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Chris Brown Shows Off The Most Insane Sneaker Collection We’ve Ever Seen On Complex Closets

For the latest episode of Complex Closets with Joe La Puma, Grammy-winning R&B superstar Chris Brown gives us an exclusive look at his massive, never-before-seen sneaker collection at his home in Los Angeles. The closet that takes on a department-store feel has not only never been seen by the public, but Brown hasn't even Instagrammed a sneak peek of the room that boasts piles upon piles of different types of sneakers.

In the episode, Brown explains that he changes his sneakers up to four times a day and brought around 1,000 pairs with him on the road for his recent “The Party Tour.” He also goes on in the episode to say how Allen Iverson inspired him more growing up than Michael Jordan and how he'll only wear Skechers if the brand pays him. 

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Allen Iverson Didn’t Play During the Big3’s Stop in Philadelphia, and Fans Were Really Upset About It

On Sunday night, Ice Cube’s new Big3 basketball league made a stop at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia for a slate of games. And in the days leading up to the event, the Big3 used Allen Iverson—who is a player/coach for the league’s 3’s Company team—to get Philly fans excited about the league coming to their town. It was to be a homecoming of sorts for AI, who spent a decade playing for the 76ers at the start of his NBA career and officially retired as a Sixer in 2013.

AI tried to temper expectations on Saturday by telling fans in Philly not to expect the 25-year-old AI to take the court in front of them. But while talking with Philly.com and other publications in the area, he strongly suggested that he would be playing during his team’s game, which was scheduled to be the fourth and final game on Sunday.

“I’m not going to go out there and be the 25-year-old Allen Iverson—you’re going to see a 42-year-old man out there,” he said. “But to be able to do that, for my fans, I thought that would be cool, just to get back out there again…for my fans to get that flashback.”

Plenty of fans in Philly bought into the hype and reportedly crowded into Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday. They came to see AI play in Philly one last time.

But just hours before his team was set to play, AI took to his Instagram account and posted a video to announce that he would not be playing in the Big3 game. He didn’t really give a reason for why he would be sitting out of his team’s game, but he did say that, despite not playing, he would still be there to coach and interact with those fans in attendance.

 

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“To all my fans out there, based on advice from my doctor, I will not be playing in the game tonight for the Big3,” he said. “I will be there to coach my team and beat Dr. J’s team. I will be interacting with all my fans, and we’ll have a great time and see some great basketball. I love you fans for supporting me all of the years up to date, and I’ll see you when I get there.”

The Big3 posted the video on their Twitter page as well:

The problem with that was that, while AI may have had a legitimate excuse for skipping the game, the Big3 made the announcement about him sitting out so late in the game—both literally and figuratively—that it immediately looked like the Big3 had used the idea of AI playing in Philly as a PR stunt to sell tickets before pulling the rug out from fans. As For The Win reported, there were a lot of fans who showed up at the event to see AI play only to find out that he wouldn’t be playing while they were already in their seats. And there were a lot of people at home who ripped the Big3 for the way they handled AI’s absence from the game:

AI and the Big3 tried to make the most of the situation. AI received a hero’s welcome prior to the 3’s Company game:

He also addressed the crowd and thanked everyone for coming:

“I’m glad I had a chance to come back home,” AI said. “Ain’t nothing like this relationship we have. I love you for supporting me throughout my career, and still today, you’re supporting me.”

But once his team started playing, fans who came to see AI play, not coach, chanted “We want Iverson!” and begged him to take the court:

But it wasn’t to be. AI, the guy who played through so many illnesses and injuries during his time in Philly, stayed on the sidelines. It made a lot of people both in the arena and at home angry:

And the backlash was so strong that, early Monday morning, Ice Cube was forced to address the criticism of the way the league handled AI sitting out of the game on Twitter. Cube said he was just as disappointed as everyone else about AI sitting out of the game. Cube also said AI was disappointed about it, and he told the fans in Philly that he owes them one the next time the Big3 is in town:

At the end of the day, the people who showed up at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday to see AI play basketball probably didn’t miss much. AI is obviously one of the most beloved athletes in the history of the city and will always have a special place in the hearts of Sixers fans, so it would have been nice for those fans to see him take the court. But AI has struggled in limited action in the Big3 so far this season, and he is clearly just a shell of his former self. So he probably wasn’t going to go off for 30—or hell, even 10—in the game last night.

