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Leonard's first New Balance sneaker will debut at All-Star Weekend

By Michael Shapiro
February 15, 2019

Kawhi Leonard's New Balance Commerical is Terrific

Raptors star Kawhi Leonard isn't one for the spotlight, and he reminded us once again in his New Balance ad that dropped on Thursday. Leonard took some subtle shots at James Harden and other NBA stars in the ad, ending with the tagline, "the game speaks for itself." The former Finals MVP has flown under the radar throughout much of 2018–19, but his new ad and subsequent shoe release should draw attention during All-Star Weekend. 

Giannis Was in the Valentine's Day Spirit

If you felt a touch lonely yesterday, hopping on Instagram could have helped with those Valentine's Day blues. Bucks MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo went on IG live on Thursday and wished everyone a "Happy Valentine's Day," adding a few smooches in the process. Celebrating the holidays with Giannis must be delightful.

Gary Payton Will Never Stop the Trash Talk

NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton took time out of his Valentine's Day schedule to help with an art project at a local children's hosptial on Thursday, but that didn't stop him from dishing out some legendary trash talk. Payton spewed some criticism toward former Bulls guard Ron Harper, comparing his Valentine's Day art to that of his former rival. In Payton's defense, his finished product was pretty impressive.

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A good song

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