Pie Face | Life at Complex

In this episode, viral week continues. Tony (with special guest, Ross Smith) makes his latest effort to capture the temporary attention of millions by playing football the traditional way (forwards), before rewinding it back in reverse. The result is an open-field dash that would make Barry Sanders jealous, especially if he got to carry a sword onto the field, and also played in an office with stairs. We also get a sneak peek at some custom sneakers inspired by Russell Westbrook, designed by artist Julian Gaines, and improved (slightly) by a Tony and Zoe exclusive collab. Peep the latest LifeAtComplex ep. above!

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On today's episode, Tony makes his first of five concentrated efforts to go viral using Musical.ly, a mobile video platform that’s about discovering and connecting with other people around the world through authentic, fun videos. In doing so, Tony enlists the help of one of the app’s veterans, Jahn Lemieux, who advises him to get creative and think originally, but to also draw inspiration from those who came before him. What results is a less than stellar parkour demonstration, which actually looks pretty solid when cut together (shoutout to Tony). That counts for something. We also un-box Fila Mind Blowers, and catch a glimpse at some Air Jordan 11s that you could wear to prom (or a more adult event) and still pull off. Finally, we say good-bye to Rich Maze Lopez who, on his last day, becomes a certified expert on all things sneakers, and also leaves us with some short but sweet life advice that we should all at least consider following.

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Ray Allen and Julius Erving Rate Their Rap Bars at Nike Art of a Champion

This week at Nike's Art of a Champion event in New York City, Speedy Morman caught up with Ray Allen, Rasheed Wallace, and Julius “Dr. J” Erving. So we had to ask them about something that's always been on our minds: what do they think about the famous rap bars each of them have been mentioned in?

On “Gone for the Winter,” Fabolous rapped: 

Like Ray Allen in game 6, when James missed
Then Bosh tapped it to him
You know what had happened to 'em, swish
It's all about a swish.

“I thought it was dope,” Ray Allen said. “Any time you're in one of Fabolous' songs, it's incredible. He, too, is an icon. He's somebody that's been in the rap game for such a long time. When he spits that fire, people listen to him.”

Back in 1984 on “Basketball,” Kurtis Blow famously spit:

Basketball is my favorite sport
I like the way they dribble up and down the court
Just like I'm the king on the microphone
So is Dr. J and Moses Malone

“I've heard the song many times,” Erving acknowledged. “And, Kurtis Blow, I have to give it a five out of five. You know, it's had a good following. People still remember it and refer to it every now and then. It keeps me alive and it keeps him alive.”

We also spoke with Rasheed Walace about French Montana's “Pop That” reference and talked sneakers with all three stars. You can watch the full video above.

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Noah Schnapp Goes Sneaker Shopping With Complex | Sneaker Shopping

Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp goes Sneaker Shopping at Stadium Goods in New York City with Complex’s Joe La Puma and talks about wearing sneakers on the first day of school, borrowing his friend’s Yeezys, and who has the best sneakers on the show.

Can’t get enough Sneaker Shopping?  If you’re a fan of Sneaker Shopping, you’ll be a fan of our new show Talking Shop. Click here for the debut of our brand new series giving inside access to Sneaker Shopping Episodes. 

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Inside Sneaker Shopping With Shannon Sharpe | Talking Shop

Complex debuts our new series, Talking Shop, which offers up a never-before-seen look at last week's Sneaker Shopping episode with host Joe La Puma. Expect every Talking Shop to dive deeper into the inner workings of Sneaker Shopping, as well as highlight more about the life and career of the guest.

In the debut episode, viewers find out more about Shannon Sharpe and his love for sneakers. The co-host of FS1's Undisputed (alongside Skip Bayless) and NFL Hall of Famer talks about his appreciation for what John Geiger is doing (“anything he comes out with, I try and cop”), getting to spend time with LeBron James during the Cleveland Cavaliers​' 2016 championship parade, and why he was a Nike guy during his playing days.

