NBA All Star

NBA Christmas is almost upon us, viagra and that means the return of All Star fan voting. The NBA is one of, if not the most digitally savvy professional sports league, and this year is no different than those in the past with new digital and social avenues to vote to see your favorite players in Toronto in February. This year, for the first time, you can vote simply through google search. Just google “NBA VOTE ALL STAR” or “NBA VOTE TEAM NAME” to cast your votes. For example, you’d type in NBA VOTE 76ERS and check the photo of Nik Stauskas to see the Canadian guard on the court at tip off in the All Star Game.

That wasn’t serious. Please don’t do that.

In addition to Google search voting, you can also vote on NBA.com/vote, the NBA App, by posting with a players first and last name along with #NBAVOTE on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, or by taking it real old school and texting a player’s last name to 69622 (MYNBA). All current NBA players are eligible, but the voting ends January 18th at 11:59pm ET. The starters will be announced January 21st on TNT.

Fans can vote for 10 unique players every day and on each voting platform, so with a very large voting pool, the most deserving players will likely end up with the start, and if they don’t, they’ll be selected by the head coaches in their conference as All Star reserves.

I’ll definitely be casting a few ballots. An all Bulls, all Wolverines, all Chicago area, etc. But for my first votes, I was inspired by the years that Yao Ming led All Star voting because of his passionate fans in China, so I decided to cast my first ballot via google search for players that I’m passionate about after a quarter of the season:

  1. Jahlil Okafor – For being not the first or last 7 ft tall NBA player who will attempt to use a fake ID 7 months removed from hoisting a trophy amid mass national attention.
  2. Lance Stephenson – For having a brother named Lantz and all of the rap videos.
  3. Jamal Crawford – For general perfection at any age.
  4. Russell Westbrook – For buying the Lord’s house.
  5. Kobe Bryant – For not being able to or caring to try to name the Pistons player who wanted to shake his hand.
  6. DeMarcus Cousins – For notching at least one expletive-laden rant before the quarter mark of the season.
  7. Zach Lavine – Because I heard him on a podcast once, and he seemed cool.
  8. Draymond Green – For starting a Twitter fight with a beat reporter, probably for good reason.
  9. Kristaps Porzingis – Because this photo.
  10. Joakim Noah – Because he’s a top 3 NBA human. Juliet Litman said it, therefore, it’s bible.

Happy All Star voting everyone!

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This past weekend New Orleans was a fabulous melting pot of hoops and HOT fashion as NBA players, cialis celebrities and public figures alike came together to partake in various Big Easy festivities surrounding the annual All-Star Weekend.

There was so much fashion throughout the weekend that I’ve dedicated the entire Courtside Chic to highlighting some of the best – and worst – looks of the weekend. Let’s get to it.
Sprite All-Star Celebrity Game 

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The festive weekend kicked off on Friday, drugstore February 13th on TNT with the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, prostate  where comedian Kevin Hart was voted  the MVP for the third consecutive year. He insisted, however, that Arne Duncan take the award because of his impressive double-double performance. The former Chicago Public School CEO definitely schooled everyone on the court with his 20 points, 11 assists and 6 rebounds.

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K. Hart was also spotted with Drake, sporting a Yves Saint Laurent top under a black leather jacket. The platinum selling rapper and Toronto Raptors brand ambassador opted for a laid-back look, wearing a Toronto Raptors T-Shirt and a snap-back hat.

Damian Lillard’s Hot Three Piece Suit

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Damian Lillard is on fire! Sure, he became the first player to ever compete in five events. I understand that this is a big deal, but that fabulous suit is an even bigger deal! The 2013 Rookie of the Year was seen sporting a ALBA Legacy custom three-piece suit that looked like it was tailored by the gods themselves.The only thing that I love ore than an athlete in a suit…is an athlete in a custom suit.

Lillard competed in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker 3-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday and the All-Star Game on Sunday.

Chris Bosh’s Clean-Cut Ensemble, Giant Birkin Bag

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At the Sear’s Shooting Stars event on Saturday, Team Bosh beat Team Durant and won the event at NBA All-Star Weekend for the second consecutive year. Chris Bosh, along with NBA great Dominique Wilkins and WNBA star Swin Cash finished with a time of 31.4 seconds in the finals,while Team Durant finished with a lagging 43.6 seconds.

The Sears Shooting Stars champ was seen sporting camo pants and a navy blue jacket with a perfectly pressed white button-up shirt. How much do you want to bet that Mario Chalmers is hiding in that giant Birkin bag?

Paul George’s Zorro Inspired Outfit

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I was just waiting for Paul George to pull out a sword and use it to formulate the letter ‘Z’. The Pacers guard’s Zorro inspired ensemble was from Phenom 247 Clothing.

Anthony Davis’ Suit and Kicks

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Anthony Davis was selected as a replacement for Kobe Bryant this weekend. I must say, he is really starting to step up from his ‘jeans and hoodie’ getup. The New Orleans forward/center styled a tan suit with ‘Olive’ Air Jordan 9 sneakers. By the way…stop making fun of his eye brows. They’re here to stay.

Kevin Durant in Phenom247

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Now…you know that I cannot talk about NBA fashion without mentioning Kevin Durant. KD executes effortless style, even in fabulous suits. Here, he rocks two custom Phenom247 suits.

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Lebron’s GQ Bash

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Guess who is gracing the cover of March’s issue of GQ? It is none other than LeBron James. What better time to celebrate than All Star Weekend? Athletes and celebrities brought their impeccable style to the celebration. Is it me…or does everything seem to be coming up ‘LeBron?’

