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Playoffs are here…bring on the fashion.

Hello Divas! I missed all of you oh so dearly. I know it’s been a while, mind but I am back…just in time for the NBA Playoffs!

It is a wonderful time in the NBA where the game–and the fashion–is intensified.

During the Playoffs, health wood can become headgear and lint rollers can act as accessories. There are hits. There are misses. There are downright shames. I’m here for all three. Let’s get into it, cheap shall we?

NBA on TNT Honor Craig Sager with Sartorial Fashion 

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If you are an avid basketball watcher, you have definitely seen one of Craig Sager’s bold suits on the sidelines of major games. The TNT reporter is currently being treated for acute leukemia in Atlanta.

In honor of Sager, The NBA on TNT crew channeled their inner Sager and dressed up like him.  Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O’Neal sported eye-popping ensembles while wishing him a speedy recovery.

Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams go Business Casual 

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Brooklyn Nets star players Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Deron Williams were recently seen rocking pre-game business casual ensembles. They looked dapper as they made their pregame strut into the locker rooms.

Although the series against the Raptors is tied 2-2, Kevin Garnett tells reporters that he is not impressed with the Barclays Center crowd.

“They could do better,” Garnett said, as reported by ESPN. “I was expecting Brooklyn to be real hostile, New York-style. I know what it’s like to come here as the opposition, so our crowd could do better, but they were there when we needed them, and we fed off of them.” (Fox Sports)

Mike Conley’s Wooden Fedora 

mikeconleyhatQuestion. When did wood become a fashion statement? I am going to go out on a limb and say that Mike Conley would know. The Memphis point guard got everyone’s attention with his wooden head gear. The carpenter’s dream of a hat was an epic collaboration between Conley’s stylist Brandon Williams and Two Guys Bow Ties.

Mike Conley is one of the few people on this earth that can pull this look off. He manages to look swag-ulous even while rocking a hard-wood flooring on his head. That takes talent. Okay. I have another serious question. Does a wooden hat require an occasional pine-sol cleaning? I need to know these things.

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Mike Conley’s wooden fedora

One thing that I do know is that Mike and Grizzlies are putting up a fight! Memphis is currently tied 2-2 with Oklahoma City.

Andre Iguodala in Animal Print 

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Lions and tigers and blue leopard print–oh my. Andre Iguodala was seen sporting a powder- blue leopard print sweater. The Golden State small forward/shooting guard’s style is always on point. I’m glad that his on-court style is finally catching up. On Sunday’s Game 4 against the Clippers, he scored 11 points, nine rebounds and three assists–an improvement on his average 9.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

“I found some things they were trying to take away from Steph and Klay (Thompson) and was putting myself in position to be a threat” Iguodala said. “We’re going to continue to look forward and try to make things happen.” (SF Gate) The Warriors are currently tied with the Clippers 2-2.

Drake attends Raptors Game 

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Drake is certainly putting Toronto on the map! Ever since the Canadian recording artist (and 2014 ESPYS host) became the Raptors’ global ambassador, everything’s been coming up ‘Canada.’ This is the first time that the Toronto Raptors have made the playoffs in six years. Toronto will also be hosting the 2015 All-Star game.  Big deal, much? Drake is very vocal (and visual) about his love for the Raptors. He has made himself comfortable at the games . Comfortable enough to roll lint. No, that statement is not a euphemism. He was literally using a lint roller on his pants during a game. When he’s not making his clothing lint-free, he is busy yelling at referees.

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Oh, Drake. You never cease to slay me.

Well, that’s it for now, Divas! I will be back next week to talk about more Playoffs Fashion and Gossip. As usual, I will keep you fabulously posted!

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Bulls are Hungry

Calling all Bulls babes: the NBA playoffs are right under our noses! If you took a backseat after Derrick Rose went out for the season or Luol Deng was shipped off to Cleveland – we don’t blame you, find but it’s time to brush up on your Bulls basics because we’re gearing up for a playoff party.

The league is wrapping up their regular season tonight and our Bulls have secured the role of “most dangerous underdog” in the post season this year. No one expected much out of Chicago after Derrick rose went down with the doom and gloom of a second knee injury. Many suggested the team tank the season and collect themselves a nice lottery pick in the draft. Instead, the Bulls are prepping for the 2014 post season and are easily one of the biggest threats to the top seeded dogs in the East.

