Sunday, February 28, 2016

Jimmer Fredette's NBA Journey

Jimmer Fredette's Journey From Top to Bottom

Jimmer Fredette was the biggest star in college basketball at BYU. He was a top 10 draft pick in the NBA. Then, he was a benchwarmer. And now, he's in the D-League, trying to claw his way back onto the big stage in front of tiny crowds with the Westchester Knicks. In this VICE Sports exclusive, Jimmer and his family take us through the journey to this point and we get a behind-the-scenes look at his life out of the spotlight.

Brigham Young University (2007–2011)

Sacramento Kings (2011–2014)

Chicago Bulls (2014)

San Antonio Spurs (2015)

New Orleans Pelicans (2014–2015)

New York Knicks (2016 - ?)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

BABE Of The WEEK 2016: Week 8 — Margot Robbie

theKONGBLOG™'s BABE Of The WEEK: Week 8 of 2016 — Margot Robbie


Aussie actress — Margot Robbie garnered worldwide attention after he breakout performance in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

Since the blockbuster, she is currently one of the most sought-after Hollywood actresses.

Before achieving international stardom, she was creating a minor buzz by starring in the films — Vigilante (2008) & I.C.U. (2009), as well as television shows and soap operas — Neighbours & Pan Am.

While most foreign actresses struggle in their Hollywood crossover attempt, it certainly didn't take long for Margot — after winning Best Newcomer Empire Award and other awards nominations, major roles kept coming.

Robbie co-starred in Focus (2015), Z for Zachariah (2015) and Tarzan (2016). Not only is she considered an A-lister, she's also modeling and doing commercials like her contemporaries from the silver screen.

Most recently, she solidified a deal from Warner Brothers to portray Harley Quinn in the "highly-anticipated" DC Comics super-villain film Suicide Squad (2016).

Her lethal combination — acting talent, natural beauty, and sex appeal makes her a "no-brainer" for the Babe Of The Week selection, "Duh!"

Monday, February 22, 2016

For Grace (2015) — Curtis Duffy's Restaurant Documentary

For Grace Official Trailer (2015) - Documentary HD

Already recognized with two Michelin stars, chef Curtis Duffy has grander ambitions for his latest venture, Grace. If Duffy has his way, his new Chicago restaurant will receive three stars, and be recognized as the best in the country. But first, he has to open Grace to his exacting standards, and this perfectionism will come at a great personal cost. For Grace expertly blends Duffy’s tragic personal story with an inside look at the world of luxury dining.

FOR GRACE (2015) | Curtis Duffy, a renowned chef, builds a restaurant and shows the exacting standards required for luxury dining.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

STEVIE WONDER - Rescued Blind Dog


A sweet blind dog rescued by Animal Planet's Pit Bulls & Parolees — follow the heartbreaking and uplifting video timeline of his rescue below:

Tia and Sugar Hill Rescue a Badly Beaten, Blind Dog

Tia and Sugar Hill head to the animal hospital to pick up a blind dog, badly injured in a very tragic fight.

Sweet Blind Dog Familiarizes Himself with New Surroundings

Sugar Hill steps up to take care of their new blind dog buddy through his post-fight recovery after he's been abandoned by his former owners. It's going to take time to adjust to his new surroundings but he's definitely in good hands.

A Rescued Blind Dog and an Old Friend Are Tearfully Reunited

Sheriff Deputy Trevor visits his old pit bull friend Stevie at Sugar Hill's home. He hasn't seen Stevie since the night he was attacked and is tearfully reunited with his buddy.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Steve Moore — The Mad Drummer



Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably already seen the Mad Drummer, Steve Moore. The video, “This Drummer Is At The Wrong Gig” went viral, getting him over 26 million views on YouTube as well as a guest-starring role on NBC’s, The Office, headlining spots at major music conferences and a slew of endorsements. The video shows a band covering, “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top, but what stands out is the flamboyant drummer who sticks out like a sore thumb on steroids. He’s doing ridiculous stick tricks while somehow still playing a straight forward beat on his huge white kit with pink flames. It was equal amounts impressive as it was hilarious. The second it clicked with non musicians in the mainstream, it was a surefire success. After revisiting the video for what felt like the thousandth time, it clicked that I had to write an article about this. I emailed Steve and crossed my fingers waiting for a response.

