13 inspired by Ray Allen’s “Celtics” colorway. Additionally, sneaker source @Zsneakerheadz has revealed that a “UNC” Air Jordan 3 is also scheduled to drop next year.
The kicks in question have not yet surfaced, but rumors suggest they will resemble the special edition 3s that were issued to the Tar Heels Football and Basketball teams in 2018.
As seen in the IG posts embedded above, those exclusive sneakers were built on white leather uppers, equipped with the classic elephant print detailing and UNC blue accents on the mudguard, tongue and heel. Whether they have any UNC branding or not, fans the Tar Heels will surely be happy to learn that the special edition 3s are now slated to drop on March 7 for the retail price $190.
Jeezy, known in many circles as “The Snowman,” is back to motivate some thugs. With his upcoming TM104: The Legend Of The Snowman project arriving on August 23rd, Jeezy took a moment to slide through The Breakfast Club. It’s evident that the Atlanta legend is in a phenomenal headspace – no surprise given everything he has accomplished in the various facets his career. “I talk to Tip about it all the time,” reflects Jeezy. “We accumulate so much and we so successful in so many different ways, we don’t take the time to look at the last accomplishment we did.”
He also takes a moment to reflect on his mother, who is currently battling an illness. He reveals that he penned a homage to her, one that remains too difficult for him to listen to. “My mother got a situation, she’s not healthy right now,” he explains. “That record basically describes she’s the real MVP. When I jumped f the porch I took a lot my time trying to come up, trying to take care everybody. I didn’t really take the time to be a son. Now, she’s not well, so when I see people moving around taking their mothers on tour or on vacation, doing things, it’s like damn, I gotta go see my mother in this place. It hurt, because I missed all that time. I can’t get none it back. I didn’t get nothing but some money, so I didn’t really gain much. I lost my mom, but I thank her every day for giving me morals.”
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He also cites Magic Johnson as his main inspirations. “That’s my mentor,” he says. “I love the fact that he’s solid, he lives his life. He’s got balance around him. He takes care his friends, he’s giving them experiences. He’s traveling and seeing the world. But if you look at other athletes that came up with him, they not set up like that. That tells me I gotta move that way if that’s how I want to be in 10, 15, 20 years…He was a great basketball player, now he’s a great husband, a great father, a great mentor, a great businessman. I watch his moves.” When Charlamagne attempts to slide HIV into the conversation, Jeezy wastes little time in shutting it down – “we don’t do that.”
For more wisdom from the Snowman, be sure to check out the interview in full below. Are you excited for another dose Thug Motivation?
Dwight Howard has seemingly confirmed that he is in fact engaged to his girlfriend, Te’a Cooper. Rumors Howard and Cooper’s engagement have been swirling for months, after Cooper was spotted with a massive rock on her finger, but Howard’s comment on her most recent IG post affirmed the news.
Cooper, a basketball player at South Carolina, posted a video on IG a few days back and Dwight initially replied, “Mine,” along with a bunch emojis. When asked by another IG user if they were engaged, the veteran center reportedly responded, “Duh!”
The duo have reportedly been dating since 2018 and Cooper started sporting the ring towards the end last year.
Howard, 33, is currently on the Memphis Grizzlies roster but that may not be the case for much longer. The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly planned a workout for Howard, as well as Joakim Noah and Mo Speights, after the Grizz granted Dwight’s representatives permission to speak with other teams.
The eight-time All Star spent just one season with the Lakers in 2012-13, when he averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while being selected to the All-Star team. He left the team in order to join the Houston Rockets that summer and has bounced around the league since then, including a nine-game stint with the Washington Wizards last season. Prior to that, he appeared in 81 games for the Charlotte Hornets, where he posted 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per night.
After dropping a trio of tracks in June, Gerald unleashes two new songs in his B-Sides series including the breezy summer jam “All Facts” with Ty Dolla $ign, plus the London On Da Track-produced “Got a Check” featuring T-Pain and the Bay Area’s own ALLBLACK and Offset Jim.
Additionally, G-Eazy debuts a baller video for his collaboration with Tyga, “Bang.” The rappers team up on the basketball court in the clip, which pays homage to Birdman and Lil Wayne’s “Pop Bottles” and Trick Daddy’s “Take It to da House.” Their team, the Tycoons, faces off against the Mobbers, while Tyga flirts with the cheerleaders off the court. In the end, they still manage to score a victory over the visiting team.
