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

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.