Dave Chappelle Shares His Unpopular View of Donald Sterling in GQ

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In his GQ Men of the Year cover interview, Dave Chappelle shares his unpopular view of Donald Sterling: “Ultimately, I don’t think he should have lost his team. I don’t like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful.”

Chappelle covers GQ’s annual Men of the Year issue, honoring the biggest superstars who have undeniably left their mark in 2014. He graces the cover along with Chris Pratt, Steve Carell, Ansel Elgort, Shailene Woodley, and Michael Sam. The December issue of GQ is available on newsstands now in New York and Los Angeles and nationally November 25th.

For the full story and photo slideshow, check out gq.com: http://www.gq.com/moty/2014/dave-chappelle-men-of-the-year

Photo credit: Ben Watts/GQ

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Adidas Unveils Two New D Rose 5 Boost Colorways

adidas today unveiled the next two colorways of the D Rose 5 Boost signature basketball shoe. The D Rose 5 Boost is the first basketball shoe to offer full length Boost cushioning technology designed for heightened energy return and step-in comfort to ensure maximum performance.

adidas D Rose 5 Boost Chicago Ice

Inspired by Rose’s home city of Chicago and its importance to his upbringing, the “Chicago Ice” D Rose 5 Boost features a classic black mesh SPRINT WEB upper for enhanced breathability and comfort. The upper is highlighted by an embossed satellite print of Chicago which was originally introduced on the D Rose 2.5. Contrasting white details and an ice blue outsole reflect Chicago’s notably frigid winters.

adidas D Rose 5 Woven Blues

The early 20th century saw African-American workers move north to seek work and they brought with them the classic blues music style. As they settled in Chicago, many honed their musical craft, which evolved into Chicago style or urban blues and became one of the biggest influences on modern music. The “Woven Blues” D Rose 5 colorway is inspired by that movement and features a unique basket weave styled upper in a deep navy blue. It’s accented by a bright orange lining and white D Rose logo on the back of the shoe.

“Chicago Ice” D Rose 5 Boost launches at adidas.com and Foot Locker on November 24th, while “Woven Blues” will be available November 26th.

The Worst NBA Draft Picks Of All Time

The 2014 NBA Draft saw the Cleveland Cavaliers again win the right to choose first. Last year they acquired Anthony Bennett, who has gone down in recent memory as one of the worst draft picks. This year the Cavs, who are the favorites to win the NBA Championships with Betfair, picked up Andrew Wiggins. However, you won’t be seeing him in a Cleveland jersey, as he was traded alongside Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves in return for Kevin Love.

Hopefully Wiggins will be able to make a better account of himself in his maiden NBA season than his countryman, who we all hope finds his feet in Minnesota.

Although Bennett was bad, he was not the worst draft pick in NBA history. So who are?

Michael Olowokandi
Michael Olowokandi

Pick/Year: No.1/1998
College: Pacific
Team: Los Angeles Clippers
Chosen over: Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter
NBA career stats: 8.3 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.4 BPG (1998-2007)

Thankfully Michael Olowokandi finished college with a degree in economics, as his basketball career is, in the most part, an unsuccessful one.

The 7-foot Nigerian literally walked into the team at the University of the Pacific and dominated the Big West. In 1997 – his junior year – Olowokandi led his university to the 1997 NCAA Tournament, where they were beaten in the first round by Saint Joseph’s. During his senior year he averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks per game. Heading into the draft it was widely accepted that Olowokandi was a talented prospect that had the potential to get even better. He didn’t.

Unfortunately for Olowokandi, his career at the Clippers was stop-start, due to injuries and inconsistent play. This concoction of irrational play and injury also ruined his spells at the Timberwolves and the Boston Celtics.

Marvin Williams
Marvin Williams

Pick/Year: No. 2/2005
College: North Carolina
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Chosen over: Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Monta Ellis
NBA career stats: 10.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.3 APG

It’s a mystery to this day why the Hawks opted for Marvin Williams over Chris Paul back in 2005. The Hawks had just come off a 13-69 season and drastically needed a new point guard, due to Tyronn Lue’s poor form. Logic would suggest that Paul would be the ideal pick in the draft, having been named a First Team Consensus All-America. Logic lost that day.

