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Atlanta Hawking New Neon Jerseys



New jerseys have given us a lot lately like the Nets to Brooklyn. We’ve had the good in Philly (although those classic, throwback ‘Phila’ jerseys have nothing on the great, vintage, new Milwaukee Bucks unis). The bad in those style shaving Clippers new identities. And now we have the downright ugly…

…ladies and gentlemen, Atlanta gives you their new Hawk uniforms.

Ugly though in a seemingly garish good way that grows. Just like my Supersonic colorway Air Jordan’s I copped on a recent road trip to Seattle. These new red, white and black, home, road and alternate apparel feature a volt green neon to go with a mix and match option across the range that not only the fans will experiment with when rocking, but the players too.

Honoring the franchises old lime color from the Pistol Pete whipping days, this new court clothing colors some impressive inspiration from the 90’s too. Still these jerseys have a McDonalds All-American feel to them, especially the home uniform. Perhaps a side sponsorship deal is in place with Ronald even if Atlanta is the home if Coca-Cola. Far from amateur though, the white hot home jersey and the slick, black (with new color ‘Georgia Granite Grey’ on their mind) away look is welcome to the city of Atlanta like a Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris half-time show. It’s the torched red ‘ATL’ alternatives (this time no jersey reads Hawks across the chest, true to Atlanta) that are causing some alert though.

And to think bringing Pac (no the old Hawk logo, not legendary rapper. That hash-tag campaign was a tad misguided) back began what was thought to be a classic, new look for these Hawks. Sure, not as bad as they originally look to the eye, these new innovative incarnations have inspiration to them, but the ATL designers have got their talons into some better designs over their always big and bold wardrobe functions. Most notably the last signature set that now tag themselves into the seams of their traditional, throwback stylings. Fans won’t be able to wait for the next Hardwood Classic night now.

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These new vibrant vests look to vibe with the young, hip crowd of the city of the A’s scene. Gamers get your 2K Sports ready because these neon jerseys look the ‘Tron’ video game part for the Hawk-eye visual legacy. They’ll also look great when playing the ‘Lights Out’ Lakers at STAPLES. Maybe this team will schedule some blackouts at home for their home court and cloth competitive advantage like high-altitude Denver air and old Boston Garden dead-spots. The triangular meshing design made to resemble the feathers on a Hawk however looks a little like some old 90’s kicks, speaking of ugly sneakers.

With Danny Ferry stepping down and the sale of the Hawks franchise approved, these new jerseys are a colorful distraction to say the least…whether that’s a good or bad thing (repeat the end of the last sentences sentiment). One of last years best NBA teams for their record are already in our face for what they have on-line next year and at least it’s looking different for something the league has never seen before, all the way down to the signature socks. Even if Kyle Korver’s boot cast, fashion accessory on his injury and Kent Bazemore’s rocking of Al Horford’s number 15 jersey made for an unveiling as shockingly eye-catching and maddeningly muddled as these jerseys actually are.

Are you looking forward to Nike taking over the NBA uniform stitching from Adidas now? Sure these controversial colorways are crazy but we’re sure even the old Pac-Man clothed crowd will eat them up like a Georgia peach.

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Millsap Mishap Could Keep Forward Behind 3 Months



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Poor Paul Millsap.

This campaign after becoming one of the biggest free agent pick ups of the offseason, one of the leagues leading Power Forwards has been put down on the medical report with an injury that could call him off sick for a quarter of a year.

The most reliable player over four periods has spent the bird share of his career helping his former Atlanta Hawks make it to the first round knockout stakes of the playoffs each year. But following the season where they didn’t make the cut of the second one, it was time for a change for the 32 year old number 4 who once looked to be the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone replacement Carlos Boozer didn’t turn out to be early in his career alongside former leading Point Guard Deron Williams.

And in the mile high city of Denver with a would be big-three of sophomore sensation Emmanuel Mudiay, dreaded defender Kenneth Faried and of course The Joker with the last laugh Nikola Jokic, these Nuggets in their new Nikes looked golden and finally past that baby blue Carmelo era (they may as well be as Anthony, now with the blue, white and orange of the Thunder isn’t even a Knick anymore (it’s ‘Old York’ now Knickerbockers)). But now like Ben Affleck looking at the ‘Justice League’ box office returns it’s time to ask the Nugs “why so serious” Batman as an injury to their versatile veteran forward of seasoned upon seasons of experience doesn’t exactly put a smile on their face.

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The All-Star was averaging a helpful handful of exactly 16 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists before tearing the ligaments in his left wrist in a 127-109 loss to the Lakers who themselves recently lost all dunking son Larry Nance Jr. to a broken wrist, but are thankful to be having him return after they cut the turkey this thanksgiving. Millsap and the Nuggets are looking at second opinions from docs offering the same sort of speedy recovery that doesn’t sap their frontline. But if they concur with the original diagnosis, it’s three months in a suit and tie and not to mention cast for Paul who will return in late February after the All Star break he normally never takes off.

