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Chicago Bulls Debut Custom Basketball

From Virgil Abloh’s “The Ten” to sneakerheads DIY-ing their classic pair of Air Force 1’s, custom sneakers have taken the culture by storm. This art form is now taken off the ground – and for a good cause. Instagram’s favorite sneaker customizer Kickstardomis teamed up with the Chicago Bulls player Lauri Markkanen on a custom painted basketball, and the player will now be quite literally shooting hoops with the world heat map. In the wake of IPCC’s new report, the ball features this year’s outlook on the world’s climate.

The act is part of Markkanen’s #DontChoke campaign with the Finnish renewable energy company Neste. #DontChoke is a call to action for bringing attention to individual’s choices’ role in battling climate change.

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Lauri Markkanen Gives Up Red Meat

The individual’s role in combating climate change is becoming a prevalent topic, following the release of the IPCC report this autumn. Leading by example, NBA star Lauri Markkanen is taking a stance by changing his daily eating habits. As his first action to combat climate change on a personal level, the Chicago Bulls player has given up eating red meat.

“As my first action for #DontChoke, I pledge to stop consuming red meat as a concrete step towards minimizing my personal carbon footprint. Every move counts, play your part”, Markkanen declares on social media.

Following his #DontChoke collaboration with renewable energy company Neste, the decision is an exemplary step in doing his part in the fight against global warming.

Markkanen explains, that having recently become a father has made the well-being of the environment even more significant to him. Markkanen encourages his fans to follow in his footsteps to ensure a better environment for generations to come. “I want to do everything in my power so that my child will grow up in a clean environment, like I did. This is a call to all my fans to do their share”, Markkanen explains.

The #DontChoke campaign is a call to action for individuals to do their share in battling climate change. The NBA player kicked off the campaign by shooting hoops with a basketball covered with a hand painted visualization of this year’s heat map. Throughout the on-going campaign, Markkanen will consider the elements of his own lifestyle and opt for more sustainable alternatives. Leading by example, the NBA player hopes to encourage others to make their own climate pledge.

Dirk Nowitzki Presented With Key To City of Dallas

Mayor Mike Rawlings honored Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki with a Key to the City during halftime of tonight’s game against the Brooklyn Nets in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the community and his professional achievements over his 20-year career with the Mavericks. Nowitzki is only the third person to receive a Key to the City from Mayor Rawlings since he took office in 2011.

“Dirk embodies everything Dallas residents should aspire to be,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “For any sports fan out there, he’s a joy to watch, always striving for excellence and giving 110 percent. But what many don’t fully understand is how diligent, passionate, humble and generous Dirk is, on and off the court. Dallas is so fortunate and proud to have a leader like him in our city. He is a class act, a man who consistently puts his teammates, his city and his family before himself.”

Nowitzki accepted the key at halftime, joined by the mayor, Dallas City council members and three high school students who assisted in creating a larger ceremonial key specially made for Nowitzki.

“I’m very honored, very humbled. It’s been a long great ride here. 20 years representing this city proudly…the franchise, the city, and the fanbase,” Nowitzki said.  “Dallas has supported me and took me in from day one.  We grew together and I have done everything in my power to give back to this city.  Thank you.”

Among Nowitzki’s notable humanitarian contributions:

  • Grants made annually to organizations focusing on children’s wellbeing, health and education through The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation – Last year, the Foundation raised $960,000 and held its annual Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic raising $1.92 million for Hurricane Harvey victims.  His foundation also holds monthly meetings with Hurricane Harvey victims to help families start over and re-enter the workforce.
  • Hurricane relief efforts – Nowitzki donated to the JJ Barea Foundation to assist Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. He also helped 10 families who were relocated to Dallas from Houston after Hurricane Harvey.
  • Annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game to benefit various local nonprofits such as Girls Embracing Mothers, Alley’s House, Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
  • Annual visits to patients at Children’s Medical Center.
  • “Dirk’s Dunkers” – Nowitzki hosts special guests from youth-based nonprofit organizations, underserved schools and veteran groups in this section of the American Airlines Center.
  • Seats for Soldiers–Nowitzki, along with his teammates, signs hundreds of autographs while spending time with wounded soldiers from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and reserve troops from the Dallas-Fort Worth area following the Seats for Soldiers game each fall.

