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Sportsbooks favor LeBron and the Lakers to go back-to-back

The Los Angeles Lakers ended their decade-long wait for a 17th NBA Championship in October and with LeBron James and Anthony Davis set for another year in LA, they are favorites with the bookmakers to win another title in 2021.

Frank Vogel’s team is priced at +350 to surpass the record of 17 chips which they share with the Boston Celtics. The Celtics fell to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals this year, but could certainly go one better next time around.

Boston is +1400 with Bet365 to win their 18th championship which, considering there are some +800 numbers out there, might be considered very generous odds.

But as far as the biggest challenger to the Lakers is concerned, they can look a bit closer to home at the Los Angeles Clippers. It remains to be seen what happens to their roster with Ty Lue taking over the reins as coach, but Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are expected to stay put.

The Clippers, who at various points during last season were favorites for the title, are +550 to make up for what was ultimately a disappointing 2019-20 campaign.

Fans of the Milwaukee Bucks were also underwhelmed with how things panned out despite another MVP season for Giannis Antetokounmpo. A 4-1 series defeat by Miami in the Conference Semifinals was not in the script, and with one year left on the Greek Freak’s contract, the Bucks are a best price of +650 to triumph 50 years on from their one and only championship win.

Injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, coupled with the departure of Kevin Durant, meant that the Golden State Warriors took a year off from title contention but they are +800 to come back firing next season with what would be their fourth chip under coach Steve Kerr.

Golden State has the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and whether they grab a highly-rated rookie or trade it away in a win-now move, they are a force to be reckoned with in 2020-21.

Another team many anticipate great things from is the Brooklyn Nets, who the sportsbooks seem to be having a tough time pricing up. Some betting sites have them at +600, but others have gone as big as +1200 which is surely too big for a roster that boasts two former NBA All-Star Game MVPs in the shape of Durant and Kyrie Irving.

The Nets were swept by the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs last time out, but the plan was always for 2020-21 to be the year in which they make a proper run at it.

Not many predicted that Miami would make it all the way to the finals and come close to denying their former star, James, but a heroic team effort led by Jimmy Butler saw them completely surpass expectations. Repeating that is a tall order, but +1600 is a more than fair price.

At +2000 is the Toronto Raptors, while the Denver Nuggets can be snapped up at +2500 and the Dallas Mavericks are +2800 if you shop around. Each of those teams has plenty of potential and star power – it’s just a case of putting it all together.

It’s surprising to see the Houston Rockets as big as +3000, and likewise the Philadelphia 76ers at +4000, but in such a competitive league, they are perhaps a bit off the pace.

The campaign will begin in late December at the earliest, and the regular season may be shortened so that the normal October-June timeframe can be in-play for 2021-22.

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.

Jose Mourinho,360 MAGAZINE

Jose Mourinho Discusses Video Assistant Referring

World renowned football manager Jose Mourinho, and recently retired footballer Samuel Eto’o took to the LaLiga Headquarters in Madrid to discuss speed & innovation in football, including the hot topic of Video Assistant Referring [VAR]. 

The duo spoke at an exclusive event, as they helped launch the global partnership between LiveScore and LaLiga. The collaboration will see LiveScore support the Spanish league’s new Replay360º feature, an Intel-powered technology, that will allow La Liga audiences to access 38 individual camera positions across Spanish stadiums, delivering football’s most immersive coverage. 

The duo were also joined on the panel by LaLiga President, Javier Tebas, who explained how the partnership is further evidence of the league’s drive to introduce the right technologies to improve fans’ matchday experience both inside the stadium and at home, LiveScore Ambassador, Jose Mourinho, commented: 

“It is important football continues to innovate and embrace technologies that can develop the game for clubs and leagues but, and I say this after my first summer as a fan, that the emotion remains in football. LiveScore’s partnership with LaLiga most definitely puts the fan first.”


The discussion comes at an exciting moment for technology in football as the Premier League becomes the latest competition to introduce Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR), after its introduction to LaLiga in the 2018/19 season. Mourinho believes that this is a positive move for the sport.

