Last week, Mr. Peanut became a trending topic as Planters started promoting ads on social media apps that announced the death its 104-year-old mascot. The marketing campaign was intended as a lead-up to the Kraft-owned snack company’s Superbowl commercial, starring Wesley Snipes and Matt Walsh. While the 30-second clip Mr. Peanut and the actors experiencing a car accident is still set to air during this Sunday’s event, Planters has decided to dial back the ads Mr. Peanut’s demise in light the passing Kobe Bryant.
On Sunday afternoon (Jan. 26), it was reported that the NBA legend was killed in a helicopter crash while he was travelling with his daughter Gianna to her basketball game in Thousand Oaks, California. Seven other passengers also perished in the crash, including John Altobelli, his daughter Alyssa Altobelli, his wife Keri Altobelli, Mamba Academy coach Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, her daughter Payton Chester and pilot Ara Zobayan.
In the wake this tragedy, Planters has revised their plan to advertise death-related posts on people’s social media feeds. Planters said in a statement that it will “evaluate next steps through a lens sensitivity to those impacted by this tragedy. The company added that “at this point, the pause impacts only paid advertising on channels like Twitter and YouTube, and some other outreach in the immediate wake this tragedy. No change has been made to our plans for Super Bowl Sunday.”
Kobe Bryant’s former teammates and coaches, as well as those who played and coached against him, will continue to mourn his loss and honor his life and legacy by sharing some their fondest memories. There’s no limit to how long this grieving process will last, but it certainly helps when those who knew Kobe best recall such classic stories.
On Monday night, Bryant’s former Laker teammates Nick Young and Lou Williams discussed some their most memorable moments with the Black Mamba, including how he once banned his teammates from wearing his sneakers because they simply weren’t worthy.
According to Lou Will, “We got blew out in Portland. He took everybody Kobe’s and said they couldn’t wear it cause we was st.”
In the aftermath Kobe’s passing, there have been so many stories about his competitive nature and the “Mamba Mentality,” as well as countless anecdotes regarding his post-NBA career. Specifically, those who were closest with Kobe recall just how much he loved being a father to his four daughters.
In honor Bryant’s life and legacy, both on and f the court, it’s also important to remember stories like the one shared by Lou Williams – the stories that still bring a smile to our faces in these dark times.
Like the rest the world, Jimmy Fallon is feeling the loss Kobe Bryant. On Monday night, the Late Night host delivered a heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant, recalling a beer run he made with the fallen NBA legend the first time they met.
Fallon posted the tribute video on Twitter with the caption, “I will remember you 24/8.”
“The world was heartbroken yesterday by a helicopter accident in Los Angeles that claimed the lives nine people, including that Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna,” Fallon says in the tribute video.
He then goes onto describe meeting a 17-year-old Kobe Bryant at a party when he was 21. Both were new to the Los Angeles scene and “hit it f” at the party. Fallon says the two drove to a store that was locked and the man behind the door told the pair that he couldn’t sell them beer because the store only delivered. Bryant put his ID up to the window and told the worker, “I’m a Laker,” Fallon recalled fondly. As a result, they were able to get five cases and Kobe “saved the party,” Fallon said.
As he reflected on the 41-year-old’s legacy and the friendship that had endured, Fallon started choking up. “We’d laugh at all the good things that had happened since,” he said as he fought back tears. “And we’d laugh at how much fun it was to raise kids and all the stupid mistakes we made trying to figure out how to be good dads…and today he and one his girls are gone.”
He continued, “But I think I knew Kobe enough to know that he rose to any challenge by digging deeper and getting back to work. So, let’s honor Kobe, Gianna and the other lives that were lost yesterday by following his example. Love your family, love your teammates and outwork everyone else in the gym,” he said. Fallon ends by saying, “Kobe, when we meet again we’re going on a beer run.”