In recognition of Nowitzki’s global humanitarian efforts, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth honored him with the prestigious H. Neil Mallon Award in September 2017.

On the court, Nowitzki is the Mavericks’ all-time leader in points (31,187), games played (1,471), starts (1,440), minutes (50,573), rebounds (11,331), defensive rebounds (9,868), field goals made (11,034), 3-pointers made (1,918), free throws made (7,201) and blocks (1,263). He has led the Mavericks to 15 NBA playoff appearances, including the franchise’s first Finals appearance in 2006 and its only NBA championship in 2011, where he was named Most Valuable Player. He is a 13-time All-Star, a 12-time All-NBA Team member, the first European player to start in an All-Star Game, and the first European player to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2007.

Nowitzki is one of only seven players to play at least 20 seasons in the NBA and is the only player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with the same franchise. He is the top foreign-born scorer in league history, the only foreign-born player in the NBA’s 30,000-point club, one of seven players in NBA history to reach 31,000 career points and is seventh on NBA’s all-time points leaders. On December 10, 2012, he became the first non-American player to receive the Naismith Legacy Award. He has also received the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award (2016-17) and the Magic Johnson Award (2013-14).

Mark Cuban x Dallas Mavericks x Lympo

Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, together with Tony G., co-founder of Lympo, have announced the official launch of Lympo, the nation’’s first blockchain fitness app, that rewards users with crypto tokens holding real monetary value that can be exchanged for premium products within its own in-app Lympo Shop. The free application pioneers a revolutionary new concept in wellness and personal technology.

Speaking today from the Lympo Practice Facility for the Dallas Mavericks, the heads of both partnering organizations introduced the newly launched app, as the first of its kind to use blockchain technology combined with fitness gamification to reward users for walking and running towards a healthier way of life. Those who subscribe to an active lifestyle and are ready to Walk. Run. Earn with Lympo, are invited to download the free app and learn more at http://Lympo.com.

With the help of blockchain technology and fitness gamification, users are rewarded with LYMcrypto tokens through the Lympo app for completing simple walking and running challenges. These tokens have monetary value and can be used to purchase sports and fitness products by today’s leading brands in the Lympo Shop – the first online store to accept fitness token payments. Lympo is developing the option to sync data with various fitness and health tracking apps and wearables to help analyze and evaluate activities while offering personalized health and fitness advice and bespoke services to the user.

Lympo is a seamless tool for motivating people to become healthy and adopt an active lifestyle,” says Tony G., co-founder  of Lympo. “By improving the well-being of people around the world and providing tangible incentives through our unique technology, we aim to unite fitness and wellness communities everywhere. Lympo will utilize the data we track on our phones and wearables to reward users for the lifestyle goals they achieve.  We are very excited to debut Lympo in partnership with the Dallas Mavericks, a true custodian in the health and fitness arena.”

The Lympo app offers challenges both by Lympo and its partners – coaches, wellness brands, various health, sports and fitness industry associations or influencers for example. Users can join these challenges, track their walking or running activities and get rewarded with LYM tokens upon completion. A challenge is completed when the required distance is covered. Users can also see the amount of LYM they have in their in-app wallet, including all transactions and the monetary LYM equivalent in dollars or euros. After saving a certain amount of LYM, the user is able to purchase exclusive sporting goods in the in-app store, providing an incentive to complete additional challenges. 

“Lympo is all about making positive changes by taking small steps towards a more active lifestyle,” says Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “Lympo doesn’t require you to drastically change your daily habits, but it’s a great incentive to gain real rewards, like Mavs tickets and gear, for fitness efforts. Lympo offers a great opportunity for partnering businesses by increasing brand awareness through sponsored challenges, while opening a direct channel of communication with niche sports, health and fitness enthusiasts.” The Dallas Mavericks are Lympo’s founding U.S. partner and will engage fans through unique challenges and rewards through the app.