Even President Obama spoke wonders about James during a TNT interview with Charles Barkley.

“You know LeBron, I know LeBron,” Obama said. “When you’re standing next to him and then watch him close up, I’ve never seen someone that size, that fast, who can jump that high, who’s that strong…Mike [Jordan] will always be the guy for me just because that was a magical moment for the city and he was a champion. But now that he’s retired, LeBron…might be able to play at a high level for another seven, eight, 10 years…”  (SB Nation)

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Don’t LeBron and Savannah James look like they belong on top of a wedding cake? LeBron rocked a unique turquoise, paisley jacket with black lapels and Savannah looks beautiful and chic in a flower-patterned lace top with long, flowing, black gown.

By the way…is that a baby bump that I’m seeing? When the James’ make their baby announcement…remember you heard it here first!

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I still need to think of a cute combo-name for Dwyane and Gabby. Anyway, the recently engaged couple looked Fab in black with Gabby in an embellished black dress and Dwyane in a three-piece suit.

 Pharrell’s All Star Sunday Pregame Performance

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Ladies and gentlemen…Pharrell’s Hat! Oh, and Pharrell was there too. The hat and the hit-maker gave a wave-making, pre-game performance along with Snoop, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs and Busta Rhymes.

Kyrie Irving named All-Star MVP 

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After a close fourth quarter, the East ultimately dominated in a 163-155 win. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving was named All-Star MVP. The point guard scored 31 points and 14 assists. He did it all in his green Nike All-Star kicks!

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Well, I had a fabulous time watching the All-Star events. I’m kind of bummed that it’s over. Nonetheless, I will be back next week to keep you fabulously posted with more NBA Style. Until then, Divas!

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The big show has finally arrived! As the league prepares for a nice break over the next four days everyone who’s anyone within the NBA community is heading to Houston tonight for the 2013 NBA All Star weekend festivities.

The annual weekend that signals the midpoint of the season kicks things off with the Celebrity game and Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Saturday is a full on throw-down with the Shooting Stars, salve Skills Challenge, case Three-Point contest, and and the popular Slam Dunk contest. After all the pre-game contests, the actual All Star Game is Sunday night at 7PM CT where the league’s most talented players come together to represent the East and the West.

Even if you are not a regular viewer of the NBA, the All Star Weekend is definitely worth tuning into, if anything for the Saturday night contests that bring out the best skills among the most elite players in the league. Below are some of the highlights of the much anticipated festivities going down in Houston this weekend. All schedules courtesy of NBA.com 

Friday, February 15th 

Celebrity Game

When: 7 PM ET
Watch: ESPN

Two worlds collide. The celebrity game lets some of the biggest names of the entertainment industry mix it up with athletes past and present. NBA All-Stars James Harden of the host Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder are set to coach this match-up.

Kevin Hart, the reigning 2012 Celebrity Game MVP and Hollywood funny-guy, is ready to defend his title. He’ll share the court with artists, actors, TV personalities like: Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Common, Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games), Nick Cannon and NBA legends Dikembe Mutombo and Clyde Drexler. Find the full roster here.  You’re guaranteed some serious laughs when all these celebs hit the court.

Rising Stars Challenge

ricky_rubio_600aWhen: 9 PM ET
Watch: TNT

The young guns of the NBA get a chance to strut their stuff for coaches Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkely. Both teams are made up of 10-man rosters filled with rookies and sophomores chosen by assistant NBA coaches. #teamshaq seems a bit stacked with Harrison Barnes (Golden State), Damian Lillard (Portland) and Chandler Parsons (Houston). #teamchuck has his own studs with Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets) and Ricky Rubio (Minnesota). Find the full roster here.

Saturday, February 16th 

NBA All-Star Saturday Night

When: 8:30 PM ET
Watch: TNT

Saturday’s festivities include 4 events:

  • Shooting Stars: Teams are made up of one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and one NBA legend. There are six spots to shoot from (each more difficult than the last) and each team tries to make all the shots in the fastest time.
  • Skills Challenge: includes players competing in a two round timed “obstacle course” consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. Reigning champ Tony Parker will take on two other players from the West and three players from the East.
  • Three-Point Contest: The best sharpshooters from both the Eastern and Western conferences will try and make as many baskets from the five shooting stations set up around the three-point line. The red, white, and blue balls (called Money-balls!) will be worth 2 points while the standard game balls will be worth one point each.
  • Slam Dunk Contest: May the best dunk win! Three players from the East and three from the West will attempt to out-dunk one another. The most memorable dunk in recent years was Blake Griffin’s dunk over a car in 2011.

Sunday, February 17th

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Pregame Concert
When: 7 PM ET
Watch: TNT

62nd All-Star Game
When: 8 PM ET
Watch: TNT

After a whole weekend of basketball goodness, it’s time for the main event! The evening starts with a pre-game concert by B.o.B, Ludacris, and headlined by Ke$ha. After the musical festivities the NBA’s best players from the East and West will take the court to honor the game of basketball. Miami’s Erik Spoelstra will coach the East and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich will man the West. If that’s not enough, Alicia Keys is set to perform during the halftime show.

Here are your 2013 All-Stars:

Eastern Conference All-Stars

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks

Luol Deng, Chicago Bulls

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James, Miami Heat

Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics

Brook Lopez, Brooklyn Nets

Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

 

Western Conference All-Stars

LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Dwight Howard, Los Angeles Lakers

David Lee, Golden State Warriors

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

 

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