Players grade All-Star fashion

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In the NBA, it’s important to look good. Few professional athletes have their fashion choices as closely scrutinized as NBA players, and that was true even before David Stern’s dress code. From MJ and Kobe’s sharp post-game suits to Shaq’s ridiculous golf getups to AI’s baseball caps, how an NBA player dresses can become an important part of their image. 

Shawn Marion, Erick Dampier, and former Maverick Jerry Stackhouse won’t be participating in All-Star weekend as players, but they were more than willing to play fashion critic to the other All-Stars. In a talk with Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News, the trio spoke their minds about the clothing choices of the league’s elite. Highlights include Stackhouse calling Deron Williams’ look “A little Euro,” and later referring to former teammate Dirk Nowitzki as “a master of the collared shirt.” 
Last year, Dwyane Wade stole the show, fashion-wise, with his bow tie, glasses, and decorated band-aid during the rookie/sophomore game. It’ll be interesting to see if any of the All-Stars pushes the sartorial envelope in a similar manner this year. Personally, my favorite All-Star weekend getup will always be Damon Jones’ infamous coat

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.