What You Need to Know:

1. The Perfect Playoff Positioning? They’re either playing the Brooklyn Nets or the Washington Wizards in a first round show down. It all depends on the outcome of the final games tonight (The Bulls snag a four seed and Indy’s bracket with a loss or a Raptors win. They take the three seed with a win and a Raptors loss). Rumor has it the Nets don’t want to meet the Bulls in the first round after we knocked them out last year. The Pacers clinched the top seed in the East so technically we want the 4th seed to avoid the Miami Heat’s half of the bracket. Let’s not face BronBron and his title contending friends until the Eastern finals por favor.

2. It’s all about the messy bun swagger and the heart hustle and muscle of Joakim Noah this post season. His energy propels the emotional stability of the entire roster. JoNo has been absolutely stunning this season, racking up career high stats. Triple-double is basically his middle name. He leads the team in rebounds, blocks, and assists (yea our center is the best passer on the team, deal with it). Noah’s health and consistent performance is essential for the Bulls to advance to the second round.

3. Crazy Cool Coach: Thibs may look like a Disney evil villain or maybe you get the used car salesman vibe from his fashion sense, but one thing proves true; Tom Thibodeau knows how to coach an NBA team. It doesn’t matter who’s on his bench, NBA players ride or die with their boy Thibs.

4. Defensive Titans: By now we are all aware of the Bulls defensive mindset. Tom Thibodeau has his teams eat and breathe defense and the Bulls are peaking (minus the loss to the lowly Knicks) at the right time. We’re looking your way Jimmy ButlerThey’ve been ranked in the top 5 defenses all season and are about to take the physicality up a notch.

5. X-Factors: Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler. Gibson is in the running for Sixth man of the year and there is no time like the present for him to whip out all the stops. I want ego-smothering dunks and I want dirty defense. Jimmy Buckets had a slow start on the year, but has picked things up since the All-Star break. We need a big burst from Butler to solidify some offense and defense for the Bulls.

6. Down and Dirty Delivery: The Bulls are primitive in their strategic play and do not possess the same finesse as power houses like the Heat and Pacers. Sometimes they barely have much offense at all; it can get ugly. However, the Bulls find other ways to beat you. They’ll physically and emotionally wear their opponents down.

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7. Jimmer Fever: From the second Jimmer Fredette stepped foot onto a Bull’s bball court, the media and the fans went into their usual Jimmer Fever frenzy. Think Brian Scalabrine White Mamba style, but not a super old NBA veteran. Jimmer is a bench mobber who may not see heavy minutes, but can make an impact emotionally – plus he’s got a nice mid-range shot. #jimmerfeverforever

8. D.J. Augustin is the best pick-up the Bulls could have hoped for. Chicago snatched Augustin after the Raptors put him up on waivers (the NBA equivalent to being homeless on the street). The Bulls were a team who needed a backup point guard, they took Augustin under their wing and he instantly made an impact off the bench. He’s currently the Bulls’ leading scorer.

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9. Roster Updates: Ronnie “brew-ha-ha” Brewer is back on the Bulls. We were sad to see him go a few years back, but his return to the bench mob is a happy one. Brewer knows Thib’s intense defensive ways. He plays tough and can give the Bulls a pick-me-up when they need one.

10. No DRose: Derrick rose isn’t making a superhero return to whisk his team off into NBA happily ever after. Let it go, Let it go. (Yes, I went there, Frozen style)

Per usual any playoff advancing is going to take an entire Bulls team effort. Kirk, Boozer, Butler, Dunleavy and the whole gang are going to have to play their hearts out and maybe, just maybe, our Bulls may upset the entire conference. It’s time to #BULLieve.

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It’s official Bulls fans, site our men in red will kick off their 2013-2014 season on October 29th in the exact same place last season’s playoff run was snapped – American Airlines Arena against the defending Champion Miami Heat. Clear your calendars ladies, viagra it doesn’t get any better than this!

It was just over a week ago that Derrick Rose self-proclaimed he is the best player in the league and now he has the perfect opportunity to back himself up. To be the best you have to beat the best, click and right now the reigning MVP Lebron James is sitting atop his NBA throne just waiting to be challenged.

We say, bring it King James.

The season opener won’t be Rose’s official “return” as he is slated to play during the Bulls’ preseason, but all eyes will be on the point guard to see how he matches up against the defending champs. The night will also feature the Heat accepting their championship rings and hoisting their banner – maybe tune in a few minutes late.

The NBA released the full 2013-2014 season schedules on Tuesday afternoon and the Bulls will be showcased quite a bit making 33 appearances on national broadcasts.

