Style Points: Drake’s Exclusive Sneakers and Buffalo’s Newest Star

  • Andrew Wiggins
    Andrew Wiggins

    It’s not every day we hear about a young player wanting to get traded from a potentially championship team to a lottery team. There are even fewer instances where a player gets praised for that.

    Reportedly, Andrew Wiggins told his college coach at Kansas, Bill Self, that he wanted to get traded out of Cleveland. And his reasoning makes total sense. Wiggins is incredibly self-aware, understanding that his biggest weakness is his on-court aggression. Far too often he fades into the background, doesn’t assert himself, and goes from being a once-in-a-generation talent to merely a good player. In the NBA, that wouldn’t be enough, and yet we almost never come upon a player like this that understands and embraces that challenge. Just the simple fact that he understands the rep going against him means he has a great opportunity to overcome that. Being somewhere where he’s “forced” to step up is only going to help him. For recognizing that, have some style points, Andrew.

    Wiggins, in all likelihood, will get his wish. Minnesota and Cleveland have agreed to a deal to send All-Star Kevin Love to Ohio in exchange for Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a future first-round pick. (Philadelphia will also be sending Thaddeus Young to Minnesota and getting Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, Alexey Shved, and a future first-round pick.)

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  • Air Jordan 3
    Drake and Lil Wayne

    Just hours after Drake and Lil Wayne kicked off their long-awaited, co-headlining tour in Darien Lake, New York — where they should get extra style points for not only performing the new joint “Grindin” but also busting out 51 sons —  Aubrey took to Instagram to give us a look at an exclusive Jordan Brand PE designed for the tour.

    Featuring an all-black leather upper, with red and yellow Jumpman logos on the tongue and heel, the sneaker really goes to the next level with Street Fighter-styled OVO inserts.

    Drake just keeps on winning.

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  • Sammy Watkins

    Buffalo’s newest offensive weapon has a lot going for him. Sammy Watkins is fast (unofficial 4.34 40-yard dash), strong (205 pounds), big (6-1), and powerful. But above all else, the dude has magnetic hands.

    Already through his rookie season training camp, the former Clemson stud has the Bills thinking large again. He’s made play after play look spectacularly easy, and with Buffalo suddenly sporting an offense heavy on potential playmakers — C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, EJ Manuel, and now Sammy — the playoffs are not out of the question.

    No matter what Watkins does this year, he may not top this catch, which happened during a recent Buffalo practice. That’s just too good.

    BUY NOW: Sammy Watkins Game Day Jersey

     

     

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  • Peyton Manning and Eli Manning

    Here’s a recipe for creating the best Manning bros commercial. It has to include Eli using Auto-Tune and dreaming about flying horses. It has to include lines like “catching a football thrown from me, then opening it up, look there’s nacho cheese.” It has to include a random cameo from Chris Johnson and a creepy one from Joe Namath. And it has to be a rap song.

    Wait, this video features all of that? Have all this week’s style points, boys.

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  • Andrew Harrison

    What do you do if you’re a player who went from being a potential 2014 lottery pick at the start of your freshman season to a guy needing to come back for his sophomore year to better his NBA Draft standing? Well if you’re Kentucky’s Andrew Harrison, you come back a better player.

    In a recent exhibition, the ‘Cats went down to the Bahamas and put a hurting on Puerto Rico’s National Team, beating them 74-49. Andrew dished four assists in the blowout, including this spectacular open court move to free up teammate Alex Poythress for a dunk.

    It’s scary trying to guard someone like this in the open court, and I think PR’s defense realized it too. They just wanted to get out of the way.

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  • LeBron James
    LeBron James

    Considering how smart and ahead of his time he is, it’s actually somewhat surprising that it took LeBron James this long to adjust his diet. (And look! Even Carmelo is doing it too.) That’s not to say dude was out of shape before, you’d have to be a fool to think that. But there’s always room for improvement, and on the cusp of his return to Cleveland, James has ditched the carbs this summer and dropped at least 10 pounds.

    You can see it here too. This is big, big news for the NBA’s best player. King James will hit the 3-0 milestone this December and he can’t continue to carry around 250-260 pounds of muscle. It just can’t happen if he wants to be effective once he hits 35 years old.

    This summer is all about LeBron showing off his new body. This season will be all about showing his new teammates the championship ways.

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  • Eli Manning, Peyton Manning
  • Andrew Harrison
  • LeBron James

With his upcoming album — Views From the 6 — gaining traction, a recent gig as the host of the ESPYs, and the Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour kicking off with a massive 51-song show, you could say Drake is on top of the world right now. But this week, it’s his latest Jordan Brand PEs that have us excited.

As Drake reaffirms his place atop the music industry, guys like Sammy Watkins and Andrew Harrison are just getting started in their respective fields.

Drake may help headline this week’s Style Points — it’s not what you do but how you do it — which is a weekly recap of everything in sports and entertainment, but we’re kicking things off with another of Toronto’s very own (and another rookie): Andrew Wiggins.

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