this drummer is at the wrong gig
The drummer is Steve Moore (The Mad Drummer) Check out his website at:
It was only a day later when I got the email notification on my phone from the Mad Drummer himself. After high-fiving myself and bragging to my confused mother about my next article, I was ready to ask him some serious questions. Steve was not only helpful, but excited to talk about the road to his success. The wannabe journalist in me should have started with his origin story, but the drummer in me needed to know how he got so great at stick tricks. I assumed the showmanship came from the hair metal era, which turned out to be half-true. His true passion was with heavier bands like Pantera, Iron Maiden, and Judas Priest. Over time, progressive music like Dream Theater and Racer X were his focus then unlike most drummers he went back to appreciate the greats like Keith Moon, John Bonham, and Ginger Baker. Playing music with intense, passionate drumming led to naturally doing some of the stick tricks. It wasn’t until he joined Rick K and the Allnighters, wearing a matching sequin jacket and still drumming like a complete psycho, that he would truly stick out.
If you’re a musician, you’ll find the next sentence as obvious and redundant as the sky being blue. Steve Moore, a drummer, was going through a financial crisis. Sleeping on the floor of a local producer’s studio, he was tapped to play drums on several demos which unfortunately never saw the light of day. He was losing weight at an unhealthy rate and working for scraps. A golden opportunity arose when a large scale cover band, Rick K and the Allnighters, brought Steve on board to be their touring drummer. Although it felt strange leaving the world of creating original music, Steve knew this was something he couldn’t pass up. With 150-200 tour dates a year, it was not only a solid job, but incredible exposure. He never would have imagined one day an unsuspecting person in the crowd would be so impressed with Steve’s over-the-top stick twirling abilities that he would post a video on YouTube and change the Mad Drummer’s life. 
Steve Moore on NBC's The Office
As the video grew in popularity, drummers across the globe were reaching out and wanted a piece of, “The Drummer At The Wrong Gig.” Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, in a full-circle moment, was a huge fan and there are plenty of their performances and experiences together documented all over the internet. Other than the extensive list I was sent of every hero and drum god that he’s befriended, a story that sticks out took place at NAMM last year. Steve walked up to John Blackwell, the drummer for Prince and introduced himself. To his surprise, John was ecstatic to meet him and even called over Johnathan Moffet, the drummer for Michael Jackson, to introduce them. The video helped him bridge the gap from fan to friend which is something most people don’t get in their lifetime. Because of this ever-growing popularity, a new show called, “Rick K & The Mad Drummer” is in the works for 2015. A larger-scale show with over ten people on stage and a bit more spotlight on the drummer. Steve openly admits he hates playing solos, even though he loves watching them. He’s perfectly content being part of a cohesive unit for the rest of his career. When asked about who he’d love to work with, he wishes he could do a record with James Michael (singer of SIXX AM) and joked about “taking out” the drummer of Steel Panther and replacing him before anyone noticed. To be completely honest, I don’t think he was joking.

Steve Moore a.k.a. Mad Drummer — more than meets the eye!
Laughs aside, the future seems extremely bright for Steve Moore. In addition to working on the next traveling show, he’s hoping to do a clinic tour and continue to spread the gospel of The Mad Drummer. It’s unfortunate how many people don’t take advantage of their viral video fame. This does not seem to be the case here. By moving up in the musician food chain, Steve is establishing himself and the Mad Drummer as a brand with his own site. Everything from merch to tour dates are included and the sky is the limit. Getting to do what you love for a career is an amazing feat, but being world renowned for it is another beast altogether. Even with all of the attention and notoriety, it seems this drummer is still searching for the right gig. — Jonathan Diener | NOISEY Music by VICE

TYKE — Elephant Outlaw Rebel


In this exclusive clip from TYKE ELEPHANT OUTLAW, watch people talk about the tragic day the Tyke circus elephant went on a rampage during a performance in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1994. Yet few who knew the animal’s history — and the inhumane treatment she received in the off-season — were shocked about the incident. Performing-animal abuse isn’t new and continues to make big waves.

