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It is kind of hard to tell what’s actually going on with Kevin Durant’s backpack, but this — from Sprayground, the people who sell the thing — will certainly help.


Feels weird to be talking about a Kevin Durant backpack again — so 2011, ugh — but when a guy who is money with his jumper (pun) wears a cash stack-printed backpack, you can bank (pun) on it being posted. It’s just too bad Durant isn’t negotiating a new contract (business term) or something like that, so that we could drum up some fake controversy, but I guess we can fall back on showing you the latest upgrade to Kevin Durant’s every day carry.

And hey, at just $60 this might be the cheapest way to look like a million bucks (super pun) or at least Kevin Durant. I mean, it’s either this or business tattoos with a Sharpie and that’s going to take forever, plus it’s really hard to draw upside down on your own chest. Trust me.

(via CJ Fogler)

Now that Russell Westbrook is having surgery on a torn meniscus in his right knee, is out indefinitely and will be missing the first game of his career, we’re going to need an update to the NBA’s new Russell Westbrook ad. Unfortunately, we won’t all be watching Westbrook.

But this, my friends, is that update. Enjoy.

Or don’t, because this is the worst.

No sleeves? Try no shirt. Your move, Russell Westbrook.

(via Micah Werner)


An amazing cover isn’t all that Sports Illustrated got out of Kevin Durant for their first playoff issue. They also coaxed the NBA’s first fruit-based efficiency metaphor out of the league’s second-best player. And since it’s so good, I’m not going to make you wait any longer to devour it. From Point Forward:

To Durant, basketball is an orchard, and every shot an apple. “Let’s say you’ve got 40 apples on your tree,” Durant explains. “I could eat about 30 of them, but I’ve begun limiting myself to 15 or 16. Let’s take the wide-open three and the post-up at the nail. Those are good apples. Let’s throw out the pull-up three in transition and the step-back fadeaway. Those are rotten apples. The three at the top of the circle — that’s an in-between apple. We only want the very best on the tree.”

First things first — is Kevin Durant saying he can eat 30 apples in a sitting or is this strictly an analogy? Because 30 apples really seems like a lot. Heck, 15 or 16 seems like a total gut bomb, so I can’t imagine eating double that. I don’t want to be too judgmental about things, but 30 apples is way too many for anyone but a horse to eat. Let’s hope he was just speaking metaphorically, otherwise he’s going to be pretty backed up.

As for the basketball half of this, all it takes is a look at Durant’s shot location data to see how serious he is about his apple picking. Not only did Durant take fewer threes this season than in any of the previous three, he’s also taking fewer shots from 10-23 feet than in any other season of his career. Oh, and he led the NBA in total points and finished second in points per game while not even leading his team in shot attempts. How do you like those apples? (Literally impossible to not include this phrase, deal with it.)

And finally, just to extend what Durant is talking about when deciding which shots are which apples — the slam dunk is the honeycrisp apple of the basketball shot world. Not only are they tasty, you also couldn’t find them back in the 1960s. I’m not saying it’s a perfect comparison, but they’re definitely both delicious.


If anyone out there is thinking of putting their hair on or about Russell Westbrook, here is a quick word of advice — don’t. He hates that.

From Sam Alipour’s surprisingly in-depth interview at ESPN:

Do you have any phobias?
Yeah, like, hair s—. I don’t like that.

Wait, what do you mean? Like, you hate when there’s hair lying around your place?
Naw, there ain’t no hair at my place, I promise you that. But, you know, if there’s hair around, I can’t handle that. If I find somebody’s hair laying on me, I’ll lose it.

So yeah, if you were thinking of putting your hair on Russell Westbrook any time soon, don’t even bother. Just a quick FYI.

Alternately, if you’re trying to sabotage the Thunder, maybe put your hair all over Russell Westbrook? Seems like it would work. File that idea away for safe keeping.


As we all know, dressing cool for pre and postgame pictures is the most important thing in today’s NBA. Just think about it — 15 guys a year become champions, but only one person can be the NBA’s best dressed. Math tells us that 15 is more than one, ergo it’s way better to be well-dressed. I’m sure you follow this logic.

That’s why it’s no surprise GQ magazine would do a big article on “The NBA’s New Style Wars” for their April “Style Bible” issue. Even though April isn’t for a couple more days, you can already check the stuff out online to learn how to be great at clothes. And let me tell you, friends, there are some killer quotes in there.

We’ll start with Tyson Chandler, who used to look like an Amish hipster but is now rocking the goth ninja look. It’s a pretty extreme look, especially on a guy who’s 7-foot-1, but that’s why Tyson wants to explain to everyone how to pull it off. Here he is talking about drop-crotch pants.

Whether he’s home painting with his son, Tyson II (pictured), or walking into an arena on game day, the California native goes all-in on the Gotham City look—complete with those infamous drop-crotch pants. “Believe it or not,” he says, “anybody can wear them.”

Remember guys, this is Mr. Capes who is telling you how easy it is to wear these pants, so take this with a grain of salt. I will say that the drop-crotches are comfortable, but it can often make it look like you have dropped something else in your pants. Word of warning.

Perhaps you will be more interested in his next maneuver.

Now Tyson’s looking ahead to the next big thing: sweatpants paired with blazers. “When I say sweatpants, I’m not talking about your typical lie-around-the-house sweatpants. I’m talking about that same soft fabric but in a structured, tailored cut. It sounds crazy, but trust me.”

This is a move that style bros have been pulling for a couple years now, so it’s not terribly surprising that someone in the NBA would catch wind of it. And yeah, you can definitely make this happen, though I do wonder if wearing fancy, tailored sweats is against the league’s dress code. If jeans are banned, I have a feeling sweatpants are too. These are the kinds of things that keep David Stern up at night.

But enough about Tyson Chandler. Let’s talk about Russell Westbrook, who apparently has a new nickname.

A few days later, Westbrook’s publicist tells me that within certain rarefied fashion circles, RW is known as “the Kate Moss of the NBA.” Evidently somebody at Vogue wrote this to her in an e-mail. When I ask Russ how he feels about being compared to a female British supermodel famous for making heroin chic and saying things like “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” he assures me he’s cool with it. “It’s a little different,” he says. “But I think it got said because some people are not afraid to do certain things or wear certain stuff. You have to have a certain swagger about you.”

OK well, I guess we’ll all be calling Russell Westbrook “Kate Moss” from now on. Those are the breaks when your publicist tells everyone that fashion people call you “the Kate Moss of the NBA.” I’m not sure what effect this will have on the Kate Scale, but I’m guessing it’ll land somewhere between “catastrophic” and “not a big deal.” (This paragraph paid for in part by the Quotation Mark Foundation.)


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And now it’s time for Hair Care Tips with Nick Collison, brought to you by GQ magazine:

What is the product you use to keep your hair looking so “GQ” during games?

For some reason, when I put out the call on Twitter for this mailbag, I got more questions about my hair then anything else, so I feel obligated to answer at least one. And I have to admit I feel strange about giving style advice, but then, who am I to deny the people what they want? So here’s my secret: I don’t put any type of product in my hair during games. I have before, and when the sweat gets in my eyes, it stings. I wash my hair 3 or 4 times a week, and I use conditioner. I usually take a nap on game days, so I put my head under the shower to get rid of the bed head, then use my hands to part it to the side, and I’m out the door.

This has been Hair Care Tips with Nick Collison. Thanks for tuning in!