Here’s Harrison Barnes of the Golden State Warriors modeling the team’s new alternate jersey - with sleeves! This is another questionable ambitious Adidas design, after this year’s special Christmas uniforms. The material is supposed to be 25% lighter, but the combination of t-shirt top and pinstriped shorts gives the whole ensemble a real “laundry day” look. Perhaps this new uniform is designed to appeal to 2013 free agent Dwight Howard, who loves sleeves of all kinds, and might take the court with a full Spandex cat burglar outfit under his jersey by the end of the year. Or, it will be a nice transition for undershirt-loving college kids on their way to the NBA. Patrick Ewing would have loved this jersey, and the added sweat absorption might have changed the course of his entire career.
And here’s Gerald Green with the most underrated contest dunk in All-Star history, The Birthday Cake. It’s clear why it was unappreciated in its time; live, it was hard to see what exactly Green was doing. But on the replay, you can’t help but be impressed by the delicacy of Green’s move - he blows out the candle and dunks so gently that the cupcake stays on the back of the rim. In a contest that was ultimately won by Dwight Howard in a Superman cape throwing the ball in from a few feet away - not technically dunking at all - Green’s dunk was a true artistic statement. Of course, he didn’t even make the finals.
Here’s Cedric Ceballos (featuring Warren G) with “Flow On.”
According to our extensive research, this is the only rap video to feature the phrase “David Stern ain’t out here! Let’s ball, Big Boy!” And also the first video of any kind that refers to Cedric Ceballos as a “big star.”