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Emoji is the Hot Word for the NBA All Star Game

All eyes will be on today’s All Star Game in Toronto. Kobe Bryant’s final All Star hoorah. Meanwhile teammate Steph Curry who casually made two half court shots in practice will put on his normal show. Then there is LeBron and so many other talented players. 
 
Eyes will be wandering on social media as this week, the NBA unveiled Twitter emoji’s as part of MVP voting. For those that don’t know, an example of an emoji is those smiley faces or other small logos that people put at the end of a tweet or a text. An emoji is basically a logo and the NBA deserves credit for doing this. Twitter timelines will be filled with these emoji’s and each will be a reminder to turn on the festivities. 
 
Here are your West MVP Emoji’s
 
 
 
Emoji's courtesy of the NBA 
 
To me, the most identifiable in these are James Harden with the signature beard and Anthony Davis with the Unibrow. I don’t think I’d think of Kobe Bryant if I saw a snake. Chris Paul’s is easily recognizable because of the CP3 nickname. Of no fault of Paul’s is that bland new Clippers logo that is part of the emoji. 
 
On to the Eastern Conference
 
 
 
Clearly King James is tops on this list. If I see his emoji, I automatically think of King James. I like the emoji for Dwyane Wade. The emoji is very simple but effective with the Heat logo coming from his number. Carmelo Anthony’s emoji looks like he is lacking interest in this game and with the most recent trade rumors, the emoji might not be far off. Some other nice touches is the drum for Andre Drummond and the Celtics shamrock is always identifiable, probably more than their all-star representative Isaiah Thomas. 
 
There are even emoji’s of the TNT crew.
 
 
 
It’s Pretty amazing how popular the hosts of NBA on TNT are but it comes down to the personalities and the on air chemistry they share. I love the food emoji’s of Shaq and Charles Barkley. I know if you see a drumstick, you won’t think of Shaq and you might think of Homer Simpson if you see a donut with a bite in it but these guys are actually bigger than the sport. The most recognizable emoji’s of this bunch are the Craig Sager colorful tie and the Ernie Johnson bow tie. 
 
So don’t be surprised if your twitter timeline is filled with emoji’s. It’s a nice twist by the NBA and a great way to get the younger generation involved. Let’s give kudos to the Association for giving this a try. 
 
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Review of the 2016 NBA All Star Logo

With every All-Star Game, there comes a new logo and the NBA's All Star Game logo for 2016 is outstanding. Hosted by Toronto this year, the game's logo features all the two characteristics that make up a great logo: city, state, or regional relevancy; and simple detail. 


Let's start with the iconic CN Tower as the logo's centerpiece. That particular building is the most known structure in Toronto--and maybe even the entire country of Canada. It's a big part of Toronto's identity and being that the Raptors are the country's only team, it does a great job of representing Canada too. 
 
I think having such an icon is so important, in general, but specifically for an event like this because it is a truly a showcase for a specific city while opening doors to an entire NBA community. You want to show off what you're about and the CN Tower does that. And how about the simple detail? It's magnificent. Let's start with the glass floor at the base of the actual tower: it's lined like the black indented seams of an actual basketball. Beneath than, consider how the tower's shaft is colored and decorated. To me, it looks like paint or the key of a basketball court. 
 
These are simple examples, but these examples, tastefully injected and not obnoxious at all, are part of what makes this logo so special. 
 
Beyond those two important elements, I think the logo has a strong supporting cast of characteristics starting with the placement of the necessary information. This logo specifically places four key things: the “All-Star” lettering, the NBA logo, the host city, and the year. They all blend in so well. It’s seamless, quite frankly. Part of what allows this is the geometrics of the logo itself. The vertical nature of it makes the vertical NBA logo fit perfectly. Pair that with the horizontal shape of the CN Tower’s observation deck and, boom, you’ve got a perfect landing spot for “All-Star” and “Toronto.” I like that the former is placed above the latter because that’s how they rank in terms of importance to the logo relative to the event. Finally, the year is fit nicely on the vertical shaft.
 
In addition to the shaping and the placing of elements, the coloring makes sense. Grey is the dominant color, but after initially being disappointed that red wasn’t featured more, it would be unfit to color the CN Tower red. Instead, red is featured nicely within the logo and outlining the CN Tower, making it the more dominant of the actual colors.
 
Overall, this is a perfect example of a job extremely well done. Toronto is an awesome city and we can’t wait to see it featured in full display this upcoming All Star Weekend.
 
If you like hoops, we think you will dig our basketball t-shirts. Let’s begin in Louisiana with the New Orleans Curse.
 
 
 
Mess with this basketball team and you are in some serious trouble. Love this logo of a voodoo doll going up for the two handed slam.
 
How about the El Paso Luchadores?
 
 
 
This basketball themed masked celebrates the Luchador tradition in one of America’s border towns.
 
We also feature several real Panamanian Basketball League logos. One of our personal favorites is the Caimanes de Rio Abajo. No Caimanes have ever been caught in this region but the locals have sworn that they are in these Panamanian waters. Real or not, the Caimanes have an awesome logo.
 
 
 
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Thanks as always for reading,
 
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