Games to Watch this Season:

  • October 31: Bulls will host the New York Knicks in their Halloween home opener at the United Center at 7 p.m.
  • December 25th: For the fourth straight year Chicago will participate in the NBA’s Christmas Day festivities facing a very revamped Brooklyn Nets team (Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce traded east coast cities over the off season). This will be the team’s first meeting since a battered Bulls team booted a healthy Nets team from the playoffs during the postseason.
  • March 7th – 17th: This Bulls homestand is a doozy. They take on five playoff teams over a 10 day span. You’ll see the Memphis Grizzilies, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Oklahoma City Thunder. I’d recommend scoring some tickets to witness the action in person!

See full season schedule here: http://www.nba.com/bulls/schedule

Buckle up Bulls fans! It’s going to be an exciting season so make sure you’re ready for the wild ride.

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Pink's Pulse

Missed a few headlines this week? Worry not, find I’ve got my finger on the sports pulse for you. Below is my weekly round-up of what’s trending or what’s coming up in sports: perfect for sports bars, store cocktail parties, board rooms, and well, just knowing your week in sports.

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  • Stanley Cup Finals: Is there any bigger story in Chicago than the Stanley Cup Finals?  NBA Finals? Forget them. The Stanley Cup Finals have taken over the city of Chicago and will continue for the next two weeks. Of course, all of Chicago and Boston watched the first game of the Finals, and the longest game of this NHL season. What a game it was! With miraculous saves, big-time hits, and shots on end…Game 1 was a must-watch. It did take triple overtime for the Blackhawks to get the W, but it was well worth it. Make sure to get these games on your calendar. The next three games on Saturday, Monday, and Wednesday. And make sure to strut your Blackhawks gear!

  • Tebow Signs with the Patriots: The most famous backup quarterback is officially

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    playing football again in the NFL. Tim Tebow was cut from the New York Jets about a month and a half ago. Since then, we haven’t really heard much on the whereabouts of the hunky quarterback. Now, he’s been signed with the New England Patriots, where I presume he will be backing up Tom Brady. From Mark Sanchez to Tom Brady, basically complete opposites of the NFL spectrum. I thought the Jets officially, and unjustly, ruined his career. Even though I’m not a fan, it’s good to see him given a real second chance at playing football.

  • Bulls involvement with Team USA: According to an ESPN report, Chicago Bulls

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    head coach Tom Thibodeau was added to the coaching staff for Team USA. Thibs will be working under Duke’s Coach K for the next three summers. More good news about Team USA is that Bulls forward Taj Gibson got invited to work with the team and will attend minicamp July 22-25 in Las Vegas. I’m really glad that Thibs and Bulls players are finally getting national recognition for their play. They deserve it.

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  • Bears making offseason moves: The Chicago Bears are stripping away their

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    problem children starting off with OL Gabe Carimi. Carimi was the Bears first round pick two years ago, and has done nothing but disappoint since. His production was questionable coming into the season, and the Bears finally traded him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bears also released fullback Evan Rodriguez after two offseason arrests. I’m glad to see the Bears are letting go of their problems. It’s about damn time!

  • Jason Kidd’s wacky week: About a day after the Chicago Bulls beat the

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    Brooklyn Nets, Nets head coach P.J. Carlesimo was let go of his duties. Since then the Nets have been in search for a new head coach. Well, the search is over but I find the replacement a little weird. Newly retired Jason Kidd, who helped the New York Knicks in their playoff journey this season, was announced as the new Brooklyn Nets head coach Wednesday evening. Maybe it’s just me, but I find it a little bizarre that a former player is handed a NBA head coaching job without any coaching experience. I don’t find it sketchy, but I seriously question the move. I think this may come back to haunt the Nets.

  • Chad Johnson gets jail time: Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson makes the news yet again, but not in the way he wanted to. Johnson was sentenced to 30 days in jail after violating probation in a domestic violence case involving his ex-wife, Evelyn Lozada. Or, those that remember correctly, when Ochocinco headbutted his wife. Gotta love him. It’s sad that Johnson was sincerely trying to make a comeback to the NFL last season, and this probably killed his chances. These NFL players really need to learn to respect their wives.
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Facing multiple injuries, buy cialis bizarre sickness, a hostile crowd, and negative odds, the Bulls pulled it together on Saturday night and delivered a win for the storybooks closing out their first round series against the Brooklyn Nets with a 99-93 win. The Bulls now advance to the second round of the playoffs where they will face the Miami Heat on Monday.