Instead of Paul they went for Marvin Williams, a player who didn’t even start in college, though he did come from the defending champions North Carolina Tar Heels. Why on earth would you use the second pick of the draft to get a collegiate sixth man?

The two men went very different ways. As to be expected, Paul has established himself as one of the better players in the NBA – he has a very good chance of winning his first championship ring with the Clippers this season – while Williams was underwhelming at the Hawks before being underwhelming with the Utah Jazz. Whether he will be able to buck the trend with the Charlotte Hornets remains to be seen.

LaRue Martin
LaRue Martin

Pick/Year: No. 1/1972
College: Loyola University-Chicago
Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Chosen over: Bob McAdoo, Julius Erving, Paul Westphal
NBA career stats: 5.3 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.5 BPG (1972-76)

The butt of many basketball jokes, LaRue Martin was absolutely atrocious in the NBA. He had originally gained prominence after some strong play against the prodigal Bill Walton. Walton – who was the first pick in 1974 – has two championship rings to his name and was named the league’s MVP in 1978 – during Martin’s Loyola-Chicago’s game against Walton’s UCLA. When Martin declared himself eligible for the draft there was much fanfare, nearly all of it was generated from his performance against Walton.

This fanfare was enough to entice Portland into going for Martin with their first pick, but what a catastrophic error that proved to be. Martin couldn’t hack it in the NBA and two years later his old friend Bill Walton was signed by the Timbers, giving LaRue no chance of making the side.

Four years after being the number one draft Martin had retired. Reports in 2005 stated that he now works for UPS.

Darko Milicic
Darko Milicic

Pick/Year: No.2/2003
College: Hemofarm (Serbia)
Team: Detroit Pistons
Chosen over: Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh
NBA career stats: 6.0 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 1.3 BPG (2003-12)

The 2003 draft was a golden opportunity for the Detroit Pistons. The season just gone saw them lose to the New Jersey Nets in the finals of the Eastern Conference, but they had the No.2 pick thanks to a deal made with the Memphis Grizzlies back in 1997. Here was a case of good team being made better, which it would of had they gone for the three players listed above.

You can defend Joe Dumars by saying that Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade were not needed due to Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince being on the roster, but the argument that Chris Bosh was not tough enough for the NBA has long been discredited. All three of these players individually were equal to Milicic squared.

What’s worse, they signed Milicic and then never gave him consistent game time. During his three seasons with the Pistons his average MPG was 5.73. He may have been a star in the making had he been given the game time, but when you look at who the Pistons passed up he has to be looked at as a massive draft failure.

Kwame Brown
Kwame Brown

Pick/Year: No.1/2001
College: Glynn Academy – High School
Team: Washington Wizards
Chosen Over: Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Zach Randolph
NBA career stats: 6.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 0.6 BPG (2001-13)

It doesn’t really matter which way you look at it, Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player ever. He may be tremendous on the court but when he’s trying to manage a side from an off-the-court perspective, he has proven to be the polar opposite. His signing of Kwame Brown proves just that.

Brown was a mercurial talent in high school and was named in the 2001 McDonald’s All-American Team. This was all MJ needed to see before making Brown the first ever high school player to be picked with the first draft pick.

His first season with the Wizards was terrible, but you can allow some leeway for that considering it was his debut campaign. The next wasn’t much better despite his game time being increased, neither were the two that followed. And then to add insult to injury he turned down the Wizards new contract offer, instead preferring to go on the free agent market.

Since the Wizards, Brown has been passed from team to team, which he has been without since 2013.

Not only was he a waste of a pick, he thought of himself as above the club and jumped ship the second the opportunity presented itself.

These players made fans despair, Knock on wood, Wiggins won’t.

