Jordan Brand Asks "Is Kawhi Leonard Better on Defense or Offense?" in New Promo Video

Kawhi Leonard is undoubtedly one of the best players in the NBA. His defense is arguably better than his offense… Or is it the other way around? Leonard’s skills are debated in a new commercial by Jordan Brand, which poses two super-fans against one another — debate style.

Leonard has won the Defensive Player of the Year award twice consecutively, and he could be on his way to winning a third trophy for the 2016-2017 season. The San Antonio Spurs small forward averaged a career high 25.5 points per game this season, but still ranked ninth among all NBA players. As Leonard’s scoring has improved in each of his six seasons, it’s easier to make a case that his offensive game has surpassed his defensive play, but because some aspects of defense are immeasurable with statistics, the debate is truly a tough one.

Check out Jordan Brand’s “The Kawhi Question” commercial above, and chime in below on whether you think Kawhi would be able to get buckets on Kawhi.

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Nike's Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Gets the "Oreo" Treatment

Fresh off a debut in an OG-inspired colorway, Nike’s Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit — a hybrid that takes cues from both the Air Mariah and the Flyknit Racer — returns with the fan-favorite “Oreo” treatment. Marked by a clean combination of black and white, the design sports both hues throughout its knit upper while solid black accents hit everything from the laces and heel counter to the branding and rubber outsole.

Fans of the silhouette who are looking for something a little less colorful than the premiere colorway can find the “Oreo” pair now via Renarts.

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Casely-Hayford Looks to "Make Craft Great Again"

Having taken a step away from the runway to focus on fabrics and methods of construction, Casely-Hayford has revealed its Spring/Summer 2018 collection. A celebration of the nuances that are emphasized in the “post designer era,” the collection boasts details like hand-stitched decorations, machine embroidery, metallic white gold ink on debossed silk for an engraving-like effect, and exposed seams as an homage to internal construction. Voluminous shapes are emphasized throughout while “the convergence of tailoring and sportswear blurs lines even further” — a point readily exhibited by the label’s new joggers, which are both wide-legged and high-waisted for an added sense of formality.

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DELUXE Has Released a Charlie Chaplin Themed Capsule Collection

Japanese label DELUXE has paid tribute to legendary British actor Charlie Chaplin with a new capsule collection. The range includes a selection of T-shirts, one bearing a still from the 1918 film “Shoulder Arms,” one featuring Chaplin’s signature, and two showing portraits of the actor. Each of the T-shirts also shows the years of his birth and death on the back. As well as the tees, the lineup includes a tote bag available in three colorways and features a famous Chaplin quote: “a day without laughter is a day wasted.”

DELUXE’s Charlie Chaplin tribute is available now from retailers including Tokyo’s Bridge, retailing between¥ 6,480 ($58 USD) and ¥7,560 JPY ($68 USD.)

Refresh your memory of DELUXE’s 2017 spring/summer collection, which is also available now.

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A First Look at the KITH x Coca-Cola x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70

After teaming up with beverage brand Coca-Cola to end 2016 with a capsule collection, New York’s KITH has once again linked up with the brand but this time they’ve added Converse into the fray. Courtesy of @s.sam.group via Instagram, we get our first look at the upcoming KITH x Coca-Cola x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70. The Chucks will feature white canvas with red prominently displayed in the form of KITH’s logo on the lateral wall of the toe box, embroidered across the mid to rear of the silhouette for the Coke branding, and on the rear Converse heel tab. A green outsole on the bottom of the sneaker adds a hidden touch of contrast and finishes off the collab beautifully.

In related news, Ronnie Fieg took to Instagram over the last few days to show off an upcoming DSM x New Balance 574S collaboration with interchangeable “N” logos. Stay tuned for release dates and details on both these collabs.

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Cyclones fall to Hudson Valley in third consecutive loss

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By Matt John

for Brooklyn Paper

Hudson Valley 5

Cyclones 3

June 25 at MCU Park

It was a nail-biter till the ninth.

Reliever Gregorix Estevez’s throwing error in the ninth led to two Renegade runs and a Cyclone rally in the bottom of the inning fell short as the Clones lost for the second time in two nights.

With the score 3–2 in the final frame, Estevez walked Bill Pujols to start the frame, and the speedster made it to third base on a ground out to third, never stopping as he rounded second.

Deion Tansel then bounced one back to Estevez, who threw the ball past first baseman Reed Gamache, allowing the run to score and putting Tansel on second.

Manager Edgardo Alfonzo then went to Keaton Aldridge, who promptly allowed a double to Oscar Rojas, putting the Clones down 5-2.

Two doubles and a walk to start the bottom of the frame gave Cyclones fans hope, but the tying run never came around as a pop-out and double play ended the game.

Cyclones starter Jake Simon took the loss, giving up three runs in five-and-a-third-innings of work, and lead-off hitter Leon Bird had two hits, scored a run, and drove one in for the Brooklyn.

The loss makes it three in a row now for the Cyclones, putting them at 2-4 and in a tie for dead last in their division with the Aberdeen Ironbirds.

The Cyclones hope to avoid the sweep against the Renegades at MCU tonight at 7 pm.

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