NBA Name-Drop: Nipsey Hussle’s Love for Lakers Legend on ‘Blue Laces 2’

The NBA, hip-hop and Los Angeles communities are all still mourning the tragic murder of Nipsey Hussle. The 33-year-old rapper, entrepreneur and activist was gunned down in front of his The Marathon Clothing boutique in South LA on March 31, sparking an outpouring of emotions across social media. During his life, the artist born Ermias Asghedom was an avid basketball fan. And though he was known to attend games for and mingle with the Los Angeles Clippers, Nipsey offered his most fervent support to the Los Angeles Lakers. And not just during trips to Staples Center. While Nipsey’s music is hardly riddled with NBA references, those he made were typically… Read More

NBA Runway, Week 25: Season’s End Brings Variety of Styles

The final full week of the regular season brought out everything from streetwear to western looks to custom suits. Some players went for trendy hypebeast looks, while others opted for more chic designer digs. Here are the five best dressed ballers from Week 25, starting with No. 5. 5) James Harden, Houston Rockets Outfit: Blue Jean Beard View this post on Instagram #JamesHarden at #StaplesCenter tonight wearing #Calvinklein205w39nyc fireman band denim set and #DiorTrainers .. Feeling his fit? #Morethanstats A post shared by MORE TH>N STATS (@morethanstats) on Apr 3, 2019 at 7:28pm PDT James Harden headed into Staples Center in full denim drip on April 3 before he and… Read More

New Clippers Courts in LA Deepen Partnership with ‘Clip City’ Anthem Artist

LOS ANGELES — Eleven minutes. That’s how long it took Brandon “Stix” Salaam-Bailey to write “Clip City,” the Los Angeles Clippers’ anthem for this season, mere days after an invitation from DJ Dense, one of the team’s in-arena hosts at Staples Center. Ten days. That’s how long it took Stix—a local rapper, producer, community activist and leader of the Think Watts organization—to get the Clippers and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), wrapped in red tape as it may be, to complete a revitalization project at the University Pathways Public Service Academy and Charles R. Drew Middle School in South LA. “If you think Watts, you think of electricity,”… Read More

NBA Social Recap, Week 24: Basketball World Mourns for Nipsey Hussle

The final day of March brought with it a crushing blow to the worlds of hip-hop, basketball and broader culture with the passing of Nipsey Hussle. The 33-year-old rapper, activist, entrepreneur and South Los Angeles native was shot and killed outside of his store, The Marathon Clothing, on Sunday. The NBA family immediately leapt onto social media to share thoughts and remembrances of, prayers for and tributes to the artist born Ermias Asghedom, who was a fervent basketball fan and friend to some of the biggest names in the game. Here are five powerful posts from Twitter and Instagram, presented in first name alphabetical order. 1) Isaiah Thomas Takes it… Read More

NBA Runway, Week 24: Nineties Revivals and Western Swag

Week 24 of the season saw a wave of Southwest-inspired ensembles sweep the league. The league’s walk-in fashion also made way for contemporary cozy ‘fits complete with 1990s-inspired styles. Here are the top five looks from the first full week of spring around the Association, starting with No. 5. 5) Chris Paul, Houston Rockets Outfit: Chris Goes Cozy Inner City Blues | @cp3 x @honorthegift | #menswear #nbastyle A post shared by Menswear Stylist (@thepmcollective) on Mar 29, 2019 at 5:34am PDT Chris Paul went for a cozy yet trendy look going into the Rockets’ 112-85 win against the Denver Nuggets on March 28. Chris supported Russell Westbrook’s fashion endeavors… Read More

Kent Bazemore Awarded Jason Collier Memorial Trophy by Atlanta Hawks

Trae Young may be the Atlanta Hawks’ biggest star on the court, but Kent Bazemore can claim to be the team’s most impactful player in the community. On Friday, the Hawks honored Kent with the annual Jason Collier Memorial Trophy prior to their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at State Farm Arena. The Hawks have handed out the award each year since 2005, when Jason Collier passed away, to the player who “most closely exemplifies the characteristics of a community ambassador.” Kent did plenty to earn the distinction. In December 2018, he helped distribute eyeglasses and run a free basketball clinic for more than 60 kids at Toney Elementary… Read More