Check out the full episode above and keep it locked to Complex for more Talking Shop and Sneaker Shopping.

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LifeAtComplex: Off-White Vapormax & Shark Inspired Sneakers

In this episode Zoe takes over the show with multiple unboxes. We put on our non-expert “Expert” hats and provide an in-depth review to some of the hottest sneakers out. The Off-White Vapormax, the Air Jordan 11 Low Easter, and the Footlocker exclusive Nike Air Max Plus.

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On this episode Lil Tony and Big Tony go off-site to shoot a segment of the Don’t Believe The Hype episode. Both Tony’s test out the Big Baller Brand signature sneakers. Lonzo and Melo Ball would be proud, make sure to stay tuned for that episode. Later on Marcus from the Snapchat team lets us know what he is cooking up with the team.   

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Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe goes Sneaker Shopping at Flight Club in Los Angeles and talks about meeting Michael Jordan, trading NFL tickets for grail sneakers, and why he has the best sneakers in morning sports talk shows. 

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LeBron James Responds to ‘No Place Like Home’ Recruiting Billboard That Just Went Up in Akron

Until LeBron James declares where he's going after this season, the recruiting efforts aren't going to end. In fact, they're just going to ratchet the hell up.

The most recent development in that department was none other than a digital billboard that went up in James' hometown of Akron, imploring him that “There's no place like home.” Since Akron doesn't have an NBA franchise, one would think that it was an effort to get him to stay with the Cavs, especially since Ohio was on the sign. On Friday, James spoke about the new(est) pitch trying to influence where he ends up by saying that stuff like that doesn't affect him because he's been dealing with it since high school.

“I haven't seen it,” James said according to ESPN. “But, like I said before, it's very flattering. It's just, I don't know, it's very humbling. I know my hometown, so, I already know there's no place like Akron, that's for sure. Me just having everything I've done with that city, obviously, but just being a part of that city my whole life … it's just very flattering.”

“It's not that I ignore it,” he added. “I mean, I see it, but I know what's important. I've always been able to keep the main thing the main thing. I see pretty much everything. I have not seen that billboard just yet, but I will. I see and I hear pretty much everything, but I know what's important. I know what keeps me focused. I know what the job is at hand, and that's just how I've always been. It's been like that my whole life.

“I heard talks of me being able to go straight to the NBA and being the No. 1 pick after my junior year in high school. I heard that, but it didn't affect me. There was talks of me leaving St. Vincent-St. Mary and going to Oak Hill [Academy]. There could've been a billboard back then. But it was like, 'No, I'm not doing that. I understand what's important now. What's important now is finishing the school year up and see what happens after the season.' I've always been that way. When I was a kid, I've always just tackled the main thing at the present time and worried about the future when it's upon me.”

 

As relayed by ESPN, the Akron Boards (as nobody calls them) are just the latest billboards trying to steer LeBron to a specific NBA franchise by placing a message in a location he'd only see if he was driving his car down a very particular road. They come after similar billboards were posted in Cleveland, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and probably some other places wondering what they got to do to get some media attention.

The Akron signs were put up by Alison McIntyre Baranek of Stouffer Realty (that's a good plug for her business) and are described in the following manner by ESPN:

Baranek's billboards feature basketball sneakers done up to look like Dorothy's ruby slippers, and the “O” in “home” is an outline of the state of Ohio with James' No. 23 jersey printed in the middle.

ESPN reports that another digital billboard is set to go up next week nearer to LeBron's home in Bath, Ohio. 

However, until the season's over, it sounds as if you won't squeeze jack out of LeBron.

“I don't know if this is even the right time to talk about that,” he said. “Obviously I will attack that after the season. As I stated before, my only focus right now is how we continue to improve the ballclub and put us in the right possible position to compete for a championship.”

Two billboards, though. Damn. Other teams, time to pack it in.

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