HIS COLLABORATIONS with Nike and with Jordan Brand have proven that his unique design language is revered by the masses. Whether a kid grew up in the ’90s or is growing up now, everyone has tried to get their hands on a pair of Virgil Abloh’s kicks with the Swoosh and with the Jumpman. His work gets realized as remixes, taking the old and making it new. A deep and dedicated knowledge of the past informs his future.
“Ask me what my inspiration was…it’s like when you ask a fine artist to speak about Warhol,” Abloh says, referring to MJ as Superman. “Walking to the court is just as relevant as a fashion show. I can’t jump from the free-throw line but I can try to advance sneaker culture.”
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THE THIRD Coming
FOR DJ WAGNER, SON OF DAJUAN AND GRANDSON OF MILT—BOTH FORMER NBA PLAYERS—BASKETBALL RUNS IN HIS FAMILY’S BLOOD. OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, HE’LL USE THAT TALENT AND HIS NO. 1 RANKING IN THE CLASS OF 2023 TO LEAD CAMDEN HS TO THE TOP OF THE BASKETBALL WORLD (AGAIN).
STATE of the UNION
CHRIS PAUL HAS BEEN A NATURAL LEADER SINCE AS FAR BACK AS HE CAN REMEMBER. BUT THROUGH 2020, AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE NBPA, PAUL HAS LED ALL 450 NBA PLAYERS THROUGH THE MOST TURBULENT OF TIMES—THROUGH A PANDEMIC, A SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT, A BUBBLE, AND A SEASON THAT SOMEHOW STRETCHED 355 DAYS—AND THOSE LEADERSHIP ABILITIES HAVE BEEN MORE CRUCIAL THAN EVER. WE SPOKE WITH CP3 ABOUT THE LEGACY OF THE PAST YEAR AND MUCH MORE.
The Fresh Princesses of Blair
IT’S STRAIGHT UP DOMINATION WHEN OLIVIA MILES AND DOMINIQUE DARIUS, TWO OF THE BEST GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY, ARE ON THE FLOOR AT THE SAME TIME.
MEET THE SALAM SCHOOL STARS—AN ALL-MUSLIM GIRLS’ TEAM THAT’S CHALLENGING GENDER-NORMS WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITY.
Back For More
ATHLETIC PROPULSION LABS’ first basketball sneaker got banned from the NBA because it gave wearers an “advantage.” The brothers who launched the company have returned to the game 10 years later, with a duo of brand new sneakers.
3 the HARD WAY
THREE NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THREE DIFFERENT TEAMS MEANS DANNY GREEN KNOWS A THING OR THREE ABOUT WINNING. AS HE WRITES HERE, THE THIRD WAS THE MOST SATISFYING.
Though her first year in the WNBA was anything but normal, Atlanta dream star Chennedy Carter is on her way to a long career in front of the bright lights.
NO MERCY, NO FEAR
THE NBA IS BACK AND NEW ORLEANS PELICANS STAR ZION WILLIAMSON IS AS CONFIDENT AS HE’S EVER BEEN. LET THIS BE YOUR FINAL WARNING.
THE PEOPLE'S CHAMP
NATASHA CLOUD HAS ALWAYS FOUGHT FOR WHAT’S RIGHT. BY OPTING OUT OF THE 2020 WNBA SEASON TO FOCUS ON SOCIAL JUSTICE, THE REIGNING CHAMP CONTINUES HER FIGHT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
MEET ROBBY SIKKA, THE SUPERFAN TURNED DOCTOR TURNED NBA TEAM VP WHOSE EXPERTISE HAS BEEN CRUCIAL FOR THE NBA THROUGHOUT THE PANDEMIC.
The Home Team
Old friends join forces to breathe life into a historic home on HGTV’s hit television series “Home Town.”
MJ'S NEXT DANCE
MICHAEL JORDAN’S LEGACY, ALONG WITH JUST ABOUT ALL HIS CARDS, ARE SOARING TO UNPRECEDENTED HEIGHTS.
2020 Free Agency Flashback
After reviewing the top pending free agents at every position, it’s important to understand that the Dolphins won’t be involved in the kind of shopping spree they had last offseason.
Money, It's Gotta Be the Shoes
Young resellers are wringing profits out of everything from the latest Yeezys to outlet-store leftovers—and turning sneakers into a bona fide asset class
If You Want to Know What Stock Is Set To Skyrocket, There Are Options
WHAT DO NIKE INC., Raven Industries, and Fortinet Inc. have in common? They exemplify the predictive capacities the options market offers: Recent stock price spikes were preceded by certain telltale signs in the options market, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Use the terminal to generate ideas for enhancing your portfolio and profit from ever-changing option trading trends.
Soured on Pickles
IT STUCK TO the bar of soap in the bathtub, so you didn’t want to wash with it.
'BILLDING' IT RIGHT
Sean McDermott had been on the job as head coach of the Buffalo Bills for about a week. In those early January days in 2017, he would look out his office window across the parking lot at Bills Stadium and envision home playoff games. How it would look, sound and feel.
TACKY TIGER CREEPS OUT EX-WIFE ELIN!
SERIAL cheater Tiger Woods is trying to weasel his way back into the life of ex-wife Elin Nordegren — but he’s hit a brick wall with her lover and new baby daddy, gigantic football hunk Jordan Cameron, sources spill.
March to Washington
Nikema Williams isn’t as well known as Stacey Abrams, but the woman who will fill John Lewis’ seat represents a different—and formidable— kind of power.
It's a V. It's a Baa. It's a Swoosh
From the prosaic to the poetic, economists vie to define the shape of the recovery