Hey everyone, Pete Blackburn here filling in for Andy while he's dealing with the Swimsuit launch in New York City and in Nashville. I'll have afternoon duties throughout the week so feel free to get further acquainted with me on Twitter - @PeteBlackburn.
Celebs Converging For All-Star Weekend
The countdown to NBA All-Star Weekend is officially underway, with the festivities going down in New York City this year. If you're planning on scoring a last-second ticket to Madison Square Garden for the fun and you're not rich, forget about it. And as the gallery above reminds us, celebrities will be out in droves. There's also a plethora of sneaker releases planned around the weekend, but the best upcoming release might be Nike's latest special shoe to honor Kevin Durant's late aunt, who passed away from cancer back in 2000. It's beautiful. Speaking of All-Stars, LeBron James shared with the world that there's one episode of Fresh Prince that always brings a tear to his eye.
That Escalated Quickly
A hard foul at a high school basketball game in Indiana sparked a violent brawl involving players, coaches and fans over the weekend. The game was cancelled just minutes into the first quarter. Ugly stuff.
What Are You Talking About?
The Sacramento Kings squeaked out a victory over the Suns yesterday thanks to a crazy buzzer-beater from DeMarcus Cousins, but Cousins didn't seem too thrilled after the game and decided to go on a very odd rant about "God's plan."
Lovely Lady of the Day
This afternoon's honors go to Irina Shayk, one of the lovely ladies featured in this year's Swimsuit Issue (more below) and one of my favorite models out there today. The 29-year old Russian is also a former girlfriend of soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who might be crazy for letting her go. (Click here for full-sized gallery.)
The Lab at Bleacher Report has put together this beautiful representation of NBA legends and current stars would could be their modern counterparts. I'm not sure I agree with all the comparisons, but it's definitely worth checking out if you're a basketball fan.
Swimsuit Week Heating Up
As you probably are aware, this is a huge week for the Swimsuit Issue, which officially hits stands tomorrow. You can keep up with all the latest from launch week -- including check-ins from Andy- - on the Swim Daily page.
Someone Forgot To Pack Their SPF
Kicking Them While They're Down
I Love This Guy
Alex Ovechkin vs. Airborne Sushi
Odds & Ends
LeBron James acknowledged his cryptic subtweet at Kevin Love... The Rob Gronkowski erotica novel now has a sequel... Michael Jordan spelled the president's name incorrectly while autographing a keepsake basketball.... Zdeno Chara is now the world's scariest licensed real estate agent... The Pelicans' "King Cake Baby" is back and more horrifying than ever... The MLB Fan Cave is dead... Russell Westbrook might be the Cavaliers mascot... Nobody likes Warren Sapp... The Grammys, told in GIFs.. .Iggy Azalea had a rough weekend. Not only did she go home empty-handed from the Grammys, but also she was bombarded by texts and phone calls after a Papa John's delivery guy gave out her phone number... The N.W.A biopic, "Straight Outta Compton", now has its first trailer... If you missed last night's historic 'Better Call Saul' pilot, you can still stream it for free online.
Of Miracles And Men
In case you missed it, ESPN's latest wonderful '30 for 30' explores the Soviet Side of the 1980 Olympics' "Miracle on Ice." You can watch it in full below.
Gonna Want That One Back
Well, here's a pretty terrible way to let up a game-winning goal in the 88th minute...
Enjoy The Ride
Frans Nielsen was the victim of a bizarre incident with Brian Gionta during yesterday's Islanders-Sabres game.