Is Rihanna to blame for J.R. Smith‘s struggles during the Knicks/Pacers playoff series? Some Knicks fans out there think so. Rih-Rih and J.R. were spotted partying together after a Knicks win in Game 2 of the series last week and he hasn’t been the same since. So one Knicks fan in particular who goes by the name @peruvian_gawd took it upon himself to call Rihanna out for it on Instagram today. And, according to a screen grab that he posted to his own Instagram page a little while ago, Rihanna responded by going in on the Knicks and J.R.
Being a member of the Nets organization surpassed some of my greatest ambitions. It was never about an investment; it was about the NETS and Brooklyn. My job as an owner is over but as a fan it has just begun. I’m a Brooklyn Net forever. It’s been an honor to work with Mikhail Prokhorov, Dmitry Razumov, Christophe Charlier, ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment, Brett Yormark and all the wonderful people involved in making the Nets first class. My sincerest thanks goes to Bruce Ratner, who first introduced the idea of moving the Nets to Brooklyn. A thank you and deepest appreciation goes to the fans. You are the lifeblood of any team.
The Nets have made their mark on the NBA and as they enter a new era, Roc Nation does as well; as we embark on Roc Nation Sports. Our newest endeavor is committed to building the brands of professional athletes as we have done for some of today’s top music artists. For Roc Nation Sports to function at its full potential, NBA rules stipulate that I relinquish my ownership in the Brooklyn Nets. It was a tough decision but as I stated earlier, it’s not about ownership. Congratulations to The Nets on a great season and making the playoffs! I will always be a Brooklyn Net.
Basketball publication Slam and Hip-Hop publication XXL have collaborated to create a special one-off magazine called Kings of the Game. The cover subjects of the new issue are Allen Iverson, Rick Ross and Tyga. It’s not a coincidence that the A.I., Rozay and T-Raww cover the mag since they all have ties to Reebok, the brand that sponsored the issue.
While you might not think that SLAM and XXL have much to do with one another, rap and basketball has always interacted with a mutual love and respect – as seen at weeklong events like the NBA All-Star Weekend – and spill over into one another when it comes to fashion. Hip-hop fans love to look fresh with clean kicks just as much as basketball fans and players do.
To celebrate looking good and embracing fashion and footwear in both hip-hop and ball, XXL and SLAM have joined forced to create (for the first time ever) a custom Kings of the Game issue, featuring Mr. Rack City Tyga, Miami boss Rick Ross, and all-time NBA great Allen Iverson – all brought to you by the storied Reebok brand.
The collector’s edition mag will be in stores in NYC this week and nationwide next week. Maybe Swizz Beatz will be on the next one?
Being an NBA athlete, you get used to women throwing themselves at you with no ounce of shame or tact. Well, NBA champion Mario Chalmers isn’t feeling that and let two young women know. Chalmers embarrassed two women for claiming they were partying with the Miami Heat point guard when all they really did was ask for a quick picture. The unidentified women saw Chalmers at a rooftop establishment and asked for a photo. When the picture was posted on Instagram by one of the ladies, they captioned it with, “Roof top bottle poppin with nba champ @mchalmers15.” Chalmers wasn’t thrilled in the slightest about how they spun the brief encounter and quickly responded to the photo very matter-of-factly, “Ummm false. Yall just asked for a pic.” Needless to say, the women’s mentions were assaulted with people making fun of the two for their blatant thirst for fame. As embarrassing as this is, it serves them right and should be a lesson to all groupies. While you can sleep with an athlete and pen tell-all books about your raunchy escapades, but famous athletes can put you on blast just as easily.
The basketball community lost a legend this week as Tyron “Alimoe” Evans passed away. Last night on TNT, former NBA Champions Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith paid tribute to the fallen hooper, proving that his respect went much further than the streets of Harlem. ”We all knew Alimoe personally. Alimoe was the first guy I called, that I watched Streetball other than Rafer Alston, that I knew was going to be an NBA player at that time. I said ‘Alimoe,’ what are you doing out there?’ I said ‘you’re and NBA player,’” Smith said on Inside the NBA on TNT. ”NBA players, when they play against street ball guys, they play the way you’re playing. They dominate the way you are,” Smith said of Alimoe. “He was the only guy I ever watched that I said ‘he should have been in the NBA and didn’t make it, and didn’t attempt to make it.” ”I agree, Kenny. He was 6’7″, he could handle the rock, he could shoot. He actually had the whole package and he should have been in the league,” added Shaquille O’ Neal. ”Rest in peace, Alimoe. Love you brother.” SLAM is also reporting that The Black Widow’s favorite basketball player sent the deceased streetball legend one last gift before he went on into the next life. “Today, his favorite NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant sent his sneakers signed to Alimoe for Al to have forever,” Joseph Vecsey of SLAM said. “I know Alimoe is not only going to be smiling wide in Heaven when his family receives them for him to have, but he’s also going to be doing some bragging. I can see him now saying, ‘Y’all better do some reading around here…the Black Mamba is a fan of The Black Widow.’” Check out the video down below.