TYKE — Elephant Outlaw

Tyke Elephant Outlaw, 
the Australian feature documentary film, is to be broadcast in the BBC’s prestigious Storyville slot later this year, following screenings at the Sydney Film Festival, the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival in the UK and New Zealand’s Doc Edge Film Festival.
The news follows the film’s recent world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida, the home of the US circus industry, where it was greeted with acclaim and passionate protests in support and in opposition to the film.
R.I.P. — Tyke (1974 – August 20, 1994) — R.I.P.
Tyke Elephant Outlaw is directed and produced by leading Australian documentary filmmakers Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore, and co-produced by Megan McMurchy.
The film tells the gripping and emotionally charged story of Tyke, a circus elephant who went on a rampage in Honolulu in 1994, killed her trainer in front of thousands of spectators and died in a hail of gunfire. Her break for freedom – filmed from start to tragic end – traumatized a city and ignited a global battle over the use of animals in the entertainment industry.
Like the classic animal rebellion film King Kong, Tyke is the central protagonist in a tragic but redemptive drama that combines trauma, outrage, insight and compassion.
The film includes the astonishing archival footage from Honolulu of her breakout from the circus and the rampage through the streets of Honolulu.

The film also features interviews with people who knew Tyke and were affected by her death – former trainers and handlers, circus industry insiders, witnesses to her rampage, and animal rights activists for whom Tyke became a global rallying cry… often with strikingly differing perspectives on Tyke’s life and death.
The world premiere in Florida coincided with the announcement by Ringling Bros. circus that it is planning to phase out elephant acts.

Tyke Elephant Outlaw was produced with the financial assistance of Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Voiceless: The Animal Protection Institute. ABC Commercial is handling international distribution.
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Tyke the Elephant's Last Day on Earth

In 1994, an elephant named Tyke gave her last circus performance. By the time the dust settled, a trainer was dead, 13 people were injured, and Tyke herself had been shot almost 100 times and killed.

Today, circuses are still abusing animals and driving them to the brink. In dozens of dangerous incidents since 2000, elephants have escaped from circuses, run through streets, crashed into buildings, attacked members of the public, and killed and injured handlers.

It's no surprise that these animals lash out. Circuses use violence, intimidation, and extreme confinement to force elephants to perform inane tricks. These cruel training techniques are used to break elephants' spirits when they're only babies, and they mark the beginning of a life in which everything that is natural and important to these sensitive, intelligent animals is taken away from them. — PETA

Monday, February 15, 2016



As a die-hard NBA fan, I normally get-together w/ my boys and watch their annual Slam Dunk Contest — and normally, always seem to walk-away scratching-my-butt and shaking-my-head in utter disappointment.

Nate "The Great" Robinson — the only winner of 3 NBA Slam Dunk Contests!

Disappointment — time and time again, without fail.

How can the most athletic basketball players in today's advanced and modern era suck at 'slam dunking' a 30" inch by 30" inch, perfectly round basketball?

Is it the lack creativity? It sure isn't the lack of athleticism. Or is it the lack of competition?? Ah, that may be the answer to the continuous 'suckery' that is NBA's Slam Dunk Contest.

However -this time around, I was blessed to have watched the "epic" NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2016 w/ my Dad. As a former-national Ping-Pong/Table-Tennis champion of Laos (Southeast Asian country that borders Thailand & Vietnam), competition and the thrill of watching it, is definitely in his blood — practically making him one of the most exciting people to watch any sporting event with!

NBA Slam Dunk Contests of yester-years were downright memorable & unforgettable!

[FLASHBACK: Amidst depleted brain cells and hazy memories, I do remember watching the "galactical" 4-point play by Knicks' Larry Johnson, "surreal" '94 NBA Finals w/ the split-screen of O.J.'s white Bronco car chase and various "thrilling" Roy Jones. Jr. and Mike Tyson fights w/ my forever blessed -indeed, to have watched these historical events w/ him.]

Fast-forward to this year and rewind to Saturday night, February 13th, 2016, we -along with the whole wide world, bore witness to perhaps theGREATEST SLAM DUNK CONTEST in the HISTORICAL HISTORY of the NBA -starring- Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic) -vs- Zach LeVine (Minnesota Timberwolves).