Kobe Bryant will forever go down as one the greatest basketball players to ever play in the NBA but beyond the twenty years he played, he continued to make major strides in his post-NBA career. Described as a writer, producer, and investor in his Instagram bio, Kobe went on to dive deeper into the creative world with films and literature.
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Following the untimely passing Kobe Bryant, Granity Studios has revealed that the Oscar-award winning short film, Dear Basketball is now available for free streaming on dearbasketball.com and Vimeo. Dear Basketball is a short film narrated by Kobe Bryant and based on a poem he wrote to announce his retirement from the NBA. Greg Keane served as a the director and animator the film that “tells the inspiring story one little boy living out his basketball dream.”
“It’s a message for all us,” Keane said during his acceptance speech at the Oscars for best animated short. “It’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.”
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among the nine people who died yesterday during a helicopter crash in Calabassas. The news shocked the world with many Grammy performers dedicating their performance or paying homage to Kobe Bryant during the award ceremony.
Kobe Bryant’s 20-year run in the NBA was filled with iconic moments, countless awards, a fistful championship rings, epic scoring performances and so much more. Even in his final game with the Lakers Kobe outdid himself, scoring 60 points in a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
In celebration Kobe Bryant’s illustrious career, ESPN has announced that the final game will re-air tonight at 9pm ET.
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Kobe’s final game came on April 13, 2016 and it was an absolute spectacle, a fitting conclusion to the Black Mamba’s basketball career. The future Hall Famer put up 60 points on 50 shots in front a star-studded crowd that included a plethora NBA legends and celebrities. However, as Bryant explained after the game, the best part was being able to put on a show for his kids.
“The coolest thing is that my kids actually saw me play like I used to play,” Bryant said. “It was like, ‘Whoa, Dad!’ I said, ‘Yeah, I used to do that.’ They were like, ‘Really?’ I was like, ‘Dude, YouTube it.’ ”
Sunday, no sphere could have possibly felt the impact Kobe Bryant’s death greater than the NBA and the teams that were tasked with taking to the hardwood shortly after news broke Kobe Bryant’s death.
While total cancellation the league’s Sunday’s matches seemed to be in the top requests fans, such an outcome couldn’t have been feasible. In response, however, teams across the league opted to honor the Black Mamba by holding 24-second and 8-second violations in honor Bryant’s No. 8 and No. 24 jersey numbers. Naturally, crowds gathered across the arenas caught onto the trend, gifting Kobe with a standing ovation every time.
“Everybody is pretty emotional about the tragedy with Kobe,” coach Gregg Popovich said in San Antonio where the Spurs hosted the TornotoRaptors. “All us know what a great player he was, but he went beyond great playing. He was a competitor — that goes unmatched. It’s what made him as a player so attractive to everybody — that focus, that competitiveness, that will to win. And even more importantly than that, we all feel a deep sense loss for what he meant to all us in so many ways, and so many millions people loved him for so many different reasons. It’s just a tragic thing.”
In Atlanta, the Hawks boasted a quick turnaround when guard Trae Young debuted din a No. 8 jersey, kneeling at the foul line to let the clock count down after tip-f before switching to his usual No. 11.
Now that Tinashe is riding such a high, she is willing to openly discuss her lower points. In November, she released her fourth album, Songs For You, her first project released independently since splitting from RCA Records. It’s been greatly received by fans and critics, and Tinashe can enjoy knowing that she bet on herself and won big. On Saturday (Jan. 26), she attended the prestigious Roc Nation brunch – another sign that she is thriving. While there, Tinashe told reporters about her struggles following her breakup from Ben Simmons. Tinashe and the NBA player dated for about eight months before splitting in the spring 2018.
“It may have been worst day my life, but it’s okay,” Tinashe said about the day she found out Simmons moved on to dating Kendall Jenner. “I drank for like six months after that! Are you kidding me? I was like wasted for months. But I’m okay now. It was terrible. It was bad. Like it was bad, but I’m good now.”