John Wall To Celebrate The Release Of The J Wall 1 With Fans In New York

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On Monday, November 3rd, Washington Wizards guard John Wall will visit Foot Locker in New York City to meet and take photos with fans to celebrate the launch of his first adidas signature shoe, the J Wall 1.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early as photo ops with John are on a first come, first served basis. The first 50 fans that purchase the J Wall 1 beginning October 31st will gain access to a priority meet and greet line on November 3rd.

The J Wall 1 is the first in a line of signature products designed for Washington Wizards NBA All-Star point guard, John Wall. It features a sleek, bold design inspired by Wall’s quick on-court play and fashion forward off-court style. The shoe is branded with the new John Wall logo which incorporates Wall’s initials, “JW” and is designed with the “J” crossing-over to the “W” as a nod to his quick playing style and ability to cross over defenders.

The J Wall 1 is available for $115 at adidas.com and Foot Locker.

This Michael Jordan 1986 Rookie Card Is Worth WHAT?!

Michael Jordan 1986 Rookie Card

A 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie card with a “Pristine 10” grade will cross the auction block on November 6th at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, and the price that it may fetch is an eye-opener: $80,000+.

“We fully expected this card to meet and possibly exceed that price,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage. “This card is, undoubtedly, the most desirable and valuable trading card printed in the last half century.”

The card is making its auction debut in the Heritage event and is the single most perfect specimen ever to find its way into a grading company’s plastic slab.

This is not the first time a Jordan rookie card has been graded a “Pristine 10” from Beckett Grading Services, but it’s exceedingly important in the card collecting hobby and Beckett is a company known to elite collectors to be maddeningly discerning when it comes to its evaluation of modern cardboard.

“More than 7,400 Jordan rookies have been submitted to Beckett for grading,” said Ivy, “and only five have been worthy of a Pristine 10 designation. That calculates to approximately .0067 percent.”

When this card was certified, Beckett itself was well aware of the magnitude of this rating, trumpeting its emergence upon the cover of its Summer 2006 Beckett Basketball Card Plus magazine, saying “Centering doesn’t get any better! Razor-sharp Edges! Corners could be used as a weapon! Silky-smooth Surface! The first BGS Pristine 10 Jordan Rookie Card!”

“When it comes to His Airness, the sky is the limit,” said Ivy. “Jordan is as popular and collectible today as he has ever been and this card is proof of that.”


Customized Wooden Sneaker Boxes From Good Wood NYC

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Adding to its extensive line of distinctive wooden accessories and creations is Good Wood NYC’s newest line of customized sneaker boxes. The brand’s skilled craftsmen and trendsetters have now made available custom made sneaker boxes that enable customers to submit their own designs or logos to be engraved onto their own sneaker box. These boxes will go on sale via the Good Wood website starting October 24th

“We always strive to create the best quality and hottest products on the market for our customers,” said Rich Foster, Marketing Director at Good Wood NYC. “Whether a sneakerhead or fan of the brand, these boxes are one-of-a kind pieces that can really showcase personality of an individual.”

Good Wood NYC Sneaker Box - 2

The boxes come in two styles – a lift off box or slide box, and they’re made with Baltic Birchwood. Customers can submit an image of their favorite logo or design to the Good Wood online order form on the company’s website to create their own box. The starting price of a box is $100 and increases with the complexity of the design.

For more information please visit www.goodwoodnyc.com.

OMG, Check Out This AWESOME Trick Shot!

I’m Possible Training trainer Jacob Tucker made possibly the world’s hardest trick shot, which you can check out above.

And now they’re offering you guys a deal – The first four players to make this shot will earn $200.00!

Here are the rules:

  • You must start at regulation half court.
  • You must start in a pushup with your back to the basket.
  • Perform the pushup, throw the ball over your head while keeping chest remotely parallel to the floor, and land back in the pushup.
  • If you’d like to celebrate with a dunk, attempt to match Jacob’s entire sequence for some bonus points!
  • Your winning shot must be posted to Instagram or Twitter with #trainimpossible. Good luck. Let the games begin!!!

I think I could pull this off given enough time and patience, but unfortunately I’ve got neither of those traits.. :)