That being said, this might be one of the many challenges the Big3 faces as it moves forward. It’s smart of them to use specific players to promote events and put fans in the seats. But if those players end up being forced to sit out due to injury, illness, or something else, then the Big 3's promotions are going to start to feel like PR stunts, and people are going to stop showing up for games. It will be part of the league’s growing pains, but it’s a problem they’ll have to address from now on whenever they decide to lean on former NBA stars to promote their product.

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Lonzo Ball on Whether He’s Starting a Sneaker Bidding War: ‘Something Like That’

Over the last three Summer League games, Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball has worn everything but his Big Baller Brand ZO2 shoes. Last Wednesday, Ball was spotted rocking the Nike Kobe AD. 

Two days later, Ball wore James Harden's signature Adidas shoe.

Then, Lonzo rocked the Under Armour Curry 4 personally sent to him by Steph.

Lonzo's ever-changing footwear of choice doesn't appear to be bothering his father LaVar one bit. “That boy can play barefoot and do the same thing. He’s just letting them know he can play in any shoe he feels like,” LaVar told ESPN. “That’s how that Big Baller Brand roll. We’ve got that independence. We don’t have to be strapped down. You know how many players want to do that?”

Prior to Sunday's Lakers game against the Dallas Mavericks, ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth pointed out his latest footwear of choice tonight and wondered if there was an ulterior motive in the works. “You're wearing the Jordan 31s tonight … are you trying to start a bidding war here?,” Hubbarth asked. “Something like that,” Ball replied.

Regardless of what he throws on his feet, Lonzo is still balling out—no pun intended—against the Mavs.

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Every Look From Raf Simons’ Spring 2018 Collection

Last night, Raf Simons presented his Spring 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week: Men's, which took place in Chinatown underneath the Manhattan bridge. Chinese lanterns printed with artwork produced by Peter Saville, who's worked with Simons before, for New Order hung from the ceiling. Of course, there were also celebrities in attendance: ASAP Rocky, NBA champ Andre Iguodala, Raptors power forward Serge Ibaka, Julianne Moore, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ashton Sanders, and Marc Jacobs

During the show, models—both male and female—walked down the runway holding umbrellas. It was reminiscent of a scene from Blade Runner where Harrison Ford's character Deckard heads to Chinatown. There were also neon signs that spelled out the word “REPLICANT,” a reference to the fictional biorobotic androids from the 1982 sci-fi film.

“There are a lot of things that go back to my early days and why we started doing the things we did,” Simons said about the inspiration for the collection in an interview with Vogue. “So there was strong music references from the past, as you can see. But there are juxtapositions in a different way taken out of context, basically; it’s about movies (about Blade Runner, clearly), it’s about cultures sliding together—that’s the most important message for me, Asian culture and the culture of the west coming together. And you know there was a bit of new wave, punk attitude, but not aesthetically, more in the attitude like taking different kinds of things . . . good vibes . . . I wanted it to be energetic.”

The collection included 50 menswear looks—distressed tailoring, wide-brimmed hats, wide trousers, oversized sweaters, glossy raincoats, knee-high galoshes, pouches in collaboration with Eastpak, trench coats (some emblazoned with Saville's Joy Division album art), and more. All of the suiting and knitwear pieces were comprised of Merino Wool, a collaboration luxury wool authority The Woolmark Company. In addition to apparel, Simons also presented new Ddidas Detroit Runners and Adilette slides. 

Check out the entire Raf Simons Spring 2018 collection below. 

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