Courtside Chic: Kobe and Nicki Minaj on the Cover of ESPN, Lala Anthony Stuns on GMA, the Heat’s Karaoke Night

Kobe Bryant and Nicki Minaj on the Cover of ESPN Magazine 

Nicki Minaj and Kobe Bryant will grace the cover of February’s ESPN the Magazine’s Music Issue. I must say, viagra the two iconic and often polarizing celebs look fabulous (with a capital FAB).

Kobe rocks a fitted white blazer over a T-Shirt and wax denim jeans. You know a business-swag look isn’t complete without some Nikes. Nicki Minaj’s John Galliano Wedge sandals gave me a heart attack…twice. The platinum selling rapper was reportedly upset that her forehead was altered in the photograph. Nicki, Nicki, Nicki…we’re not looking at all that. We are looking at those fierce shoes!

I am glad that Kobe is rocking out on the cover of ESPN, because he will not be doing so on the court anytime soon. The Black Mamba will remain sidelined for at least two more weeks. Although he was given a six week-long time table (which ends on Thursday) his lateral tibial plateau fracture has not completely healed. 

Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report has stated that he might be out for as long as a month. Womp. It looks like the Lake Show won’t be getting any standing ovations  because they are now tied for the second-worst record in the Western Conference. With 42.5 percent shooting and 5.7 turnovers per game, Bryant hasn’t been on his A game (or B game for that matter). To be honest, I am not sure what Kobe can do for this team, even after being cleared to play. Lakers fans can only fantasize about their glory days…while I fantasize about Nicki’s sandals. 

Lala Anthony visits ‘Good Morning America’ in Diane von Furstenberg

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The ever-so stylish Lala Anthony made an appearance on  ‘Good Morning America’ to promote her new book, ‘The Love Playbook: Rules for Love, Sex and Happiness’. As usual, Lala gave me so much life-life with her ensemble. She looked fabulous in a Diane von Furstenberg ‘Rhonda Fit and Flare dress.’ Lala is on fire right now. I must say…so is Carmelo.

On Friday night, Carmelo scored a franchise-high 62-point game against the Charlotte Bobcats. With the trade deadline soon approaching, Carmelo and the Knicks must determine whether he will stay with the team or opt out. The Knicks can offer him $129 million over the next five years. Other teams (including the LA Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks) can offer him a maximum $96 million over four years. The rumor mill is buzzing in Chicago that Carmelo actually might be considering the Windy City as one of his top picks. 


Lala recently told Andy Cohan of ‘Watch What Happens Live’ that Melo will stay with the Knicks. Keep your fingers crossed, Knicks fans!

JR Smith in Gucci 

Knicks guard JR Smith was recently spotted at Time Warner Studios in Manhattan– we he dressed to impress. Smith styled a sleek Gucci blazer over a button-down shirt and grey Acne sweatpants. Hmm, I wonder if anyone tried to untie his black Timberland boots.  

It’s a shame that JR’s defensive skill isn’t up to par with his fashion skills. He recently told the New York Post that defense is not his area of expertise. Okay…what else is new? When asked about Coach Mike Woodson’s defensive system, the benched player stated: “That’s really not my area of expertise. I’m more of a scoring-type player. I’ll leave that to those guys. Whatever they want to do, it’s OK with me. Just let me know,” (New York Post).


Miami Heat’s Karaoke Night

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The Miami Heat is one organization that works hard…and plays even harder. On Monday night, the 2013 champs took part in a karaoke, or ‘Battioke’ night. The fun-filled event was a benefit for The Battier Take Charge Foundation, which provides resources for under served youth. (screenshot)

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem wore custom T-shirts that said ‘The Heatles’ (Heatles…Get it?) while performing Robin Thicke’s hit single, “Blurred Lines.”

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LeBron James also took to Instagram with photos of the Big Three performing a playful rendition of Jodeci’s “Come and Talk to Me.”  What can I say? The Heat has a little something, something to sing about. Their 113-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs was, indeed, a blowout.

“I loved the way we approached this game,” James said.”We had a great mindset and great focus defensively.” (Miami Herald) I  must point out that the Miami Heat is a cohesive unit…and it definitely shows on and off of the court. 

That’s it for now, Divas. You already know that I will be back next week to keep you fabulously posted!

About the author: Alexis Caxton-Idowu is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Political Science. This Chicago-area native loves all things hoops and heels. As an avid basketball fan, Alexis enjoys keeping up with NBA news without neglecting her ‘girly-girl’ tendencies. When she is not attending class or meeting deadlines, Alexis enjoys writing, watching games, shopping, fashion, reality television and managing her entertainment and style blog, Didara. Follow Alexis on Twitter @alexiscax.

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