While the compelling benefits of Lympo’s reward-based platform are self-evident for the user, the application also presents a unique appeal for small, medium and large corporations that are looking to improve customer loyalty. Lympo brand partners are able to attract new and existing customers through the ownership of specific challenges; tailor rewards to encourage specific behavior; access tech-savvy health and fitness enthusiasts within Lympo’s user base, or interact directly with Lympo’s clientele by hosting a series of community-based events, using Lympo as a launchpad.

LYM is a crypto (utility) token, a central part of the Lympo ecosystem, used to reward users for their fitness efforts. The LYM token is also a revolutionary means of payment, allowing its users to monetize their fitness efforts and data. LYM is based on the Ethereum blockchain platform, which ensures the security and the technical stability of the token. Within the Lympo environment, LYM acts as any other traditional currency. The price of LYM is determined by market forces and is constantly changing in relation to other crypto and traditional currencies. LYM tokens currently serve as utility tokens on the platform to buy products on the in-app store. A broader range of healthy lifestyle products and services from Lympo partners will become available, such as personal training sessions or gym memberships, diet and exercise plans and the latest workout accessories. User-generated and user-controlled data will be the driver for the app’s functionality.

Lympo has been actively forming partnerships with elite athletes, including current World Champion discus thrower, Andrius Gudžius, as well as with the top-ranked female tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki, both of whom are Lympo brand ambassadors.

Download the app, select your challenge, and start being rewarded for your fitness goals at http://Lympo.com.

Dallas Mavericks To Donate 250 Turkeys To Families In Need

DISCLAIMER: This Is Not A Public Event!

Throughout the NBA Cares Season of Giving, the NBA and its teams are committed to serving their communities to brighten the holiday season for thousands of children and families. The Dallas Mavericks, Devin Harris and JJ Barea are partnering with Albertsons-Tom Thumb to hand out 250 Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families at Buckner International. A new element to this event will also occur, where 20 families in need will receive car safety seats for their children from the Mavericks.  

Where: Buckner International – 5405 Shoe Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149

When:  Thursday, November 15, 2018, 3:00pm-5:00pm

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Dallas Mavericks Hosts SEATS For SOLDIERS Tonight

The Dallas Mavericks, American Airlines and Nick & Sam’s are proud to partner again for the 14thAnnual Seats for Soldiers, a one-of-a-kind experience to honor our nation’s heroes. More than 100 wounded service members from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio will join reserve troops from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to enjoy dinner at Nick & Sam’s Park Cities, as well as courtside seats at the Dallas Mavericks vs. Utah Jazz game, tonight Nov. 14, at American Airlines Center.

“Our annual Seats for Soldiers night is a reminder that we don’t get to enjoy the game we love without the incredible sacrifices our soldiers make,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “This game is one small way for the Dallas Mavericks and our season ticket holders to say ‘Thank You’ and acknowledge the bravery of the men and women in uniform.”

The concept for Seats for Soldiers originated with Dallas Mavericks season ticket holders Neal and Jamie Hawks, who, along with other front-row season ticket holders, have donated their seats – valued at $350,000 – year after year to host the wounded service members. After the game, the soldiers get the opportunity to meet and take photos with Mavericks players, coaches, dancers, ManiAACs and DJ Poizon Ivy.

The day begins with American Airlines providing charter transportation from San Antonio to Dallas/Fort Worth though Fuel Smart, the airline’s team member-led fuel conservation program that helps provide flights for injured service members, veterans and their families using funds generated through team members’ everyday actions to save fuel. In addition, American’s pilots and flight attendants volunteer their time for the occasion.

“Giving back to the men and women who serve our country is a tremendous honor for the 130,000 team members of American Airlines,” said David Seymour, American’s senior vice president – Integrated Operations, and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. “American is honored and humbled by the sacrifice these individuals have made and it is our privilege to partner with the Mavs and Nick & Sam’s to give them a much-deserved night of great food and NBA basketball.”

