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The best style moments at the 2018 NBA draft

The 2018 draft had some of the most adventurous, daring and polished styles the league has seen yet

3:22 PMNBA draft style has come a long way since the days of those Jalen Rose-style suits. Despite their young ages, the first- and second-round draft picks for the NBA have some of the most adventurous, daring and polished styles the league has seen yet. We might even see one of these upstarts snatch Russell Westbrook’s crown, as he is arguably the most stylish player in the NBA.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky) stays loose pre-draft.

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Detail of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s suit.

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Miles Bridges brushes his hair before the draft.

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The 2018 NBA draft, including the first and second rounds at the Barclays Center. (Mark Peterson for ESPN)

The 2018 NBA draft, including the first and second rounds at the Barclays Center. (Mark Peterson for ESPN)

Jerome Robinson (Boston College) arrives at the draft.

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Michael Porter Jr. ponders pre-draft.

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The 2018 NBA draft, including the first and second rounds at the Barclays Center. (Mark Peterson for ESPN)

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Mo Bamba takes a photo of his watch at the draft.

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The 2018 NBA draft, including the first and second rounds at the Barclays Center. (Mark Peterson for ESPN)

Dzanan Musa waits before being selected No. 29 by the Brooklyn Nets.

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Collin Sexton’s new Cleveland Cavaliers hat matches his suit, the same colors as his alma mater Alabama.

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Mikal Bridges enters the draft wearing a 76ers hat that matches his suit.

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Marvin Bagley III looking dapper in a gray tuxedo.

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Kevin Knox shows off his three-piece suit during the draft.

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Detail from Michael Porter Jr.’s suit.

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The 2018 NBA draft, including the first and second rounds at the Barclays Center. Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke), channeling T’Challa aka Black Panther, and Kevin Knox (Kentucky) hang out on stage pre-draft.

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Suits and watches details from NBA draft.

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Loafers were a popular footwear choice among the draftees.

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Another example of loafers being a popular choice of footwear for the draftees.

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Movies

Trailer drops for ‘Creed II’ — and we’re in

Coogler, Jordan, Thompson and Stallone all make a comeback

5:01 PMWe’ll still have to wait another five months before we can see the highly anticipated sequel to 2015’s gripping Creed, but today, fans got their first glimpse at where this next chapter is taking us — and, not for nothing, Creed II looks amazing.

As a refresher: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler reinvigorated one of the best sports franchises of all time when he successfully — and impressively, we might add — persuaded Sylvester Stallone to allow him to move forward with a script he and Aaron Covington, a film school friend, wrote about the unknown son of fictional boxer Apollo Creed. Turned out to be one of the best green lights ever, considering Stallone earned an Oscar nomination, his second acting nod, for the role of Rocky Balboa.

And we got to see Michael B. Jordan bring to life Adonis, and with his love interest played by Tessa Thompson he gave us depth and compassion and made fans fall in love all over again with the boxing movie genre.

In this new film, which opens Thanksgiving, we see Adonis take on his biggest opponent yet: the son of Ivan Drago, who was the villain of Rocky IV. Coogler produces this new film, and Steven Caple Jr., who also hails from Coogler’s beloved Oakland, California, directs.

If you follow Jordan on Instagram — and you should — then surely you’ve seen his intense fitness routine that quite literally has gotten him back into fighting shape. At one point in the trailer, we see Adonis fight-training underwater inside of a pool! This new trailer only gives us a quick snippet, but it also appears that Adonis and Bianca (Thompson) have started a family, so there’s a lot on the line this go-round.

Can Adonis be the masterful fighter that his legendary father was? And can he stay alive while working on that goal? Guess we’ll have to wait a few more months before finding out!

Jay-Z and Beyoncé call out NFL and Grammys in surprise album

Long-awaited ‘Everything Is Love’ features the Louvre and arrives amid G.O.O.D. Music rollout

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I said no to the Super Bowl / You need me, I don’t need you/ Every night we in the end zone/ Tell the NFL we in stadiums, too/ Last night was a f—ing zoo

— ”Apes—”

Beyoncé and Jay-Z just released a joint album. It’s called Everything Is Love. The album arrived without notice, and it is many things that will soon be sorted at length. Love — which has been hinted at, discussed and predicted for well over a decade — enters the world roughly two weeks after the start of the international leg of the duo’s On The Run II tour. And the couple is keeping their project relevant with regard to pointed cultural topics. The NFL and the Grammys — Jay-Z was shut out earlier this year, even with eight nominations — get called out.

Stage diving in a pool of people/ Ran through Liverpool like a f—ing Beatle/ Smoke gorilla glue like it’s f—ing legal / Tell the Grammys f— that 0-for-8 s—/ Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apes—?

As for the timing, The Carters are doing what they’ve famously done ever since they became a couple (they’ve been married since 2008): stating their piece with their music and leaving speculation to the world around them. So, speculation: Could it be that Jay-Z wanted to throw a wrench in the engine of recent G.O.O.D. Music releases from Kanye West, KiD CuDi and Pusha T? And Everything is Love does arrive less than 24 hours after the release of Nas’ new album, Nasir. Are there are still issues within Jay-Z and Kanye’s relationship that we’re likely never going to understand? Or is it just that Jay-Z and Beyoncé really just want to throw their names into the hat of 2018 releases that already houses several stellar projects — Cardi B, Janelle Monae among them — and Drake’s Scorpion is less than two weeks away. How else would one explain that having a date night at the Louvre results in a music video?

Whatever the case, as we all listen to the new songs and watch the new videos and get ready for the U.S. leg of the tour, one thing remains certain. What we’re witnessing is the full-circle moment of quite possibly the most productive elevator argument of all time. More to come.