NBA Name-Drop: 21 Savage Salutes Hoops Legends on ‘Bank Account’

It’s been a difficult week for 21 Savage. The Atlanta-based rapper was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying his non-immigrant visa from the United Kingdom, which expired in 2006. 21, whose given name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, already has plenty of help on the way from the hip-hop community, with Jay-Z stepping in to hire an attorney for him. With the 26-year-old in ICE custody, we dug back into his catalogue for a bit of a throwback NBA Name-Drop. On “Bank Account,” from his 2017 Issa Album, 21 Savage shouts out a pair of Hall of Famers in Shaquille O’Neal and Reggie Miller, while rapping about building… Read More

NBA Runway, Week 16: The Western Conference Takes Over

The West Coast is the NBA’s best coast, at least as far as fashion is concerned. As the calendar flipped from January to February, the Western Conference’s usual fashionistas showed up in chic designer ready-to-wear pieces. But could anyone beat out Houston Rockets hype beast P.J. Tucker for the top spot in our NBA Runway rankings? Find out below, with our five favorite looks from Week 16 of the season, starting with No. 5. 5) Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers Outfit: Killa Kuz View this post on Instagram 🦂 Killa Kuz 🦂 A post shared by LEAGUE FITS (@leaguefits) on Feb 2, 2019 at 4:17pm PST Kyle Kuzma showed up… Read More

Outside Shots with Mike Ojo: Everybody Hurts Sometimes

Last week on “Outside Shots,” Mike Ojo found his groove with the Plymouth Raiders, even as his teammates came and went. This week, in his own words, he reflects on his first significant showdowns with the dreaded injury bug as a pro. Season Two was off to an amazing start. Heading into Christmas break, I was averaging 22 points, four rebounds and two assists per game. These numbers alone were solid, but the efficiency with which I was doing it was remarkable—if I may say so myself. I was shooting 50 percent from two-point range and 47 percent from three. I really was on a roll. Playing at this level was… Read More

NBA Social Recap, Week 16: Legendary Connections and All-Star Celebrations

You’d have hardly known this was the biggest week of the NFL season with the way the NBA dominated the media landscape. From blockbuster trades to All-Star selections (and snubs), the basketball world was abuzz with big moments as the 2019 calendar flipped from January to February. Here’s a look at the top five moments on Twitter and Instagram from Week 16 of the season, starting with No. 5. 5) Paul George Swaps Jerseys with Dwyane Wade View this post on Instagram If he only knew how much he made me better #Legend #HOF #WadeCounty A post shared by Paul George (@ygtrece) on Feb 1, 2019 at 8:52pm PST The… Read More

NBA Name-Drop: J. Cole Measures Up to LeBron James on ‘Middle Child’

The home stretch of 2019’s opening month saw at least two triumphant returns—one in the NBA, the other in hip-hop. On January 31, LeBron James came back from a groin injury to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 123-120 overtime win against the Clippers. About a week prior, J. Cole dropped his first track of the new year, “Middle Child.” Fittingly, Cole’s latest release features a nod to the four-time MVP: I roll with some fiends, I love ’em to death I got a few mil’ but not all of them rich What good is the bread if my n—- is broke? What good is first class if my… Read More

Under Armour Unveils ‘Working on Excellence’ Colorway of Stephen Curry’s Sneaker

The Currys have become America’s First Family of Basketball. But none of Stephen Curry’s most famous relatives—not former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry or current Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry, not mother, Sonya, or wife, Ayesha, or any of Steph’s three kids—can claim to be behind a colorway of the two-time MVP’s Under Armour signature sneaker quite like the “Working on Excellence” edition of the Curry 6. The phrase comes from Steph’s cousin, Devontée, a Toronto-based musician who found his way from budding football stardom to creating and teaching music in Canada. Steph already had “W.O.E.” (for “Working on Excellence”) tattooed onto his right bicep, and now will be able to… Read More