“Of course, as a manager sometimes you receive a favorable decision and sometimes a disastrous one. I like the essence of VAR to reduce human error and we will all learn it and adapt to it, but I hope we will still maintain the raw excitement. Before, when a goal went in, I used to look at the referee, now I look at the screen!” 

With its core pillars of speed, simplicity and reliability, LiveScore has been at the forefront of the drive to use technology to enhance the experience of fans across multiple sports, and football in particular.

Watch discussion here.

New Era Celebrates Red Sox

Today New Era Cap Co., Inc., the official on-field cap of Major League Baseball, announces the New Era 2018 World Series Champions Collection, available for fans now. This collection will provide fans with five different styles to celebrate the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.

“For 162 games, the Boston Red Sox have come to the ball park, put on their New Era caps giving it their best day in and day out,” said Tim Shanahan, Director of Baseball at New Era Cap. “We are excited that the Red Sox and their fans will now be able to put on their authentic New Era 2018 World Series Champions caps and celebrate their path to a World Championship season.” 

The New Era 2018 World Series Champions Collection is available in the following styles:

  • 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room 39THIRTY® and 9TWENTY®: The official locker room cap worn by the Red Sox after winning the World Series features a team logo with “2018 World Series Champs” written on the front, a World Series trophy patch on the side and the letters “WS” stitched into the back.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room Knit: This special championship knit features “World Series Champs” stitched across the crown while proudly displaying a team logo patch on the cuff, keeping fans warm as they celebrate this victory.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Parade 9FIFTY®: Featuring the iconic World Series trophy, this snapback will be worn by the Red Sox as they celebrate victory with their fans on the streets of Boston.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Side Patch: Available in multiple silhouettes, this cap features a woven or LiquidChrome® side patch commemorating the 2018 World Series Champion with a Boston Red Sox logo in the front. This cap comes in the following silhouettes:  59FIFTY®, Low Profile 59FIFTY®, 9FIFTY®, 49FORTY®, 39THIRTY®, 9FORTY®, 9TWENTY® and Women’s 9TWENTY®.
  • 2018 World Series Champions Lifestyle Side Patch: New for this year, this cap features a matte World Series Champion LiquidChrome® side patch with either a stitched monochromatic team logo or stitched white team logo. This cap is available 59FIFTY® or 9FIFTY® silhouette.

The New Era 2018 World Series Champions Locker Room Collection is available at www.neweracap.com as well as most sporting good and headwear retailers for a retail price between $28-$40 USD.

NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook

NBA All Star, MVP, and fashion icon Russell Westbrook attended the star-studded Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2019 Women’s Runway Show at the Park Avenue Armory on September 5, 2018 in New York City. Check out the pictures below!

BARON DAVIS x NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND

2-time NBA All-Star, Serial Entrepreneur and Master Connector, Baron Davis presented The BIG (Business Inside the Game) Power Summit events during NBA All-Star Weekend.
An invitation-only traveling series of highly-curated summits, workshops, and immersive experiences utilized explore how to create real business and social impact, The BIG Power Summit assembled a network of upper echelon thought-leaders, industry experts, and rising stars from diverse backgrounds to connect, learn, and engage in dynamic, yet exclusive environments.
BIG Lovefest : Wednesday, February 14 @ The Jeremy Hotel
The Summit began with the BIG LOVEFEST Valentine’s Day Women’s Networking Luncheon at the Jeremey Hotel at West Hollywood, hosted by ESPN Sports Center Anchor, Cari Champion and sounds by DJ, television personality, and fashion model DJ KISS. The event honored women in business, sports, and entertainment including motivating speeches by Los Angeles Sparks President/COO, Christine Simmons, ESPN Sports Center Host, Cari Champion, and Baron Davis.
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Baron Davis with ESPN Sports Center Host Cari Champion