NBA's 2016 Slam Dunk contestants feat. Will Barton (Denver Nuggets), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic), and defending 2015 champ — Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves)...but, But, BUT this blog post will focus entirely on the "epic" battle dual between two slam dunk combatants that might quite have possibly revolutionized the embattled and stagnant All-Star weekend event.

Please note, NBA's annual Slam Dunk Contest — once beloved by NBA purists, slowly evolved into a stale event in which the participants' ideas became less & less original — as corny/tacky props became more & more prevalent.

After years of lackluster showdowns (Jordan -vs- Wilkins) and showmanship (Vince Carter's historic 2000 performance), this year's 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Contest will go down — if not already become — stuff of legend!

ok, Ok, OK...enough of the babble, let's get down to the nitty-gritty:

Aaron Gordon's 1st Dunk:

Aaron Gordon Reverse, Between-the-Legs Dunk
Check out Aaron Gordon's first dunk from the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

Zach LaVine's 1st Dunk

Zach LaVine Behind-the-Back, One-Hand Reverse Dunk 
Zach LaVine Goes Behind-the-Back then throws down the one-hand reverse jam for his first dunk of the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

Aaron Gordon's 2nd Dunk

Aaron Gordon Between-the-Legs, Over the Mascot Dunk
Aaron Gordon grabs the ball off the head of the Orlando Magic mascot then puts it between his legs and throws it down with authority for his second dunk of the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

Zach LaVine's 2nd Dunk

Zach LaVine Flushes the Alley-Oop from the Foul Line
Zach LaVine soars through the air and throws down the alley-oop from the free throw line for his second dunk of the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

Aaron Gordon's 3rd Dunk

Aaron Gordon Busts Out the 360 "Mailman Slam"
Aaron Gordon throws it back to the Mailman and adds his own spin on the vintage jam for his first dunk of the championship round at the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto

Zach LaVine's 3rd Dunk

Zach LaVine 360 Cupped Slam
Zach LaVine rises up then throws down the 360 cupped slam for his first dunk of the championship round at the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto

Aaron Gordon's 4th Dunk

Aaron Gordon Under-the-Legs, Over the Mascot Dunk
Aaron Gordon puts the ball under his legs while jumping over the Orlando Magic Mascot for his second dunk of the championship round at the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto

Zach LaVine's 4th Dunk

Zach LaVine Windmill from the Foul Line
Zach LaVine adds a windmill to the classic foul line jam for his second dunk of the championship round at the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto

Aaron Gordon's 5th Dunk

Aaron Gordon Off-the-Backboard, Two-Hand Windmill Reverse
Aaron Gordon takes the Elfrid Payton lob off the backboard and throws down the two-hand windmill reverse

Zach LaVine's 5th Dunk

Zach LaVine Between-the-Legs Reverse Dunk 
Zach LaVine starts out behind the hoop and throws down a monster between-the-legs reverse jam in the extended championship round of the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto

Aaron Gordon's 6th Dunk

Aaron Gordon Double Pump Dunk
Aaron Gordon cocks it behind his head then adds the Dominique Wilkins pump for the monster reverse slam in his final dunk of the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

Zach LaVine's 6th Dunk

Zach LaVine Between-the-Legs from the Foul Line Dunk
Zach LaVine takes off from just inside the foul line and puts it between the legs to win the 2016 Verizon Slam Dunk Contest at All-Star Weekend in Toronto.

2016 NBA Slam Dunk Champion

Zach LaVine — Back-to-Back 2015 & 2016 NBA Slam Dunk Champion!

Aaron Gordon had the greatest dunk in Slam Dunk Contest history — USA Today

All-Star Grades: dunk contest — ESPN

"WOWs!" all-around!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

BABE Of The WEEK 2016: Week 6 — Ana de Armas

theKONGBLOG™'s BABE Of The WEEK: Week 6 of 2016 — Ana de Armas

Ana Celia de Armas Caso 

Ana de Armas is a stunning Cuban actress who is creating a scintillating buzz in Hollywood — becoming more & more "in-demand" after each viewing of her on the silver screen.

She was born and raised in Havana and attended the National Theater School of Cuba — scoring her first successful film Una rosa de Francia at the tender age of 16.

