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Kaelen Felix Illustrated a Basketball Article for 360 MAGAZINE

Lakers Win 2020 NBA Finals

By Justin Lyons

The Los Angeles Lakers topped the Miami Heat Sunday night by a score of 106 to 93 to win the 2020 NBA Finals.

LeBron James recorded a triple-double, dropping 28 points with 14 rebounds and ten assists, en route to his fourth career NBA title. It is his first with the Lakers, who are now tied with the Boston Celtics for the most championships as a franchise with 17 wins.

Though ratings for NBA Finals games were lower than in previous years, this brings closure to a successfully executed bubble from Commissioner Adam Silver. With players spending months quarantined in Orlando and no fans in attendance, the NBA was still able to complete its season despite a pandemic and a boycott for social justice.

James was awarded the The Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award for the fourth time in his career, but basketball’s king had some help from his royal attendants. Anthony Davis scored 19 points and had 15 rebounds while the 34-year-old Rajon Rondo had arguably his best game in the bubble making eight of his 11 shots and scoring 19 points.

This obviously strengthens James’ argument as the greatest basketball player in history. Michael Jordan won six NBA titles and six NBA Finals MVP Awards, but with James on the books for two more years with the Lakers and Davis for another year and potentially more, the Lakers will look to compete in and lengthen the “LeBron James era.”

While accepting the Finals MVP Award, James said, “We just want our respect. Rob wants his respect. Coach Vogel wants his respect. Our organization wants their respect. Laker Nation wants their respect. And I want my damn respect, too.”

Well, if the perspective of fans and journalists means anything to James, it seems as though levels of respect towards him rose last night.

James hugged Davis while holding the MVP trophy and thanked Davis in his speech.

James called working with Davis “easy,” saying, “We want the best from each other every single day, both on and off the floor. To be able to put him where he is today, that means so much to me, and the fact that he trusts me means even more.”

Finally, he spoke about the NBA’s impact on social change while in the bubble.

“You hear Golden State always use the phrase ‘strength in numbers,’ and that’s exactly what it was. As the NBA, the NBPA, all of our players, everybody had a voice on what’s going on in America. We know we all want to see better days, and when we leave here we know we’ve got to continue to push that,” James said.

The loss in the finals comes in heart-breaking fashion for the Miami Heat, as three of their stars played most of the series at less than full health. Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo all faced injuries at some point in the Finals.

There are positives for the Heat, as Butler cemented himself as a player teams vying for a championship will want. Luckily for the Heat, Butler has three more years left in his deal with Miami.

20-year-old rookie Tyler Herro also garnered national attention with his offensive ability. He put an exclamation point on his playoff performance with 37 points in the fourth game of the Eastern Conference Finals.

There is no official opening date scheduled for the next basketball season, but Adam Silver said it is likely to begin in 2021.

Rita Azar illustrates NBA basketball story for 360 MAGAZINE.

NBA Protests

by Justin Lyons

The clock struck 4:05 p.m. on Aug 26 in Orlando, and neither the Magic nor the Bucks were on the court for the tip-off of the fifth game of their playoff series.

Playing their home games just 40 miles from Kenosha, Wisconsin, it’s safe to say that the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police literally hit close to home for the Bucks players.

The Orlando Magic originally took the court for their game, but they decided to leave when it appeared the Bucks weren’t coming. That court was now empty aside from the NBA logos, the regulation markings and “Black Lives Matter” in bold text across the side closest to the scorer’s table.

Then, the tweet from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski came at 4:13 p.m. Orlando time saying that the Bucks officially decided to boycott the fifth game of the series.

News broke later that the Rockets, Thunder, Trail Blazers and Lakers all decided to boycott their games, as well, in a show of unity.

It was the spark that started the fire, as basketball wouldn’t be played again until Aug. 29.

Bucks guard George Hill was one of the most outspoken players on the team regarding the shooting of Jacob Blake, making it very clear that he couldn’t continue to play basketball to distract from the reality of what’s happening in the United States.

The Brewers, the Milwaukee baseball team that plays its home games just a short drive from where the Bucks play, also decided to cancel their Aug. 26 game against the Reds.

Brewers star Christian Yelich said it was a unanimous decision from the team to not play.

“I think the Bucks spearheaded it for us,” Yelich said. “They started the discussion. It gave us a conversation to have. It was eye-opening for us, and we felt like it was the right thing to do.”

The NHL also joined in the protests, postponing games Aug. 27 and Aug. 28.

Later on the night of Aug. 26, Shams Charania reported via Twitter that the Lakers and Clippers, both of which are still contenders for the title, voted to boycott the rest of the season. LeBron James reportedly led the movement to cancel the season, which is no surprise given his history of fighting for social justice.

Giannis Antetokounmpo said the Bucks were able to get in contact with Blake’s father very quickly. Blake’s father was moved to tears by the gesture.