The man with the three year, 90 mill deal helped make this outside eight seed threat Denver the new gritty, grinding Memphis of the West. Now without him the older than Richard Jefferson roster is thinner than the air up there in Colorado.

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Somebody Stop The Mask Of Kyrie Irving





Even that phrase delivered at a perfect Jim Carrey pitch can’t quite put into perspective just how hot Celtic Kyrie Irving is right now. Especially in the Boston green, Rip Hamilton face-mask.

Maybe those three little letters would do more justice for this league leader?

You know Menacing, Versatile, Phantom?


How about M-V-P?

Kyrie joins Kobe, former Cleveland Cavalier teammate LeBron James and the man whose about to pass him the Maurice Poldoff torch, Russell Westbrook to be an absolute menace in the Phantom of the Opera face-mask, leaving other teams dead on basketballs biggest stage. He may have fractured and broken some bones in his face, but that won’t stop him as he fractures and breaks the backs and hearts of the faces of all the other franchises he faces off with night after excruciating night.

Those who used to say it must be the shoes (and have you seen his best in show sneaker designs complete with shamrocks like Starbucks on St Patrick’s Day this season heads? Those halloween pumpkin ones were the spice), are now saying it must be the mask.

Sure the plastic profile guard makes for some meme worthy Pinterest fan art appreciation but this guard has made a point at hating it…the sweat inducing mask that is, not the love. These kind of covers can blind you, but like the concussed legend of Celtic great Larry, letting it fly like a Bird above the baskets in the Boston Garden all the way to the rafters (as he saw too hoops like 80’s girls earrings and just aimed for the top one), Kyrie plays through all the pain and frustration. Taking it out on the ball (like opponents on Lakers rookie Lonzo) and the other teams hoops that to him seem bigger than those ones Bruno Mars sang about.

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Take Dallas for example. Irving just masked all his pain by taking the Mavericks for 47 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists in the last contest that took the Celtics to a sweet sixteen straight. After dropping two games following Gordon Hayward dropping out of the new season before the second quarter of his opening game one even played out, everyone was calling time on these new Celtics as soon as Gordon turned his ankle counter-clockwise. But now one of the best in the association Kyrie is showing LeBron and them he’s just as good as them or anyone alone like this man from down under always wanted to prove. This definition of clutch, who leaves everyone else in the fourth with straws has already shown on a championship scale against Curry of all hot guards that he can take the last shot that really matters. Now forget the Most Valuable Player award for a waning second or even the time his dynamic duo partner in pine Hayward comes back, Irving has the power to dribble drive all the way to the crown on his own.

And it’s going to take more than a mask to stop him.

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The Wind Brings The 2020 All-Star Game To Chicago



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1973. And the first NBA All-Star Game to play in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois features the last All-Star game in the last season of two lasting Los Angeles Lakers legends. One man who scored 100 points in just one game, Wilt Chamberlain. And one man who was and still remains the one and only logo of this National Basketball Association, Jerry West.

1988. And arguably the greatest All-Star Game of all-time and an even better, best ever All-Star weekend sees Michael Jordan become Michael Jordan. M.J. scored 40 in an 138-133 O.T. A.S.G. win for the East meeting the West. But a day before all that he and the Slam Dunk Contest became even more legendary. As mere moments after storied Boston Celtic great Larry Bird asked “whose coming in second place” before raising his finger in victory before the ABA coloured moneyball ripped through the twine (no Nick Young swag), Money took off from the free throw line like a good doctor for his above the rim J and jumped over everybody including Atlanta Hawk wing spreading, sky-soarer Dominique Wilkins.

Now more than 30 years later after next years All-Star Game in the purple and gold city of Los Angeles and the 2019 one in the redeemed city of Charlotte, the 2020 and 69th All Star Game will be played in Michael’s old town of Chi-city. In the same year as Tokyo, Japan will hold the next Olympic Games, the game of basketball will go back to it’s 90’s roots and an inspired iconic landmark of hoop heaven that didn’t really have the same spirit in the seventies, but really Jumpman took off in the golden era eighties. So much so that the old ’88 All Star Weekend t-shirt is a historical thrift store must find for more than it’s 80’s Tron like, cool, retro logo.

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And with mid-February lovers big blockbuster basketball coming back to the city of wind like the river that runs through it, Chi-town needs this like out of towners need deep dish pizza. You only have to listen to the news or the Common album ‘Nobody’s Smiling’ (you know the legendary M.C. who used to wipe up Jordan’s sweat off the old Chicago Stadium hardwood has to perform at the mid-season classics halftime show) to know this classic city is marred by violence that burns through this second city like fire. The beloved Bulls have even become a “garbage team” to root for too, losing the big-three likes of last seasons Jimmy Butler, Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade (who may even be on a farewell All Star tour once his hometown All Star weekend comes crossed off the calendar and everyone is united in the airlines center).

Now this team who relies on sophomore stud Denzel like Oscar hopeful movies will hopefully be back by the next few valentines. As the heart of the city in twenty twenty will want to see something as visionary as Sinatra’s kind of towns history.

That’s just the Chicago way.

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