NBA All-Star 2016 Toronto Logos

Today, the NBA revealed its NBA All-Star 2016 Toronto Logos as they’ll bring the annual midseason 3-day events to Canada next February.

The hip hop connection is clearly through Drake’s ambassador affiliation with the Raptors and it’s cool to see his OVO gold keep popping up in Toronto basketball. Most recently in the clothing release with Mitchell & Ness and now in these logos here. Diggin’ the style as well as these secondary logos too below.

There’s a lot of time between now and then, but I can already envision a Views From the 6 medley to introduce the All-Stars come February, 2016.

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NBA All-Star 2015 Jerseys

Retro is the theme for the NBA All Star 2015 Jerseys as adidas unveiled what the season’s best players will wear in February at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

I love nods to a rich history and that’s evident in all of the gear above. I’m vibing with the simple and clean look… and more importantly… no sleeves! I’m sure the NBA took note of when Kevin Hart destroyed the sleeved all-star jerseys last year.

My personal highlights are the 5 stars along the side, representing the New York City boroughs, the East and West basketball patches on the shorts, and the jacket, shirt, and pants are all on point. I think adidas may have missed though by not at least donning “East” and “West” on the front, below the numbers a la the 70s Knicks jerseys. That would work here, IMO.

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Oddly enough too, we don’t get a look at the back of these all-star jerseys but I’m sure it’ll say the name on there somewhere since the NBA has to sell some threads (maybe below the numbers!) I personally can’t wait to cop my Jimmy Butler All Star jersey and match the home white with a Cubbie blue hat.

UPDATE: Now we do get a look at the backs of the jerseys… apparently both the first and the last names of the player will appear above and below the number respectively. OK, that’s a little different. That’ll look great for guys like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

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Also, the details on the patterns for the 5 boroughs:

Queens: pattern inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough’s iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park

Staten Island: a wave pattern to signify its surrounding waters

Manhattan: a taxi-cab checkered pattern represents the pace and energy of the world’s most cosmopolitan city

The Bronx: a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City

Brooklyn: a brick pattern inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighborhoods of the city’s most populous borough

NBA All-Star Game Highlights

All-Star Weekend concluded last night with the main event: the NBA All-Star Game that saw an Eastern Conference 18 point comeback for a 163-155 victory. The East had a variety of contributors from LeBron of course, to Carmelo‘s record-setting 8 3-pointers, to Joakim Noah‘s clap-at-the-other-guy, intense defense (sweet that he played the 4th), and none better than the game’s MVP of Kyrie Irving who had 31 points and 14 assists (24 points in the 2nd half) and robbed Pharrell’s Red Hat of the honors along the way.

You know we had to hit you with some recap videos. Above is the game recap ICYMI. Below, a Phantom Cam rundown of Kyrie’s best plays (the scoop on Anthony Davis and clowning of Dwight Howard being my favorite), an all-star weekend top 10 rundown (Arne Duncan‘s pass and Steph‘s split the D also being a favorite there), and finally, why Benny The Bull is the all-star of mascots.

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Oh… and one more…

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Kendrick Lamar @ All-Star Saturday Night

Kendrick Lamar got the bright lights and center stage prior to last night’s main event of the Slam Dunk Contest. He donned all black, oh, except for the Red Octobers, for a duel performance of “m.a.a.d. City” & “Chick Don’t Kill My Vibe”. The pulsating beat of the former translates so well live (as we saw during the Yeezus Tour) and the added lights display last night further enhance it more. My knock was just that it was hard to follow the raps with complete clarity. I was watching it live with the homies last night and that was the general consensus. No doubt that clarity gets more pristine as K. Dot’s career continues. Watch the performance above ICYMI!

NBA Dunk Contest field announced

I’m really excited for the field for this year’s Dunk Contest. Sources reveal to ESPN that we’ll be seeing…

Paul George

John Wall

Damian Lillard

Harrison Barnes

Ben McLemore

and defending champ, Terrence Ross

Isn’t it refreshing that we not only have one all-star in the dunk contest, but we have three?!

And how is Paul George going to top his Reverse 360 Windmill? Will Terrence Ross call Kenneth Faried? There’s no weak link here, but George and Ross have to be the favorites, yeah? I see Paul George winning the dunk contest, and together with Wall and Lillard bringing it back to the all-stars to compete as well, which is of most importance right?

Here’s my favorite dunk from each contestant:

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John Wall

Damian Lillard

Harrison Barnes

Ben McLemore

Terrence Ross