After arriving at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, the group of soldiers will be treated to a four-course dinner at Nick & Sam’s Park Cities, prior to attending the Mavs vs. Jazz game. This year’s menu, created by Nick & Sam’s Corporate Chef and Partner Samir Dhurandhar, features a first course of shrimp and grits, creole crab cakes with a Cajun remoulade, prime beef egg rolls, and a sushi platter consisting of kung pao lobster rolls, crispy tuna and shrimp tempura rolls. The second course is a Caesar salad. The main course features an Allen Brothers 10 oz. prime filet with sides of mashed sweet potatoes, green beans with almonds and creamed corn maux choux. The meal concludes with Dallas Mavericks seven-layer cake, pecan pie and pumpkin pie. Beverage service will also be provided, all free of charge to the service members, and the Nick & Sam’s staff will also volunteer their time to host the group.

Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler To Sixers

By Reid Urban

The Jimmy Butler era in Minnesota has finally ended.

The Timberwolves have agreed to send their star, along with Justin Patton, to the Philadelphia 76ers for Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, and a 2022 second-round pick. A trade call with the league to finalize the deal has been set for Monday.

For Sixers GM Elton Brand, this is his first major move since being named the GM a few months ago. This move will now allow the Sixers to have a third star on the team alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid without luring an impact player in the 2019 free agency period.

Mark Suleymanov of Hoops Rumors believes that this move could also take pressure off their 2017 first overall pick Markelle Fultz, as many had expected him to be the third star on that team. That has not worked out the way Philadelphia wanted it to yet.

Assuming that all goes well in Philadelphia, it could signal the way for both sides to reach an agreement on a long-term. In fact, it is believed Philadelphia wants to have the big three of Butler, Simmons, and Embiid around long-term. However, a major injury or poor play from Simmons and Embiid alongside Butler could diminish that possibility.

As for Minnesota, this trade ends the two-month saga of Butler asking for a trade request. This all started before training camps got underway before the season began, and this news of a trade request broke during a meeting between Butler and Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau. Although Butler didn’t initially report to camp, he eventually rejoined the team after the Wolves couldn’t find a trade partner right away. However, things took a somewhat sour turn with Butler’s expletive-filled rant in a preseason practice. Now, things have resolved themsleves, as Butler’s departure will give the team an opportunity to focus on a future centered around their young core in both Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

The Wolves will now add both Covington and Saric to their long-term plans. Saric won’t be a restricted free agency until 2020 and Covington is locked up through 2022. The team understandably didn’t want to take a step back in their roster-building process, having made the playoffs last season after a long absence out. As for Bayless, if the team can’t find a plan for him, he’ll be most likely bought out by the Wolves.

Looks like both teams got what they wanted in this deal. It gives Butler an opportunity to play with some stars and potentially become a long-term asset for the Sixers, while the Wolves get some players and a pick, in hopes that this trade will help them continue where they left off.

Agua Caliente Casino Resorts x L.A Clippers

Agua Caliente Casino Resorts and the Clippers organization have announced Agua Caliente’s partnership renewal for the 2018-19 season. Agua Caliente continues in its second season as Presenting Sponsor of the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario and its fourth as the Official Tribal Casino partner of the L.A. Clippers. The Agua Caliente Clippers, the L.A. Clippers’ G League affiliate that launched ahead of the 2017-18 season, start their upcoming season on Sunday, November 4, at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.

The partnership will further the collaborative efforts between Agua Caliente Casino Resorts and the Clippers to preserve and promote awareness of local Native American Tribes in Southern California, while giving back to communities in the Coachella Valley and Inland Empire. Throughout the 2018-19 season, Agua Caliente will sponsor promotional nights at L.A. Clippers games that include Native American Cultural Night on November 15 and Fan Appreciation Night on April 3. In addition, The Show – Southern California’s premier concert theater located within the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. – will present the Clippers’ DTLAC series at four Friday night DTLAC games this season. DTLAC nights celebrate downtown L.A. with special halftime performances, with the first on Friday, January 18. Last year’s performers included Nipsey Hussle, Problem and Kurupt. The partnership also includes in-arena signage, on-court promotions and hospitality elements.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Agua Caliente Clippers for a second season,” Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe says. “We are honored to have this G League team named after our people. This partnership continues our longstanding efforts to create awareness about our history and culture as well as our existence today.”

“It’s a privilege for us to continue our association with the Clippers organization for another season,” Agua Caliente Casino Resorts Chief Operating Officer Saverio Scheri III says. “The Clippers organization and our Agua Caliente Casino Resorts are both committed to providing an exceptional entertainment experience. We’re looking forward to another exciting season.”