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Tinashe found out that Jenner was in the picture “from reading a headline”, which was weird for the singer. “Beyond… I mean it’s not normal. It’s not normal,” she laughed. Aside from her mother, Tinashe mentioned how friends helped her get through that dark phase and she has resolved to not go back down that road. “You’ll find out in real time. It goes live real. I think it’s important to always have people that got your back, but at the same time you can’t really ever take it too seriously. At the same time you’ve got to keep moving forward and through it. This year is such a big year in terms like what I want to do. Just like even trying to give that energy is like I can’t. I can’t go there.”
Additionally, there’s a grade school-exclusive “Playground” Air Jordan 13 in the works.
The colorful kicks feature a smooth, white leather base equipped with splashes green, orange, yellow, purple, red and blue strewn throughout the silhouette. The sneakers, surely one the wildest AJ13s to date, will be available in grade school sizes at select Jordan Brand retailers starting January 30th. Retail price is set at $140.
Saturday night, Lebron James surpassed Kobe Bryant’s ranking on the NBA all-time scoring list, inching up to the No. 3 slot on the list during the Lakers’ matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers, earning the 18 points that he had remaining to pass Bryant. James now brings his tally to 33,643 points, falling behind Kareem Abdul-Jabaar’s 36,928 and Karl Malone’s 38,387.
“I’m happy just to be in any conversation with Kobe Bryant,” James said post-match. “One the all-time greatest basketball players to ever play, one the all-time greatest Lakers. The man got two jerseys hanging up in Staples Center. It’s just crazy.”
Ultimately, James sealed the deal with 29 total points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds through the match. Bryant went on to congratulate James in a tweet following his performance, closely mirroring his sentiments in an interview with USA Today earlier in the week.
“I don’t know if people want that or want to have this kind contentious thing where you don’t want records to be broken or people there to surpass you,” Kobe said. “You should be happy for the person that comes after you to be able to surpass things that you’ve done. It’s kind juvenile to think or to behave any other way.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been one the most mesmerizing basketball players in the NBA over the last three seasons. Last year, Giannis was able to win the MVP trophy and this season, he is well on his way to winning the honor again. Thanks to his efforts out on the court, Giannis has his very own shoe called the Nike Zoom Freak 1. There have been plenty dope colorways over the last year and now, yet another is making its way to the market.
There have been two “All Bros” colorways so far and now, we are getting a third. This particular “All Bros” colorway is teal and features a peach midsole. Of course, the name the colorway is a nod to his four brothers Alexis, Francis, Thanasis, and Kostas. As right now, both Kostas and Thanasis are playing in the NBA which just goes to show how athletic his family is.
As right now, this colorway doesn’t have a release date although you can expect it to drop sometime in the near future. Let us know in the comments below what you think these.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra is not happy with Jimmy Butler’s all-star snub.
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According to ESPN, Spoelstra called it a “joke,” and said that the entire process is outdated.
“I just think it’s ridiculous that we’re still in these antiquated positions,” Spoelstra told reporters prior to Friday night’s 122-117 loss to the LA Clippers. “So who’s to say what position Jimmy is? Does it matter? I put him No. 2 on my lineup] card. So I go Kendrick Nunn, Jimmy Butler, Duncan Robinson, I go Bam Adebayo] and then Meyers Leonard]. But you could flip any one those guys around. And in many ways he’s our point guard. So should he be in the All-Star Game as a point guard? I don’t know.”
“These are such antiquated labels that I feel like we’ve moved on from that years ago when we started talking about positionless players]. But either way, regardless how you want to label it or discuss it, Jimmy Butler should be a starter in this All-Star Game. It’s a joke that he’s not. Hopefully, this will change things in the future.”
Spoelstra wasn’t the only one to take issue with Butler’s absence. After the starters were announced, fans let their anger be known across Twitter.
The All-Star game is scheduled for February 16th at 8:00 PM.