According to an article from ESPN, Antetokounmpo said, “Obviously, it’s gonna be games that you come in and score 30, 35, 50 or whatever the case might be, but that you’re going to remember. The way we felt, we’re going to remember the way we felt for the rest of our lives.”

The Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs Tuesday, which begs the question of how they will respond. Hill expressed disappointment that he had to be in the Orlando bubble instead of fighting for justice, so it should be interesting to see where the Bucks go from here.

Eyes are also shifting to the NFL, which starts Thursday. The entire nation will have its eyes on protests and social justice initiatives from a league that has been just as outspoken as the NBA.

Justin Rarri – “2 Seater”

17-YEAR-OLD DOMINICAN RAPPER JUSTIN RARRI RELEASES HIS LONG-AWAITED BANGER “2 SEATER”  TODAY

WATCH HIM STAR IN THE VIDEO HERE

“The Bronx has birthed another teen rap star.” – XXL

Earlier this year young rising artist, Justin Rarri began to tease new music by sharing snippets with his fans on Instagram. After sharing “2 Seater” they instantly demanded the full version. Today marks the day he releases the track in its entirety – a summer banger which features a sample of the legendary bachata artist, Luis Vargas’ song “Loco de Amor.” Along with the straight-talking song the Bronx native unveils a complementary video directed by Sam Brave.The visual, shot in Miami offers an inside look into the up-and-comers world, flaunting his braggadocious energy by taking charge of a spellbinding situation.

WATCH “2 SEATER” BY JUSTIN RARRI HERE

ABOUT JUSTIN RARRI:

The Bronx born-and-raised sensation spent late last year building momentum releasing his debut mixtape 4EVARARRi. The project featured his hit track “W2LEEZY”, which amassed nearly 10 million views on YouTube as well as garnered recognition from the Los Angeles Lakers and the NFL. The nine song EP also features “TREESHA” (two million views on YouTube) and “D3MONS,” which Complex called “one of the project’s biggest highlights.” This year the rapper shared new tracks such as “STRONG (ft. Lil Poppa),” which has amassed nearly 2 million views, “RICCHEZZA” which has led Hot New Hip Hop to recognize him as “a star on the rise,” and most recently “In The Beginning,” a track about fake love.

He was also recently recognized by XXL who highlighted him as one of their favorite young rappers which led him to participate in pitching for a spot on their legendary 2020 XXL Freshman Class cover. Inspired by artist like Young Thug, Future and A$AP Rocky as well as his New York City upbringing Justin Rarri will continue to fuse his melodic flow with hard-hitting beats as he continues to release music this year.

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NEW ERA CAP × BORNXRAISED

CELEBRATE START OF THE NBA SEASON WITH NEW LOS ANGELES LAKERS COLLABORATION

The New Era x BornxRaised Los Angeles Lakers Collection Will Be Available On October 25th at 12 p.m. (PST)

Today, international sports and lifestyle brand, New Era Cap Co., Inc. announces the New Era x BornxRaised Los Angeles Lakers Collection. This new collection marks the first time New Era and BornxRaised have ever teamed up to introduce BornxRaised Los Angeles Lakers apparel and features the re-release of the popular New Era x BornxRaised Los Angeles Lakers cap. The collection will retail for $60-$180 USD and will be available at 12 p.m. (PST) on October 25th at bornxraised.comneweracap.com, the New Era Store at L.A. Live and the TEAM LA store.

The New Era x BornxRaised Los Angeles Lakers Collection features an iconic 59FIFTY® fitted and a 9FIFTY® snapback in black with a Lakers’ gold BornxRaised stitched logo and the Los Angeles Lakers logo embroidered on the cap. The apparel collection includes a tees, available in black or white and a hoodie, available in yellow or black, with iconic Lakers graphics and the BornxRaised logo.

ABOUT BORNxRAISED:

BornxRaised is a brand built on cultures of communities. Pronounced, “Born and Raised,” the brand is known for its authentic representation of the Los Angeles narrative. Spanto and 2tone, (the founders and owners), are both native Angelenos from Venice who partnered over a shared sense of pride for their hometown and a regard for the culture of their city. They work from a perspective outside the establishment, and their goal is to preserve the dying subcultures they that fostered them. BornxRaised launched in 2013 with distribution via its website bornxraised.com and select boutiques worldwide including Union in Los Angeles, Selfridges in London, Supply in Australia, Nubian in Japan, and KITH.