The aspiring actress eventually moved to Spain at the age of 18 and began appearing in numerous Spanish television shows El Internado & Hispania, la leyenda and movies Mentiras y gordas (2009) & Blind Alley (2011).

In 2014, she embarked in the next stage of her career — moving to Los Angeles, California and began working with some Hollywood heavyweights: Eli Roth & Keanu Reeves.

She will be featured on the big screen with the likes of Robert De Niro, Ellen Barkin, Edgar Ramirez, Miles Teller, Jonah Hill, Scott Eastwood — just to name a few.

As you can see, Ana de Armas' stock is on the rise (bullish side) and is becoming a very "in-demand" actress in Hollywood market. 

With a plethora of new movie projects with some of the top names in the industry, I'd advise investing in baby bibs and boxes of Kleenex — to protect yourself from all the drooling.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Art Of Giving Dap by NBA Commissioner — Adam Silver

Adam Silver, the N.B.A. commissioner, greeted, from left, Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green at the Warriors’ ring ceremony last year. Silver is known for giving dap, an intricate, intimate handshake, to players. Credit Photographs by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE, via Getty Images

So some Golden State Warriors players were surprised to see how N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver greeted them at their championship ring ceremony a few months ago.
Rather than extending a firm handshake and a cordial word or two while passing out the rings, Silver stood there and gave dap — that is, a more intricate, intimate handshake — to pretty much every player.
“Usually, you don’t see that,” said Shaun Livingston, a veteran guard for the Warriors. “You expect a more corporate-type handshake. I guess he felt comfortable enough.”
That night, Livingston and his teammates experienced what many other players and observant fans have noticed: Silver, who took over as commissioner two years ago, gives dap with great enthusiasm.
He gives dap when greeting players on stage at the June draft. He gives dap to players on the court before games. Theoretically, he could give dap several hundred times at next month’s All-Star Game weekend.

Silver dapped with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson after he was drafted by the Trail Blazers. Experts say his style of handshake may be an effort to project a sense of partnership. Credit Kathy Willens/Associated Press


“I tend to be a pretty physical person,” said Silver, who, when dapping, appears to favor the common three-step handshake plus half-hug combination.
Silver’s multistage clasps have inspired double takes from players and gleeful Twitter posts from amused spectators.
People seem to notice Silver’s handshake style because — as a 53-year-old white lawyer from Rye, N.Y. — he does not really look like a person who would shake hands that way. He laughed and acknowledged that colleagues were not greeting one another other like this when he was a litigation associate at the white-shoe law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore many years ago.
“You see him on TV and stuff, and he doesn’t seem like that type of guy,” said Kevon Looney, who was the 30th selection at the draft last year. “I just put my hand out there, followed his lead, and we dapped.”

Michael Jordan & Jay-Z givin' dap!
Back in 2014, when the public was still just getting to know Silver, “Saturday Night Live” anticipated the humor of this visual disconnect. It parodied Silver’s bookish mien in the wake of his decision to oust Donald Sterling as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling had been recorded making racist remarks about black people, and Silver was quick to act.
“I’ve gotten more high-fives from random black people this week than any week in my life,” the cast member Taran Killam said as he impersonated Silver in the sketch. “And I’ve learned many wonderful new handshakes.”
In the grand scheme of things, of course, the stakes surrounding handshakes may be pretty low. And yet those moments can present a clumsy terrain for the participants, with age, status and race among the potential distractions.

Jay-Z & Nas providing dap!
Silver is aware of all this, and he acknowledged that the handshake greetings he now engages in sometimes presented potential trip wires. He compared it to his experiences going to Europe for games and being unsure how many kisses on the cheek were acceptable.

