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The Best of Phantom from the 2011-2012 Season

Check out the BEST of the 2012 NBA Regular Season through the lens of our PHANTOM CAM!


Nike Basketball Elite Series

The NBA playoffs start Saturday, and Nike is ready with the Elite Series, three updated signature hoops shoes—the LeBron 9 ($250), Nike Kobe VII ($200) and Nike Zoom Hyperdunk ($200)—that take both your game and your style to the next level. We got a sneak peek at all three in the backroom of a Nike showcase, and thanks to high-tech materials (Kevlar, carbon fiber) and high-end construction, they look ready to fly. But don’t take our word for it. We also spoke to the designers behind them.

“The premise behind the Elite Series was to take our existing best of the best product and make it even better,” says Leo Chang, design director for Nike Basketball Footwear. “Using the best technologies for the best performance when it matters most—getting that championship trophy.”

A few cool features that all three shoes share: home and away colors (white and black). Carbon fiber-infused shanks and heel counters to keep them light and responsive. Nike Pro Combat inspired padded collar protection for support and a no-slip sock liner for internal traction. Ultra-high tensile strength Flywire (those gold wires you see in the Hyperdunk, above) for the ultimate combination of low weight and high durability. And while you can pick up the gold Swoosh version this weekend, the players themselves only move from a white Swoosh to a gold one if their team makes the NBA Finals.

So, which shoe is for you? “Always get the LeBrons,” jokes Jason Petrie, the designer behind, yes, the Lebrons. “I would look at what your game is like. You know, Lebron is really all about strength, so his shoe is better for a bigger, stronger guy. Whereas the Hyperdunk is all about lightweight performance, it’s kind of that weapon anybody can go to. And the Kobe is about that dynamic ride, that super light, low, soccer-esque silhouette.” Add to your arsenal the day the playoffs begin at store.nike.com.


Jack Nicholson celebrates his 75th birthday at LA Lakers game… and gets a standing ovation

When the jumbotron at the Los Angeles Lakers game announced to the crowd that it was Jack Nicholson’s 75th birthday yesterday, there were unprecedented cheers from both sets of fans.

Then, the entire crowd stood to honour the longterm season-ticket holder, who though clearly touched… responded with typical, insouciant charm.

Nicholson has been sitting courtside for the legendary Californian basketball team since the 1970s, so he deserved the applause.

Scroll down for video of Jack at The Lakers…

Happy Birthday: Jack Nicholson celebrated at at the Los Angeles Lakers home game Vs the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Centre yesterday

Happy Birthday: Jack Nicholson celebrated at at the Los Angeles Lakers home game Vs the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Centre yesterday

He was recognised at his 70th with a cake, so it must be no surprise, but he was cheered nonetheless.

Jack Nicholson has been nominated for an Oscar ten times, won three of those and is tied for second place with Katharine Hepburn in the most nominations… only trailing Meryl Streep.

In 1999, Nicholson was presented with the Golden Globe’s Cecil B. DeMille Award lifetime achievement award.

The actor still lives in the same Mulholland Drive home he has owned since the ’70s, when his neighbours were close friends, Marlon Brando and Warren Beatty.

Nice bit of recognition: Jack got a cake when he turned 70 at a Lakers game, and yesterday he got a standing ovation

Nice bit of recognition: Jack got a cake when he turned 70 at a Lakers game, and yesterday he got a standing ovation

Buddy birthday: Jack was with his friend, the actor Harry Dean Stanton - who is 85 years young

Buddy birthday: Jack was with his friend, the actor Harry Dean Stanton - who is 85 years young

The area was nicknamed ‘Bad Boy Drive’ because of this year, and after Brando died, Nicholson bought his dilapidated home out of respect for the Rebel Without a Cause actor.

He’s also the one man who Robin Williams famously claimed hell-raising Rolling Stone Keith Richards would have to bow out before when it comes to partying.

He’s been the star power at the heart of classic films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Shining but Nicholson is almost as famed for his love of the ladies.

Gracious: Jack thanked the crowd for their touching tribute

Gracious: Jack thanked the crowd for their touching tribute

Nicholson has been romantically linked to numerous actresses and models, including Michelle Phillips, Bebe Buell, and Lara Flynn Boyle.

Nicholson’s longest relationship was for 16 years with actress Anjelica Huston, daughter of film director John Huston, from 1973 to 1989, and he said the end of it broke his heart.

However, the relationship ended when the media reported that Rebecca Broussard had become pregnant with Nicholson’s child.

Nicholson and Broussard had two children together, Lorraine, now 21, and 19-year-old Raymond.

Nicholson’s other children are Jennifer,47, and Honey Hollman,30.

Last year, he told The Daily Mail: ‘I’m definitely still wild at heart. But I’ve struck bio-gravity. I can’t hit on women in public any more. I didn’t decide this; it just doesn’t feel right at my age.’


Good Riddance To Khloe Kardashian Say Dallas Mavericks Basketball Wives

Khloe Kardashian and her defeated husband, Lamar Odom, are packing up and getting out of Dallas and the basketball wives of Lamar’s former Dallas Mavericks teammates are happy to see them go. Khloe thought she was too good for the rest of wives, her being a big shot Kardashian and all, but it seems that they didn’t care … Keep Reading >>


Deron Williams and Bonobos Go Pop


Recent Man of the Moment and three-time NBA All-Star Deron Williams isn’t just a baller. He’s also a curator. No, really. He’s teamed up with men’s apparel brand Bonobos to launch a cyber pop-up shop, quite possibly the first of its kind.

The concept is pretty simple—and pretty cool: Williams hand-selected his favorite pieces from Bonobos’ spring and summer 2012 collections, dividing them into four categories: business, vacation, travel and casual (basically, suits, chinos, jeans, shirts and belts). For the next month, you can check them out and buy them on a subsection of bonobos.com.

The bonus? Twenty percent of all sales will be donated to Williams’ Point of Hope charity, which supports at-risk children through educational and recreational programs. Which means you can up your style game, save time by avoiding the madness of actual physical stores and help out the troubled kids of America. Sounds like a three-point play to us.

So get on it. The pop-up shop will de-pop on April 21. Check it out right this very moment at bonobos.com/dwill-shop.


Nike™ Unveils New Uniforms For University Of Missouri

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In collaboration with Nike, the Mizzou Tigers have introduced a new brand identity and new team uniforms for the upcoming 2012/2013 seasons. Working closely with the school, Nike incorporates elements of the schools rich traditions and heritage, bringing consistency all all athletic programs. You’ll see the new looks in football, basketball, and women’s volleyball and soccer. Tiger stripes and the primary identity of the tiger are central to the designs, which also include a custom typeface.

Design innovations for football and basketball follow Nike’s commitment to complete dress systems and are predicated on lightweight performance and the most state-of-the-art thermoregulation.

Click the thumbs to check all of the University Of Missouri’s new looks.


PROMO: Check Out The Four New Looks From Nike’s “Air For All” Campaign

All athletes walk in the footsteps of those who came before them, but with the latest releases in Nike’s “Air for All” campaign, those footsteps have been given an upgrade. Using classic ’90s models as their inspiration, this line gives us new takes on the Air Max Griffey, the Air Max Darwin (famously worn by Dennis Rodman), as well as the Air Max NM and Air Diamond Turf, two of the most popular training shoes of the past 20 years.

All of these new models are outfitted with the latest technology for superior cushioning and support, while sporting bright, of the-moment colorways. But for all their innovation and contemporary appeal, each calls back to a simpler time, when Ken Griffey, Jr. was crashing into the Kingdome’s center field wall, and the Worm was just being the Worm.


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