Kevin Durant Releases 2 New Colorways for Nike KD16
When Kevin Durant takes the court for the Phoenix Suns this fall, he’ll be sporting all-new looks to his Nike KD16. First previewed in the NBA Playoffs last season, the “Pathways” pack colorways — “Pathway to Royalty” and “Emotional Pathways” — boast the same tech features as previous iterations of the shoe, including a multi-layer mesh upper that hugs the foot and a bottom-loaded Zoom Air unit. Also like previous versions, the new colorways flow in a fresh, functional fashion for an easy-to-identify stance that can be spotted from the nosebleeds. Durant‘s latest colorways of the Nike KD16 were released at Nike and select stockists on Friday.
Rihanna & Puma are Back Together with Avanti Shoe Release
It’s been a minute — six years, to be exact — but Rihanna and Puma are finally back together. After taking time off from her partnership with the German sportswear company, the new mom of two announced her return with a brand new sneaker design called “Avanti.” Priced at $160, the trainer is a hybrid style that combines Puma’s King football boot and Easy Rider running shoe. Design highlights include a retro leather upper that arrives in black and white or flashy silver, a foldable tongue, and a gum sole. In addition to standard sizing, Avanti sneakers also boast kid, preschooler, and infant versions. “This time around, we expanded our creations to kids ’cause I selfishly want my boys in everything their dad and I wear or design,” Rihanna joked to Vogue. The Avanti shoe drops on Sept. 15.
Bears QB Justin Fields Scores Long-term Partnership With Reebok
Justin Fields is officially a Reebok athlete. The brand announced its long-term partnership with the Chicago Bears play-caller on Thursday, adding that it marks the starting point of Reebok’s long-term strategy to reenter the team sports space. With this move, Reebok imagines more signees not only in football but in basketball and beyond. “Not only have they launched iconic offerings with legends like Allen Iverson and Shaq that shaped sports culture in the ‘90s, but they also have the attitude and energy to reshape the future of Sport once again,” Fields said. The 24-year-old is also also an ambassador at OWYN, Bose, Chipotle, Beyond Meat, Oakley, and more.
Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Wayne, Doja Cat Among 2023 MTV VMA Performances
After making her debut at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards, Olivia Rodrigo is set to return for a special performance at this year’s event on Sept. 12. Also scheduled to perform and make a long-awaited return is Lil Wayne, a nominee this year for Best Hip-Hop who will perform his new single — “Kat Food” — live for the first time. Rounding out the onstage entertainers inside New Jersey’s Prudential Center are Anitta, Doja Cat, Kelsea Ballerini, and TOMORROW X TOGETHER. A few famous faces who will be presenting awards include Bebe Rexha, Charli and Dixie D’Amelio, Rita Ora, Sabrina Carpenter, Coco Jones, GloRilla, Emily Ratajkowski, French Montana, Ice Spice, and Jared Leto. Last year, Nicki Minaj, Jack Harlow, and LL Cool J served as VMA emcees, but as of now, no host has been announced for this year’s festivities.
LSU to Make Kim Mulkey the Highest-paid Coach in College Women's Hoops History
After leading the LSU women’s basketball team to its first NCAA national championship, head coach Kim Mulkey has reportedly agreed to a new 10-year, $32 million contract with the Tigers. The deal is pending approval from the university’s board of supervisors before it can be officially signed. Should the board allow it, it will become the richest total contract in women’s college basketball history. Mulkey has led teams to four national championships, winning three at Baylor and nabbing her fourth at LSU in April when the Bayou Bengals beat Iowa 102-85 in the title game.
Billionaire François-Henri Pinault Takes Majority Stake in CAA
CAA has a new majority owner. Per The New York Times, the talent agency giant led by Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane, and Richard Lovett has sold a majority stake to Artémis, the investment firm controlled by billionaire businessman François-Henri Pinault, CEO of luxury goods firm Kering. Kering also owns brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, and Alexander McQueen. CAA’s roster of A-list clients includes Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Zendaya, and Pinault’s wife, actress Salma Hayek Pinault. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though former majority owners TPG, a private equity firm, was reportedly seeking a valuation of about $7 billion.