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Happy Birthday, Shaq

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Today is Shaquille O’Neal‘s 41st 42nd birthday. And in honor of Dr. O’Neal making it through another year, I through we’d look at some of his greatest Instagram moments from the last year (with an added bonus at the bottom of the post after the jump). Happy birthday, Diesel…

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NBA Style: Custom Suits

NBA Style
by Boris Kodjoe

I did not own a custom suit until I was in my late twenties. Prior to that, I often found myself buying an ugly shirt just because the sleeves were long enough, or I would score a designer jacket and ignore how it was two sizes too small. Tailored clothes were far removed from my wallet, and I assumed for the longest time that the term referred to the process of producing the garment by hand and not machine.

borisLittle did I know that custom tailoring defines a specific set of hand and machine sewing and pressing techniques first established in the 13th Century. These were unique to the construction of traditional jackets then, and are the foundation of any quality tailoring business today. A custom tailored suit is completely original and unique to each customer.

Buying a tailor-made suit gives the buyer the ability to create a suit that fits his own personal style. Many off-the-rack suits are styled to reflect current trends, but these trends don’t necessarily flatter every body shape. Although it’s possible to find an off-the-rack suit that fits quite well, custom tailoring ensures that the suit fits as perfectly as possible, or exactly as the customer wants it to fit. The same is true of the fabric and construction of custom suits, which usually boast superior quality. Other advantages of tailor-made suits, particularly when compared to off-the-rack suits, include durability, and even personalization like your name or initials on the clothing.

The most significant downside of purchasing a custom tailored suit is the cost. Prices usually range from $1,000 for entry-level models to more than $10,000 for high-end custom suits. Factors that can play a role in the price of tailor-made suits include the designer brand or tailoring service, differences in fabrics, and additional costs if extra alterations are necessary. Time is another factor in choosing between a custom-tailored suit and an off-the-rack garment. A custom-made suit requires time for fittings, selecting the suit’s material and color, and production of the suit. Most custom tailored suits take 60-100 days from first fitting to receiving the finished product.

All of these factors were considered when we launched World Of Alfa, a web-based revolutionary custom clothing company offering all the advantages of high Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat - Game Four.quality custom-tailored suits and shirts, but at affordable prices. With custom suits starting at $220 and custom shirts starting at $39, we made it our mission to service the customer who previously settled for the off-the-rack suits and had to compromise on style and fit, as well as the customer accustomed to paying upward of $1,500 for a custom-tailored suit.  Charles Barkley was wearing mock turtlenecks, but now wears Alfa custom-tailored suits and shirts on “Inside the NBA.” Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Rick Fox, Steve Smith, Dr. J and Nick Cannon are a few of many other celebs who wear Alfa suits.

Players such as Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Baron Davis and Amar’e Stoudemire have all lead the way in expressing their personality and creativity through the way they dress. Post-game press conferences have become a quasi-fashion presentation, a way to show the world another side of our favorite athletes.

These days I only wear custom-tailored suits and shirts. No more ill-fitting shirts or ugly suits that happen to be approximately my size. Why, you ask? Because I can afford it. And now so can everyone else.

Boris Kodjoe currently appears on BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” and is founder of the custom-clothing line, World of Alfa.

NBA Style: Classic Lakers #TBT

NBA Style
By the NBA.com Style Crew

The Los Angeles Lakers have always embodied Hollywood. They are glitz and glamour, celebrities and championships, swimming pools and movie stars. And part of the gig of being Hollywood’s best, from Magic to Wilt To Shaq to Kobe, has been being on fashion’s cutting edge, all the time. From classic suits to workout gear to casual wear (including, yep, suspenders!), part of being among the Lakers’ starring cast has always meant embracing the styles on the cutting edge. No matter how they look in retrospect.

What’s your favorite look of all-time? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NBAStyle

Live Blogging The First Annual Social Media Awards

by Micah Hart

We’re live on NBATV with Shaq, Rick Fox, Lang Whitaker, and Tas Melas and J.E. Skeets from The Basketball Jones for the first ever Social Media Awards. Lots of good stuff to get through in this hour-long special celebrating the most viral, most talked about teams, players and performances from the 2011-12 season. Let’s get rolling!

9:05Jeremy Lin takes home the first social media award, for Epic performance from his breakout game against the Lakers. In case you forgot how that went down, take a peek:



9:08 – The Lakers, not surprisingly, win the Social MVT (Most Valuable Team), far outpacing the #2 ranked squad the Boston Celtics. Judging by the comments sections on the NBA.com blogs, this is not a surprise victory. KOBE RULEZ! TAKE THAT HATERZ!

9:15 – Skeets and Tas present the Snapshot Award for best tweeted picture. And the winner is … Landry Fields, who tweeted a picture of the couch Lin crashed on during the early part of his tenure with the Knicks. Another Lin-related victory … I’m sensing a theme starting here. One of the nominees for this award was a picture Kevin Love tweeted of his mustache, but I would also have nominated the picture Ricky Rubio tweeted of Love’s shave and a haircut — who is that guy?

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