Warriors’ Draymond Green to Become Face of Converse with Multi-Year Sneaker Deal

Draymond Green has been quiet on the court for the Golden State Warriors during their down season. But the three-time NBA All-Star, three-time champion and former Defensive Player of the Year is making plenty of noise on the business side. The Warriors forward recently signed a multi-year, multi-million-dollar sneaker deal with Converse to become a featured endorser and the face of the Nike-owned legacy brand. Draymond joins Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. as Converse’s current NBA signees, as the brand launches back into performance basketball shoes. The 30-year-old has been with Nike since entering the league as the No. 35 pick in the 2012 NBA draft out of Michigan… Read More

Lakers Legend Magic Johnson Joins Board of Renewable Energy Company, Uncharted Power

Magic Johnson is bringing “Showtime” to the world of renewable energy. The Los Angeles Lakers legend and Basketball Hall of Famer is joining the board of Uncharted Power, an energy technology company founded in 2011 by Nigerian-American Jessica O. Matthews. Magic will work to strengthen the company’s existing partnerships and expand its services to communities in the United States. The 60-year-old mogul previously participated in Uncharted Power’s $7 million Series A funding round through his venture capital firm, Magic Johnson Enterprises. “Many of America’s urban, multicultural communities are being left behind when it comes to basic human rights such as feeling safe in the community, providing for family, getting an… Read More

Cavaliers’ Larry Nance Jr.’s Foundation Surprises IBD Patients with Tickets, Goodyear Blimp Ride

Since January 2017, Larry Nance Jr. has worked side by side with Noah Weber to support people across the country with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) through their Athletes vs. Crohn’s and Colitis foundation. When Larry and the Cleveland Cavaliers came to Southern California to take on the Los Angeles Lakers this past January, he and his foundation partnered with Goodyear to treat two high school athletes with IBD to a unique experience. On the day of the Cavs’ 128-99 loss to the Lakers at Staples Center, Colton Fitzgerald, a junior at Saugus High School, and London Lomas, a sophomore at Ramona High School got to ride in the Goodyear blimp… Read More

Anthony Davis to Serve as Brand Ambassador for Lakers’ Sponsorship with First Entertainment Credit Union

Anthony Davis just joined the Los Angeles Lakers this past July—and could be the NBA’s biggest free agent this coming summer—but that hasn’t stopped the seven-time All-Star from putting his stamp on Southern California. On Wednesday, with head coach Frank Vogel, Lakers legends James Worthy, Kurt Rambis, Derek Fisher, Robert Horry and Rick Fox; and nearly all of his Lakers teammates (save for LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma) in attendance at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown LA, AD announced that he would become the first-ever brand ambassador for First Entertainment Credit Union, in conjunction with the Lakers’ larger sponsorship deal. As part of the partnership, Anthony will… Read More

Raptors’ Kyle Lowry Has Jersey Retired at Villanova

Kyle Lowry has already played in six NBA All-Star Games and might win another championship at some point, to go with the one he won with Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors in 2019. But there’s one thing he’ll never do again: have his jersey retired at Villanova. The Wildcats raised the Philadelphia native’s No. 1 to the rafters at Finneran Pavilion in a halftime ceremony during the home team’s 71-60 win over St. John’s on Wednesday. Kyle was joined by some of his former college teammates on the court and by his sons, Karter and Kameron, at a press conference after the occasion. During his time on… Read More

Wizards Rookie Rui Hachimura Has the Best-Selling NBA Jersey in Japan

Japan can’t get enough of Rui Hachimura. The Washington Wizards rookie not only leads the NBA in jersey sales in his home country, but his No. 8 accounts for nearly one of every four replicas sold there. The NBA announced this week that the 22-year-old native of Toyama, Japan has paced his peers with 24 percent of all such sales. That’s helped the Wizards become the second-most popular team in terms of merchandising there, with 13 percent of all sales. The Los Angeles Lakers rank No. 1, thanks to the ongoing popularity of LeBron James (No. 2 in Japanese jersey sales) and Anthony Davis (No. 7). Golden State Warriors guard… Read More