Author: Brett Pollakoff


Jordan Brand unveils retro lineup for Spring 2016 release (PHOTOS)


Jordan Brand is able to essentially print money with its continuous releases of retro edition sneakers, with every season’s lineup hotly anticipated by both collectors and casual fans alike.

We’ve already seen what the company has in store for later this year, and the iconic brand has recently unveiled what’s on deck for a Spring 2016 release.

The theme is three legacy collections this time around, all of which are meant to pay homage to some of Michael Jordan’s personal moments of greatness.

The Poster Collection

The Air Jordan II pays tribute to the “Wing It” ad campaign that coincided with the shoe’s original release in 1986, while the Air Jordan XII is inspired by Jordan’s “The Master” poster.





The Alternate Collection

Inspired by on-court colorways that were previously player exclusives, this group features the Air Jordan II, Air Jordan IV and Air Jordan V Low all bathed in Bulls-based colors.



The Dunk From Above Collection

This one’s all about Michael Jordan’s ability to fly. The Air Jordan 1 Nouveau was the first to feature the wings logo, the Air Jordan IV introduced the word “Flight” onto a shoe (and into the brand’s lexicon), and the Jordan V Low takes design inspiration from a World War II fighter plane.


Check out the slideshow below to view plenty of additional, detailed photos.

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely going to need a pair of those IVs.


Jordan Brand unveils All-Star shoes for Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook

Inside Jordan Brand’s Pearl Pavilion NBA All-Star experience

Reviewing the Air Jordan XX9, after testing the shoes at Michael Jordan’s house

Chris Paul hoops with media at launch of his Jordan Brand CP3.VIII

Report: Sixers won’t let Towns, Okafor or Russell fall to Knicks in NBA Draft

Sam Hinkie

The majority of mock drafts (including ours) are in agreement in projecting the top three picks.

The order in which these players are selected may not be set, but the expectation is that Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell will be the first three players taken (in some order) by the Timberwolves, Lakers and Sixers.

It has been speculated that scenarios may unfold which would allow one of these players to fall to the Knicks, who are sitting behind Philadelphia with the fourth overall selection. It would have to involve Russell sliding into one of those top two slots, and the Sixers then theoretically passing on Towns or Okafor due to already being loaded with frontcourt talent.

The latest report, however, says that even if the top three picks don’t go down as expected, the Sixers are locked in to taking one of those three players.

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

According to a league source, the Sixers, who pick third, still have a firm Big 3 of Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell and Okafor and won’t let any of the trio slip to Phil Jackson. Despite their young, marquee depth up front, the Sixers would take Okafor even if it’s to collect an asset to trade later.

Speculation that Russell is trying to avoid being picked by the moribund Sixers escalated when he canceled workouts with them this weekend. There also were rumblings that perhaps the Lakers, after working Russell out, had given the Ohio State combo guard a guarantee at No. 2. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported he was just “real sick’’ and a Sixers workout could be rescheduled. Russell has told reporters he also has agreed to work out for the Knicks.

There are, of course, other ways that the Knicks could land one of these three players.

Kristaps Porzingis is beginning to be a name mentioned as possibly going top-three now, and Emmanuel Mudiay is at least a threat to potentially rise into that group, as well.

But if things go as planned, New York will have to turn its attention somewhere else.

LeBron’s personal barber: ‘It’s all his hair’

LeBron James

Let’s start here: I don’t care one bit about the hairline of LeBron James.

But for whatever reason, it has been a hotly-debated topic among fans for several seasons.

There have been dissections of the sizes and angles of the headbands that James has worn over the years, and side-by-side photo comparisons made (like the one below from Sporting News) to try to prove that work has been done.

But in a feature story from Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the personal barber for LeBron swears what we’re seeing is all natural.

Barber Nick Castemanos has grown tired of getting asked over and over again about the hairline of his most famous client, LeBron James.

“There is no dye. No additives. No preservatives,” Castemanos told Yahoo Sports in a phone interview Thursday. “Everyone thinks he’s dying his hair using [temporary hair colorings] Bigen or Black Ice. It’s all his hair. They still don’t believe me. I get Bigen comments all the time.

“I’ve become numb to it. It used to bother me. It’s not easy to hear that.”

Bigen is the stuff that, when used in excess, can make you look ridiculous — just ask Carlos Boozer about that. But evidently, when used properly, it could be responsible for fixing a hairline’s problems.

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. of The Root:

In a layman’s hands, Bigen is nothing more than semipermanent hair dye. But in the hands of a master barber, Bigen becomes a fountain of inky youth applied in such a way that a razor-sharp hairline can be shaped and manipulated, or tufts of hair sprouted on the face look like a full mass of beard. Hairlines are sculpted tightly back into their starting blocks; beards become so sharply angled that pro skiers would be wary of those slopes.

It appears as though something has happened to make LeBron’s hairline snap back into shape. If it was a transplant procedure of some kind, then technically, the hair we’re now seeing on his head would indeed be “all his.”

As I mentioned at the top, I couldn’t care less about this. But for those who continue to be obsessed, you can check out the photo below and decide for yourself.