The visual also features cameos from Kirko Bangz, Minnesota Timberwolves’s center Karl-Anthony Towns, and a vocal cameo from E-40, who plays the announcer.
While G-Eazy readies a new album, he continues his B-Sides series, consisting of tracks from his current studio sessions that won’t appear on the forthcoming project.
Next up, he will hit the stage at Rolling Loud Bay Area in his hometown of Oakland on Sept. 28.
Larsa Pippen recently took to social media to shut down rumors that she has been secretly hooking up with Philadelphia 76ers All-Star, and Kendall Jenner’s ex, Ben Simmons.
The Larsa-Simmons rumors surfaced earlier this week, after reports alleged that the two were flirting at The Highlight Room in Los Angeles on Monday night. They reportedly left the venue within minutes each other, leading to speculation that they were getting down behind Kendall’s back.
Larsa posted a screenshot the article on her Instagram story, along with the following message: “I never even saw him, let alone left with him. He dated my bff’s sister and I would never.”
Simmons and Kendall were linked together for about a year before they split and he began dating Tinashe.
As for Larsa, she filed for divorce from her husband, NBA Hall Famer, Scottie Pippen last November.
The couple, whom have been married since 1997, have had their fair share issues over the years including a pair domestic disturbance calls in 2016 that resulted in police showing up to their residence. Scottie filed for divorce in 2016 but the two called it f until last Fall.
They have four kids together including son Scotty Pippen Jr., who has committed to play basketball at Vanderbilt in the upcoming season.
Spalding is also getting in on the Mamba Day festivities by releasing a limited run the “Infusion” basketball – the one with a built-in micro pump that Kobe helped launch back in 2001.
“Throughout my career, I made it my goal to change the game one play at a time. When I collaborated with Spalding in 2001 to release the Infusion basketball, my goal was to bring innovation to the sport I was born to love. Today, that innovative spirit is back with the limited edition re-release the Infusion and the first and only built-in Micro Pump in the game today.”
The limited edition Infusion, priced at $49.99, will first be available at 8:24am PST exclusively for Spalding MVP Members at www.spalding.com. If there are any Infusion basketballs left over, the rest will be available to everyone at 9:00 am PST.
Additionally, it looks like there’s a high-top version the Yeezy 500 in the works. The kicks, first revealed by @Kickwhoshow, look to mimic the design the Yeezy 500 right down to the familiar Adiprene outsole.
As now there are no release details or pricing information for the Adidas Yeezy 500 High, but rumors are swirling that the new silhouette could be arriving as early as December. If you’re in the market for the original Yeezy 500 sneaker, you can cop the “Bone White” colorway this weekend. Click here for more details on that.
Scroll down to take a look at the first images the Yeezy 500 High and stay tuned for more photos & info.
Next up is the “Bone White” Yeezy 500, which will be releasing Adidas and major retailers such as Foot Locker, this Saturday, August 24. The kicks will be available in sizes for adults, kids and infants, with retail prices set at $200, $130, and $100, respectively.
The upcoming Yeezy 500 features the familiar mesh, leather and suede construction, equipped with reflective detailing and a cream outsole beneath the chunky midsole.
The newest sneaker silhouette in Kobe Bryant’s Nike Kobe AD NXT line is set to make it’s retail debut next Saturday, August 24 aka “Mamba Day.”
According to Ross Klein, the Senior Creative Director for Nike Basketball Footwear, the new Kobe sneaker is the “most technologically advanced basketball shoe we’ve done in the KOBE line, due to the combination complex components.”
The latest AD NXT will be available in at least two colorways from the jump, including the sleek black colorway that was introduced last week and the contrasting “Vast Grey” rendition shown below.
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According to Nike, the Kobe AD NXT is combines Nike FastFit, QuadFit and REACT to answer Kobe’s desire to get athletes lower than ever to the ground, without sacrificing comfort, and allow for greater court control.
“We wanted to show the heart and soul Nike — our capacity to put together systems,” Klein explains. “The design this shoe shows f all the pieces; the ingredients are critical. We want people to see the elements that work together within the machine.”
The Kobe AD NXT marries a new traction pattern tuned to exacting height and angles for indoor courts. A drop-in, full REACT cushioning midsole also gives the wearer a low, st stack height with a cat’s claw-like grip to the playing surface. According to Nike, the sneaker actually works like a sports car seat, situating the wearer to play with complete control at fast pace.
Scroll down for ficial images the “Vast Grey” colorway, and set aside $200 if you’re feeling the vibe.