In just a few weeks, NBA players will be embarking on a journey to Chicago where they will play in the NBA All-Star game. Jordan Brand has obvious connections to Chicago as Michael Jordan spent the vast majority his career there. To celebrate Chicago’s All-Star weekend, Jumpman is coming through with a plethora shoes including an Air Jordan 1 High OG colorway for the ladies. This model is called “UNC to Chicago” and celebrates Jordan’s transition from the University North Carolina to the Bulls.
As you can see from the ficial images below, the sneaker has a black base while the toe box is red. From there, Powder blue appears on the back heel and Nike swoosh to give you that UNC and Chicago contrast. While this colorway may be for women, Jordan Brand is planning on releasing it all the way up to size 16.5 which means men up to size 15 will be able to cop. This is great news for all the guys out there who were hoping to get their hands on these.
The Air Jordan 1 High OG “UNC To Chicago” is slated to drop on Friday, February 14th for $170 USD. Let us know in the comments below whether or not you plan on copping.
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green doesn’t particularly care for the way NBA ficials are catering to fensive players. In fact, he thinks all the free throws are going to lead to a decline in ratings.
Green was asked about his ‘criteria’ for what makes an All-Star following Friday’s shoot around, which led to his opinion about how the league does whatever it can to benefit the fensive player. For example, Green says, “You get teams in the bonus and guys who run into somebody and get two free throws. Nobody wanna see that shit.”
Check out his full comments in the video embedded below.
Green doesn’t always share the public opinion, but it seems like a majority NBA fans would agree with his assessment here. Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley also sided with Green, tweeting that the league has a problem with refs rewarding floppers.
“He’s right, I don’t know about the ratings part.. but def about seeing a 100 free throws in a game (no fans want that) and Refs rewarding flopping over and over .. it’s a problem we have.”
Although no specific player was mentioned, I’ll just note that Houston Rockets All Star James Harden has attempted 525 free throws through 42 games, which is nearly 100 more than the second guy on that list, Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Ever since LeBron James was in high school, he has been compared to Michael Jordan. When he first entered the league, there were people who thought he could never live up to the hype, simply because the hype was too high. After 17 seasons, it’s clear that the hype was warranted as LeBron has three championships and is about to become the third-highest scorer in NBA history. LeBron has passed Jordan in numerous categories and continues to forge his legacy.
As right now, Jordan is in Paris to watch his Charlotte Hornets take on the Milwaukee Bucks. He was recently asked about the LeBron comparisons and gave a diplomatic answer. As Jordan explains, the two played in very different time periods so it’s hard to compare their accomplisments.
“We play in different eras. He’s one the best players in the world,” Jordan said. “It’s a natural tendency to compare eras to eras. … I think he’s made his mark. He will continue to do so.”
The greatest all-time debate will always be relevant, especially in the context LeBron James and Michael Jordan. Fans can’t seem to make up their mind as to who is better. At the end the day, these debates are purely based on preference. Both players are great and that’s really all that matters.
NBA fans are gearing up for an exciting stretch action as some the league’s best players prepare to embark on a journey to Chicago for this year’s All-Star game. There will be plenty fun festivities including the skills competition and the game itself. Just last night, the starters for the Western and Eastern Conference were revealed. In the West, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, and Luka Doncic will lead the way while out East, Trae Young, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakim, Kemba Walker, and Giannis Antetokoumpo were selected.
While these names are all very deserving, there was one omission in the Eastern Conference that had some fans fuming. Yes, that’s right, none other than Jimmy Butler the Miami Heat was snubbed from the game. Butler has led his Heat team to a respectable record and fans figured he would be a lock as a starter. When news broke that he wouldn’t start, fans took to Twitter in droves where they condemned the decision.
Most the vitriol is being sent in the direction Trae Young who is playing on one the worst teams in the entire league. The selection isn’t Young’s fault but that hasn’t stopped fans from being upset. Butler has been a fan-favorite this year and the fact he wasn’t included has people very upset.
Regardless, there is still a chance he makes the team so fans shouldn’t get too upset so soon.