At the Warriors’ ring ceremony last October, Silver gave dap to 11 players and gave a more traditional handshake to just one: Andrew Bogut, a 31-year-old center from Australia who happens to be the team’s lone white player.
That moment actually mimicked a sketch from a different comedy show, Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele,” in which President Obama is depicted greeting a line of supporters, giving plain handshakes to white people and increasingly cozy greetings to blacks.
For that matter, Obama, in real life, gave rise to a popular basketball-related clip four years ago when he entered the United States national men’s basketball team’s locker room, shook hands with a white team staff member and then immediately thereafter gave dap to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

Adam Silver & Nik Stauskas — Dappin' season is in session!
In the case of Silver and Bogut, there could have been other reasons for the plainness of their handshake, including the fact that Silver, as commissioner, represents the owners during collective bargaining. Last summer, after seeing that Silver had told reporters that “a significant number of teams are continuing to lose money,” Bogut posted a Twitter message ridiculing that notion and another one making fun of Silver’s appearance, comparing him to the singer Sinead O’Connor.
“I recognize they may be conflicted in terms of a relationship with me,” Silver said when asked why he had not dapped Bogut. “There may be something they’re upset about. I’m genuinely trying to read them. My recollection with Andrew was that, my sense was, he seemed more businesslike in his approach to it, and that’s fine with me.”
Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School who has written extensively about management behavior, as well as the N.B.A., said it seemed as if Silver was trying to highlight the ways he differs from his predecessor, David Stern, who was seen to be more authoritarian when it came to interacting with the players.
Stern instituted a dress code for the league, and he helped the owners win big concessions from the players during the last round of collective bargaining, in 2011.
Galinsky said Silver’s colloquial handshakes, in contrast, seemed like an effort to project a sense of partnership, which may be needed with negotiations already underway on a new N.B.A. labor deal to take effect after the 2016-17 season.
“It’s a symbol of, ‘We’re coming from the same place, rather than different places; we’re on the same side, not different sides,’ ” Galinsky said.
The handshakes may also symbolize the ways Silver has tried to navigate a league in which three-quarters of the players are black — and a large majority of team owners are white — and where black culture to an extent serves as a lingua franca within locker rooms.
LaMont Hamilton, an interdisciplinary artist who has conducted extensive research on African-American gestural language for a project on the dap, said the handshake originated from black soldiers serving in the Vietnam War and grew to prominence in conjunction with the Black Power movement.

“This is a secret handshake that’s done publicly,” Hamilton said. “It’s meant to be visible, but only people who understand its significance are initiated.”

Daps, which come in various forms, are now performed by people of all races and ages. The process of becoming mainstream has stripped the gesture in many contexts of much of its original meaning. But in the opinion of Hamilton, it remains an evocative act.
“I hate to put it in monolithic terms, but it’s a way of connecting blackness,” Hamilton said.
As for Silver, he said he was conscious of fostering a sense of partnership with the players, and he refers often to his feeling that the N.B.A. and its various subgroups constitute a family.
“The players recognize that often, I’m in an adversarial position from them, just by virtue of my job,” Silver said. “My sense is they’re sophisticated enough to see and understand that we’re all playing roles. I’m doing a job. They’re doing their jobs. But we’re in the N.B.A., and there is a sense that this is a family and that, at a personal level, we can count on each other.”
Justise Winslow, whom the Miami Heat selected with the 10th pick in last June’s draft, wondered at first whether he and the commissioner were forming a special bond when they greeted each another that night.
Then he realized Silver was offering the same handshake to almost everyone else.
“I thought he just did that with other Dukies,” Winslow said, smiling, in reference to Duke, their shared alma mater. “It’s cool. We were at the luncheon before the draft, and we dapped up then, too.”

Adam Silver welcomes Kristaps Prozingis to the NBA w/ an Epic Dap for the Ages!
Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks’ standout rookie, recalled his own anxiety at that draft. The team’s fans were jeering him as he traversed the Barclays Center stage as the No. 4 pick, but his mind was on something else entirely: Silver’s right arm.
“I was just focused on trying to read him, how he was going to give me his hand, so that it was not an awkward shake,” Porzingis said.
Porzingis watched Silver angle his fingers upward and out, so he followed his lead. They clasped thumbs and palmed each other’s shoulders. It was a smooth interaction that left Porzingis at once relieved and impressed.
“He doesn’t go for the regular shake,” Porzingis said. “That’s kind of cool. That’s the swag we have in the N.B.A.”
It was the exact congenial vibe Silver said he hoped to foster. He hesitated a moment, though, when told that Porzingis noted he had displayed “swag.”
“I’m not going to agree with that,” Silver said, finally. “But I appreciate the compliment from Kristaps.” — Andrew Keh | The New York Times
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