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The NBA East-West Style All-Stars

  • Kempt Staff
The NBA East-West Style All-Stars

The NBA’s stylish uptick over the past few years has been well documented, but with Fashion Week and the NBA All-Star festivities sharing New York City this weekend, the NBA-Fashion relationship will be on display more than ever.

In fact, the two events will overlap for the hour when LeBron James hosts a fashion show featuring ballplayers competing on the runway. Which got us asking ourselves the question:

What if the NBA All-Star teams were chosen entirely on the players’ personal styles instead of their skills or fan votes?

The NBA Draft Style Prospectus

  • Kempt Staff

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Last night’s NBA draft was touted to have the most talented draft class in recent years.

And while their pro basketball chops have yet to be seen, we already saw some serious style upside in a few of the guys—and plenty of room for improvement. So we’re doing a little analyzing of our own, by taking a look at the style prospects of the 2014 NBA draft.

Here’s how the newest crop of NBA players stacked up in the style department.»

The Hurried Man’s Guide to the NBA Playoffs

  • Najib Benouar

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As the old saying goes, the NBA season doesn’t really start until the playoffs.

And with the field of 16 tipping off the first of many seven-game series tomorrow—that’s a potential for 105 games in the next few weeks—it really does feel like an entirely new season. And in case you’re just tuning in now, for the first ever NBA postseason without any Lakers, Knicks or Celtics suiting up, we’ve put together this quick guide on each conference:

The hurried man’s guide to the NBA playoffs.»

Seven Deep Thoughts on the Headband

  • Najib Benouar

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If you haven’t been following the NBA Finals, well, that’s a shame. But you’re in luck because you haven’t missed the grand finale—tonight is Game 7.

And to get you up to speed, here’s what you need to know:

A) You’ve been missing out on arguably the most exciting series since the Jordan era.

B) Of all the storylines that have emerged, the most captivating one happened late in Game 6: LeBron James lost his signature headband during play, and in a reverse-Samson-effect, he seemed to gain power from shedding the headwear, willing his team to a spectacular overtime victory.

C) Which brings us to:

Seven deep thoughts on the headband...»

A Pop-Culture History of Men and Shorts

  • Kempt Staff

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The prospect of celebrating summer’s inaugural weekend might have you toying with the idea of spending the entire three days in a pair of shorts (especially if you plan on being poolside the whole time).

But going pantsless is a deceptively tricky move—wrought with pitfalls and misconceptions.

More often than not, they’re considered a necessary evil. Tom Ford famously said that a man should never wear them. Inevitably, someone will rib you with that moldy chestnut about never taking a man in shorts seriously. But in the right hands—er, on the right gams—they can be serviceable, arguably even stylish. It’s been done before, to varying degrees of success.

So, as menswear anthropologists, in our quest to find out how we got into this pantsless existential crisis, we present to you:

A pop-culture history of men and shorts.»

Craig Sager Talks Menswear, Roger Rabbit Revelations and Irish Whiskeys

  • Kempt Staff

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Sager Wisdom: Made Man catches up with the NBA’s famously flamboyant sideline reporter Craig Sager to talk style, double-breasted silk Versace and where he draws the line (surprisingly, he has one, and it’s bow ties).

Mohawk Down: Visit LA’s well-appointed men’s shop Mohawk General Store, through the lens of Jake Davis.

Lazarus Heart: On the 25th anniversary of the release of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, BuzzFeed tracks down 20 enlightening factoids about the movie.

Dark Horse: In the event you’ll be tipping back some Irish whiskey on St. Patrick’s Day, Details has rounded up your 10 most suitable options.

Rihanna Isn't A Hugger

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Honeycombs on My Legs: Perhaps the best thing that’s come from the Fuck Yeah Menswear oeuvre yet: a reading by Morgan Freeman. [FYM]

Prince Hakeem: An oral history of the destined-for-greatness Houston Rockets of the early 1980s. [Grantland]

Drunk Nate Silver: The biggest winner in the aftermath of the presidential election has become stat wunderkind Nate Silver, who perfectly predicted the electoral vote and now has his own meme. [Gawker]

Where Every Shirt Knows Your Name: Connecting Cheers with an autumnal staple, the rugby shirt. [Valet]

Erin Wasson Is Marooned

  • Najib Benouar

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Ready for This Jelly: GQ introduces Royal Jelly Harlem, a new line of African-print-covered everything. (From beach towels to ties.) [GQ]

All Roads Lead to Thick Frames: The Times takes their turn dissecting the recent nerd-ification of NBA style. [NYTimes]

GIF Horse: Buzzfeed may have stumbled on the perfect digital time capsule in this celebration of 25 years of the animated GIF. [Buzzfeed]

Dads on Film: In honor of Father’s Day, here are some life lessons to be learned from on-screen dads you never had. [/Film]

Irina Shayk Is Bringing the Macarena Back

  • Najib Benouar

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Reliving the Dream: GQ does a bang-up job on the oral history of the 1992 Dream Team. Those were the days. [GQ]

Today’s Game: The 2012 NBA Finals begin tonight, and for predictions Esquire turns to the experts: OKC Thunder cheerleaders. [Esquire]

Like Father: In honor of Father’s Day upcoming, Vanity Fair celebrates the five best real-life father-son movie performances. [VF]

London Neighing: From the information gathered, it seems the Olympic opening ceremony will feature Paul McCartney, a cricket team, a parade of nurses and a veritable Noah’s Ark of farm animals... [Vulture]

Dusting Off: Playing Basketball in a Cage

As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off basketball in a cage.

The NBA’s in trouble.

It’s not just the newly resolved labor troubles, or the Christmas games, or the Kardashian marriages. We’re talking about something deeper. The game has lost its way. It’s time to get back to how basketball was meant to be played.

Inside a 12-foot cage.

It’s an antiquated blood sport we’d like to dust off»

The Reentry: November 28

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You’ll never look at stuffing again. It wasn’t the Thanksgiving dinner that did you in so much as the utensil-less fistfuls of leftovers you delicately sampled for the rest of the weekend.

But while you were doing your best impression of a goose on a foie gras farm, the rest of the world kept on making news, starting with the heroic return of professional basketball...

We saved the NBA season, survived Black Friday, and remained occupied»

Laetitia Casta is Between Rooms

The Ladies Have Spoken: Valet’s exhaustive study of the female perspective finally bears fruit. The big winner: bowties. The big loser: broken-in jeans. [Valet]

Roots Rock: The Roots have been bringing the house down on a regular basis on Jimmy Fallon. Here’s documentary proof: five of the best cuts as chosen by ?uestlove. [Vulture]

Serve or Die: The world’s longest tennis game enters its third day at Wimbledon. The best part? Some poor bastard was live-blogging it. [Yahoo]

A Throwback Jersey and a Fitted: A marketing guru explains why half the NBA is switching to throwback jerseys. [Fast Company]