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ESPN’s Jemele Hill
Welcome to LA : Thursday, February 15 @ The London Hotel
Curated to set the tone of celebration for the weekend with music provided by DJ, producer and photographer DJ D-Nice, who began his career in the mid-1980s with legendary hip hop group Boogie Down Productions.
Attendees include: Ice Cube, Retired NBA Champion Matt Barnes, executive producer of VH-1’s reality TV series, Basketball Wives, Shaunie O’Neal, Lil Wayne’s manager/Maverick Management, Cortez Bryant (Young Money), retired NBA player Amare Stoudemire, NBA “super fan”; James Goldstein, and two-time NBA All-Star MVP, Allen Iverson.
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Ice Cube with Baron Davis

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Allen Iverson, James Goldstein, and Baron Davis
The BIG Summit : Saturday, February 17 @ The London Hotel
Panel attendees were treated to thought leadership at the highest level brought together to exchange future-forward ideas around how to create real business and social impact, collaborations and opportunities that live at the intersection of sports, media, technology and culture, disrupting industries, and enriching our communities. Panelists include: Rapper, Actor, Producer, ICE CUBE, NBA All-Stars Chris Paul and David Robinson, Co-founder and President of Lyft, John Zimmer, and others. A viewing party of NBA All-Star televised events immediately followed the panel.

Additional panelists include: Film Producer, Scott Budnick, Philadelphia Eagles, Jay Ajayi, and Passionflix CEO, Tosca Musk (sister of Elon Musk).

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Ice Cube, Hamet Watt, and John Zimmer

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Scott Budnick, Jay Ajayi, David Robinson, and Chris Paul

ATHLETIC JUNCTION

​Athletic Junction (AJ) provides comfortable and affordable apparel for sports fans.  As of late, they’ve become vendors for numerous schools, sports leagues, training facilities, sports agencies and emerging businesses throughout Northern America.

Presently, Michael V. Parker II alongside of his partner Justin Harper helm Athletic Junction. Both have participated in NCAA Division I teams as well as played on professional franchises. With a substantial background in sports, they inherently understand what a fan craves. 

Their attire has been proudly worn by dozens of professionals within the entertainment and sports industries. Some of their most recent philanthropic efforts include the following: becoming a strategic brand partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Special Operations Warrior Foundation and aiding disaster relief efforts for orphans in Port au Prince, Haiti. 

They possess an insatiable desire to inspire and expand Athletic Junction’s influence.  “We are a young company with ENORMOUS ASPIRATIONS!,” asserts Parker.  

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RUSSELL WESTBROOK

RUSSELL WESTBROOK’SHONOR THE GIFT” CLOTHING LINE SELLS OUT IN FIRST 24 HOURS AT OKC POP-UP SHOP

“HONOR THE GIFT” CELEBRATES RUSSELL WESTBROOK’S HOMAGE TO HIS ROOTS AND JOURNEY TO  BECOMING A FASHION ICON 

In his latest venture into fashion, NBA MVP Basketball Russell Westbrooklaunched his new clothing line “Honor The Gift” this weekend with a surprise pop up at local OKC auto shop, Penn Automotive. A planned two-day event, the first public offering of the collection sold out on site within the first 24 hours. The vintage clothing line indiscreetly pays homage to Russell’s LA Youth featuring a small capsule of streetwear including sweatshirts, sweatpants and athleisure, with design inspo dating back to the late 20th century and Russell’s birth year 1988.

“I’m thankful for my humble beginnings in OKC,” Russell shared on Instagram last week. “I’m thankful for the man above for allowing me to achieve amazing things in my life. All of which has led me to create my own brand, Honor the Gift.”

Russell’s full collection will be available on the Honor The Gift website on Tuesday, November 21st @10:00 AM EST.

About Honor the Gift: Honor The Gift is a brand of self belief and dedication to honor the gift “he” has given you. Shaped into different product offerings that represent a personal promise to challenge all and achieve greatness no matter what hardship.

Photo Credit: Zach Beeker