ABOUT NEW ERA CAP:

New Era Cap Co., Inc. is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 99 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era Cap is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collections, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era Cap encourages people to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, NY and is marketed and distributed in over 125 countries through its affiliate offices in London, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Cologne, Shanghai, Barcelona, Seoul, Melbourne, Toronto, and Bologna. For more information, visit www.neweracap.com.

adidas Originals

ADIDAS ORIGINALS CELEBRATES BASKETBALL HERITAGE AND NEW YORK CITY WITH RIVALRY

adidas Originals reinvigorates an iconic silhouette that pays homage to an era of basketball legends

• Rivalry comes back in its iconic colors, influenced by the passion of New York basketball fans

• The style is honored with a pop-up exhibition curated by Eric Emanuel, featuring works by New York City creatives Brock Fetch, Tyrrell Winston, and New York Sunshine. In attendance at the exhibition launch were a roster of New York athletes: Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks), Allonzo Trier (New York Knicks), Allen Crabb (Brooklyn Nets), Charone Peake (New York Jets) and Cody Latimer (New York Giants)

Following a long-standing lineage of basketball silhouettes over the past several decades, adidas Originals continues to honor the sport’s heritage with the special re-issue of Rivalry in New York City last night. Revitalizing a peak era of New York basketball, which spearheaded a communal spirit of fierce pride, the cult classic is for lovers of basketball style on and off the courts. Returning in all its glory, adidas Originals teamed up with notable sportswear designer Eric Emanuel to debut the latest Rivalry model, inspired by New York’s undying passion and love for sports.

The shoe was celebrated through a pop-up gallery exhibition curated by Emanuel, showcasing the indisputable influence of basketball style into the realms of fashion, art, photography and more. The blank space was transformed into an interactive gallery covered in gritty, city-inspired installations that bought the shoe to life through the works of photographer Brock Fetch, mixed media artist, Tyrrell Winston and creative collective, NY Sunshine.

In true Big Apple style, Rivalry wheat paste posters drenched the exhibition entrance, surrounded by a canopy of scaffolding and sneakers hung from wires. Guests then walked through an exclusive showcase of collaborator works that included photography, installations, and a product showcase. On view was the latest iteration of the Rivalry Hi-Top, accompanied by both an archival silhouette from 1986 and a preview of what’s to come from the three stripes brand and Emanuel later in the year.

Staying true and honoring its predecessors, the latest Rivalry iteration will feature premium leathers that nod to the famous “Team Series” from the late 80s. The model stands out in a bold blue and orange colorway with adidas branding emblazoned on the tongue.

Today, adidas Originals will open the gallery up to the men’s and women’s basketball team from local New York school, High School of Fashion Industries, as well as the general public from 12:00 pm through until 5:00 pm. The surrounding streets of the exhibit will also play host to adidas street scalpers handing out admission tickets to the pop-up where guests have the chance to grab a limited edition Rivalry-inspired t-shirt designed by Eric Emanuel.

The Rivalry High OG will be available at select adidas retailers on Friday, February 8th and will retail for $110 USD.

The Rivalry Gallery is located at 158 Mercer Street, New York Street, NY.

NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND × LOS ANGELES

The 2018 #NBA #AllStar Weekend will be in #LosAngeles, February 15th-19th. The world will be in Los Angeles and the world will be watching. Let’s show the world we can have a great time while still exuding compassion for humanity. There will be a series of Celebrity Charity Lifestyle Events. The purpose and objective of this All-Star Weekend Celebrity Charity Lifestyle Events are to bring awareness to homelessness in Los Angeles as we are asking every attending guest to bring a blanket, a coat/jacket, socks and hygiene products. The items will be donated to help assist one to four organizations that provide assistance to the homeless community.

Los Angeles is America’s homelessness capital. About 58,000 people in Los Angeles County experience homelessness on any given night. L.A. County is known for glamour and glitz, but if you look past the bright lights, you’ll see what angels see — men, women, and children of all ages that have lost their homes — and their hope….http://urm.org.

These Celebrity Charity Lifestyle Events will be during the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend here in Los Angeles, February, 15th-19th. The main-event will be on Thursday, February 15th at the Crocker Club 453 S. Spring Street/DTLA, 5P-8P: Happy Hour, 8P-10P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals and 8P-2A #PartyingForAPurpose. These events will bring awareness to the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles…

WELCOME TO LA Celebrity Charity Party, Thursday, February 15th, 5p

Get you early bird tickets NOW!!!:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/welcome-to-la-celebrity-charit…

The series of Celebrity Charity Lifestyle “Partying For A Purpose” events, dates and venues:

REP YO CITY Celebrity Charity Day Party, Friday 16th

4P-6P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals (The Parlor Hollywood 7250 Melrose Ave.)

http://repyocity2018.eventbrite.com

Rush Street All-Star Saturday Night Celebrity Charity Party, February 17th

4P-530P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals

http://rushstreetallstarsaturdaynight.eventbrite.com

Cubans, Cocktails, Celebrities and Chicas Rooftop Party, February 17th

4P-530P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals

http://prettywomensmoke.eventbrite.com

Rush Street Celebrity Day Brunch Party, 1P/All-Star Game Watch Party, 5P Sunday, February 18th

1P-3P & 4P-530P Red Carpet/Celebrity Arrivals

http://allstarrushstreet.eventbrite.com

Monday, February 19th

1P-5P Celebrities/volunteers/brand reps participation will meet at Culver City Plaza 9400 Washington Blvd. to drop off collected goods to one-four chosen non-profit organizations who provide goods and services to benefit the homeless.

Our Gratitude for Your Support.