The Best of NBA Summer Style
“If I missed a game, that meant I was losing the battle. I’m not going to let Leukemia affect me,” said renowned TNT sportscaster Chris Sager as he accepted the prestigious Jimmy V Perseverance Award during the ESPY Awards. “I will continue to keep fighting”.
The incredible personality that is Craig Sager has graced us with his colourful presence in NBA sideline interviews for over four-decades. Last Wednesday night, he provided us with an inspirational speech capturing his battle with cancer and the unimaginable strength that it takes to continue to fight the disease.
No week in the NBA is really ever quiet, isn’t. Something that would should all just finally accept.
After free agency madness has finally blown over for the most part, it was time for the ESPYs, the sporting award ceremony version of the Grammys or the Oscars, hosted by none other than ESPN. All the stars, celebrity and athletes alike, came together to celebrate sports – to celebrate greatness and most of all to celebrate how sports links us all.
Say what you wish about the new-look Golden State Warriors, but there has never been a greater super team than ESPN and LeBron James. Proving that very fact, James went on to reap most of the hardware along with his Cleveland Cavalier team.
LeBron James would go on to win the Athlete of the Year award, Cleveland won Team of the Year, and Head Coach Tyrone Lue won Coach of the Year in just a few of the handful of awards the Ohio-based franchise picked up on the evening.
But hardware victories were not the main takeaway from the night. Along with Craig Sager’s powerful speech, four other people in particular stole the show giving powerful messages of their own.
The night started off with Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, LeBron James and the newest Chicago Bull, Dwyane Wade stood up against gun violence on the streets of the United States of America. The four superstars kicked off the event emphasizing that black lives matter, preaching racial equality.
“The system is broken, the problems are not new, the violence is not new, and the racial divide is definitely not new,” started Melo, “but the urgency to create change is at an all-time high.”
Coming off the heals of a horrible mass shooting in Orlando, Dallas, Baton Rouge, and the brutal killing of yet another African-American man, Alton Sterling, at the hands of white policeman, the need for change has become vital. Cleaning up gun violence and the racial discrimination in America has become of upmost importance. It is what these four NBA stars preached, hoping to start a change through sports, instigating a rise to action, calling for peace and equality.
“Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Gardner, LaQuan McDonald, Alton Sterling,” exclaimed CP3 at the start of the award show. “This is also our reality…”
Other highlights of the night included a hilarious monologue from WWE Superstar John Cena, and Kobe Bryant’s first appearance since Ghostbusters, err, his 60-point final game performance as he accepted the Icon award along with NFL great Peyton Manning and female soccer sensation, Abby Wambach. On the female basketball front, it was Minnesota Lynx star, Maya Moore who accepted the WNBA Player of the Year award.
It was a night of celebrating victory, a night of uniting society, a night preaching for change and most of all, an incredible night in sports.
On another front, Fashion Week in New York City took place very recently and NBA stars were front and centre in the festivities!
I think it is fairly simple to guess who the top star was at this event. Russell Westbrook graced us with his flamboyant, yet interesting fashion throughout the week.
Aside from Russell Westbrook, Wade was at the venue as well making his presence felt with a fresh look of his own.
More of NBA’s best and most entertaining stars made their own fashion statements as well in what was a memorable week for the NBA, fans and fashion.
Melo joined Westbrook at the event, rocking a turtleneck that should probably never be worn again.
Other NBA stars like DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden, Chandler Parsons and Klay Thompson made their appearances felt.