“Agua Caliente has been an essential part of the Clippers experience for the past three seasons. Their support of the Agua Caliente Clippers was critical as we launched our new G League team, and their contributions to our game entertainment in L.A. help us ensure Clippers fans have the best experience possible,” says Gillian Zucker, President of Business Operations, L.A. Clippers. “But most importantly, Agua Caliente Casino Resorts and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians understand what the Clippers stand for, and how important it is for us to work together to make a meaningful impact on our communities. We’re proud to partner with Agua Caliente as our organizations move forward together.”

“The Agua Caliente Clippers are excited to tip off our second season this weekend, and to continue our partnership with Agua Caliente Casino Resorts,” says Bryan Meadows, Team President, Agua Caliente Clippers. “Our friends at Agua Caliente were essential community partners as we introduced our team and its players to Ontario and we’re excited to grow each other’s efforts together in the future. We’re looking forward to celebrating our renewed partnership at the Agua Caliente Clippers’ home opener on November 4.

The first and only NBA or G League team to be named after a Native American Tribe, the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario are named for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, a federally recognized Tribe located in Palm Springs, Calif. The Tribe owns and operates the Agua Caliente Casino Resorts, which includes the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. With 31,500 acres of reservation lands that spread across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and into the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains, the Tribe also owns the Tahquitz and Indian Canyons recreational areas, and two 18-hole championship golf courses.

The Agua Caliente Clippers tip off their second season on November 4 under Head Coach Brian Adams at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena. During the team’s inaugural season, eight players that spent time on the Agua Caliente Clippers’ roster played significant minutes for the team on the NBA level.

Michael Porter Jr. Pays His Dues

While Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. works to get back on the court, he’s found other exciting ways to help his team out. The videos below show a fun spin on MPJ’s rookie duties and how Autotrader helped him find the perfect car for the job.

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New Era Cap For Upcoming NBA Season

Today, New Era Cap Co., Inc., the Authentic Cap of the NBA, launches the New Era NBA Authentics: 2018 Tip Off Series, an extensive collection of colorways and styles designed to gear up basketball fans worldwide ahead of the 2018-19 NBA season.

“Players and fans look for style, personality and unique details in their headwear, and the New Era NBA Authentics: 2018 Tip Off Series delivers on all of those desires,” said John Connors, Director of Arena Sports for New Era Cap. “We’re on the cusp of another exhilarating NBA season and now fans have the right gear to rep their city in style.”

The full NBA Authentics: 2018 Tip Off Series encompasses four unique collections: Team Color, Olive Green, Black and 2Tone. Each collection features all 30 NBA teams, bringing a broad compilation of cap styles to complete your game-day outfit.

The collection features custom-designed side patches inspired by the team’s city or state, as well as the official team logo patch on the front. For each of the four collections, New Era Cap has equipped select styles with camo detailing, adding an on-trend and dynamic edge to the series.

The NBA Authentics: 2018 Tip Off Series, is available in the following styles:

• Team Color Collection: This collection of monotone caps features the team’s primary color and logo. Available in the 9FIFTY®, HIGH CROWN 9FIFTY®, RETRO CROWN 9FIFTY®, 59FIFTY®, 9TWENTY®, 39THIRTY®, 29TWENTY® and Knit silhouettes.

• Olive Green Collection: This collection showcases the team’s logo on an Army green cap. Available in the 9FIFTY®, HIGH CROWN 9FIFTY®, RETRO CROWN 9FIFTY®, 59FIFTY®, 9TWENTY®, and Knit silhouettes.

• Black Collection: This collection capitalizes on the current black-out trend, featuring a black logo on a black cap. Available in the 9FIFTY®, HIGH CROWN 9FIFTY®, RETRO CROWN 9FIFTY®, 59FIFTY®, 9TWENTY®, and Knit silhouettes.

• 2Tone Collection: This collection combines the team’s color scheme to create a two-tone cap featuring the franchise’s logo. Available in the 9FIFTY®, HIGH CROWN 9FIFTY®, RETRO CROWN 9FIFTY®, 59FIFTY®, and 9TWENTY® silhouettes