What You Need to Know:

  • As they have been this entire series, the Bulls were shorthanded heading into Saturday night’s must-win game on the road. Kirk Hinrich was ruled out with a bruised calf and Luol Deng was still in the hospital earlier in the day being treated for a bizarre viral infection. Deng took to Twitter on Friday night to let his fans know just how sick he was and how it pained him to miss such a critical game. Derrick Rose continues to sit on the bench as resentment builds and even the national media is getting in on the criticism.
  • After leading the series 3-1, the Bulls dropped the last two games to put themselves in a ‘win or go home’ situation on Saturday night in Brooklyn. The Bulls clearly knew what was at stake as they came out early looking strong and quickly put the Nets in a 17-point hole. The Nets got it close a few times even within five in the fourth quarter but the Bulls out-hustled and out-shot the Nets thanks to strong performances from the Bulls reserves and huge games from Noah, Belinelli and Jimmy Butler.
  • The X-Factor: Joakim Noah. Playing in the city he grew up in, with his mother in the stands, Noah was at his best playing with energy, grit and attitude putting up 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Your Take Away Piece:

“The Bulls once again overcame adversity and proved that they can win big games even with half of their starters injured. This was a hard fought series that proved the strength of the Bulls bench and what they are capable of. Regardless if they get past the Heat or not, this first round series is one for Bulls fans to be proud of.”

What’s Next: 

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The banged-up Bulls only have one day to rest before heading to Miami to face the defending NBA Champions, LeBron and the Miami Heat with Game 1 on Monday night. The Heat have been resting for almost a week after sweeping the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round and will be ready to take on their Eastern Conference foes.

Watch for our series preview on Monday and get ready for some exciting playoff basketball. Anytime the Heat and the Bulls matchup, you know there is going to be fireworks.

 

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Tonight’s game is for all the cookies in the first round cookie jar. The depleted Bulls had led this first round series against the Brooklyn Nets 3-1, no rx but the Nets clung on winning Game 5 and squeaked out a three-point road win in Game 6 to force a Game 7. After an exhausting six games, the Bulls now find themselves heading back to Brooklyn to fight for their playoff life in front of the Nets hostile fans.

Even the Barclay’s center is surprised the series has gone on so long as they had scheduled a Rhianna concert for Saturday night. After negotiations, Ri-Ri will be coming back another night and the Nets get one last chance to thrill their fans against this Bulls team.

Only eight teams in NBA history have won a series after being down 3-1, but the Bulls are 0-6 in Game 7s on the road in franchise history. Either way, one team is making history and the other is making tee times for next week. Can our Bulls pull this win off despite their misfortunes?

What You Need to Know:

  • Wounded Warriors. The Bulls injury report has taken itself to new levels throughout this series. Derrick Rose has been out all season and Kirk Hinrich is rocking a walking boot due to a calf injury after Game 3. All-Star Joakim Noah is still suffering through his painful plantar fasciitis and Taj Gibson is playing with a tweaked knee. To top things off the Bulls are plagued with illness as well. Luol Deng has a serious viral infection that required a spinal tap on Wednesday, had him sent home from the UC on Thursday and had him back in the hospital on Friday. It was just announced on Saturday morning that Luol will not play tonight in Game 7. Gibson and Nate Robinson had the flu in Game 6 on Thursday. Nate-Rob had a bucket on the sideline that he used during timeouts. To say the least, the Bulls are not “top notch.”
  • On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Nets have no injured players and are healthy and ready to get themselves to round 2. You can guarantee Brooklyn’s “big three” will be on the court the majority of the game. Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson have been consistent throughout the series, always producing offensive points and staying agressive on defense. Don’t expect anything different tonight.
  • With so many injured/ill players the Bulls need to be careful of getting into foul trouble. In Game 6 they nearly ran out of players by the fourth quarter and gave Brooklyn way too many “free” baskets. Chicago needs to play smart defense and watch those hands!
  • The X-Factor: Carlos Boozer can be the game-changer for the Bulls, but the big man has to want it. Boozer is a rather large human being and he has the ability to dominate other players to get himself to the basket. Problem is, he doesn’t get aggressive very often. We need to see the Booze-Cruise from January set sail at the Barclays Center tonight.

Your Take Away Piece:

“Joakim Noah said it best, the Bulls are ‘ready to kick some *ss’ and we couldn’t agree more. Nothing would be better than the Bulls going into Brooklyn, playing their hearts out and snatching the series right from under the Nets noses in front of their fans. Every healthy player is going to need to play their best basketball to pull off a Game 7 victory.”

What’s Next:

The Bulls need a combination of heart, hustle, muscle, slick defense, and a big serving of luck to take this first round series. If the NBA playoffs have taught us anything, it’s that anything can happen. Be sure to tune in at 7 PM on TNT and send your good vibes through the broadcast airwaves to our Bulls in Brooklyn.

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