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The Top 8 Hottest Players of the NBA

While NBA players continue to ball so hard for the finals, the fellas aren’t the only ones finding good reason to tune in. Whether devoted fans or passive bystanders, the ladies can agree on one thing: basketball games mean serious eye candy. Not only do the b-ballers show an amazing display of athleticism on the court, some even sport the sexiest fashions or dabble in other ventures off the bench. Nothing is more attractive than a man with drive, especially to the paint.

Behold, the top 8 of NBA’s finest!

8. Kevin Love

A last name like that already sets the precedent, but there really is much to adore in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love. The 23-year-old is only one of five players in the league to start off a season with thirteen consecutive double-doubles (racking up a double-digit number total in one of either points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots during a game). The forward-center player may also be making his second appearance in the Olympic games this summer in London. What’s not to love about a possible contender for the MVP title?

7. Kevin Durant

Oklahoma City is guaranteed to make thunder whenever Kevin Durant is on the floor. The #35-wearing OKC forward has been the team’s main weapon in potentially sweeping past the Dallas Mavericks during the first round of the postseason games. On top of that, he’s all about sportsmanship. Whether it’s clowning against Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard in coaching the East and West teams during All-Star weekend or tweeting (@kdtrey5) well wishes to injured players Iman Shumpert and Derrick Rose, the DC native is no selfish MVP. And who can forget those long Durantula arms. Consider them better to hold you with.

6. Carmelo Anthony

Though La La may have already put a ring on it (with a reality show to prove it), her main man and Knicks star Carmelo Anthony does more than rack up points. The fully-tatted 6’8’’ small forward also owns his own music label, Krossover Entertainment, home to artists Diego Ca$h and Cassidy. Throw in that he’s daddy to cutie mini-Melo and son with La La, Kiyan, and you have the stats of a bonafide baller.

5. Chris Paul

Nothing like a man with good offense, a lot of which Los Angeles Clipper Chris Paul has. The 26-year-old point guard has been wheelin’ and dealin’ (to steal from Walt Frazier’s book) in and out of every quarter. Whether you need assists, steals or an able facilitator, CP3 can give it. He also spends his down time giving back to the community with his “CP3 Afterschool Zone Program,” offering quality activities for the youth. Paul also has an adorable 2-year-old son who can imitate his daddy’s team mate Blake Griffin’s game face.

4. Kyrie Irving

Before going pro, Kyrie Irving was scoring season highs at Duke University as a freshman. The Cleveland Cavaliers point guard may also be adding Olympic medalist to his resume after being invited to participate in the summer games in London to represent Team USA. Not that he isn’t already well-traveled. The 20-year-old has dual citizenship in Australia, his place of birth when his father played professional basketball down under.

3. Derrick Rose

While most of his post-MVP season has been marked with bumps and bruises, Derrick Rose continues to be one of the NBA’s most exciting players to watch. The Chicago Bulls’ point guard is still winning, nabbing the recent cover of GQ and landing $250 million to be the face of Adidas. The 23-year-old has been considered the Bulls’ babyface player but he has the moves to back it up.

2. Kobe Bryant

There has to be something about Kobe. Despite his marital problems, it seems his personal life has little effect on his professional one. The 28-year-old L.A. Laker has more than enough game to average 28 points and potentially sweep past the Denver Nuggets during the first round of finals, inching closer to beating the Michael Jordan playoff record. He also has five championship rings to show for it. Sure, that other ring finger may need some more tender love and care but no denying a guy who can somehow always fix things up in the clutch.

1. Dwyane Wade

It’s not easy playing for one of the top seeds of the NBA but watching any Miami Heat game will prove that Dwyane Wade makes it look effortless, or even downright showstopping. The 6’4’’ shooting guard has no problems with ball movement or locking in W’s night after night with sidekick Lebron James. The Marquette University attendee also gets major shine in T-Mobile commercials, Sean John modeling gigs, and men’s mags for his form-fitting fashion. Did we also mention he’s a 2008 gold medalist, owns his own charity the Wade World Foundation and is a loving father? Gabrielle Union scored with this one.

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CupcakKe Reveals Abusive Boyfriend Led Her To Contemplate Suicide

Months of abuse led to the suicidal tweet posted by Chicago native CupcakKe, earlier this month. In a lengthy message posted to her Twitter account over the weekend, the 21-year-old rapper admitted that she’s been battling depression, brought on by an abusive ex-boyfriend.

In the post titled “my disturbing read,” CupcakKe accuses a man named, Christopher Terrell, of stealing her credit cards and terrorizing her throughout their relationship.

“This is someone I’ve been dating for the past [five] months,” she wrote in the now deleted post. “Out of the kindness of my heart I gave this man over [$30,000] during this period [of] time because I understand how it feels to be without (especially after me being homeless). He also has threatened to shoot my mom in the face [and] has threatened me on multiple occasions [and] said he can do it because he will get away with it!!!! I have screenshots, recorded calls, bank statements and all types of proof.

“Me being stupid in love I have [taken] this man back multiple times but every time I take him back the abuse gets [worse],” she added.

Further in the post, CupcakKe explains that her depression from feeling trapped in the relationship resulted in her contemplating suicide. “He [has] snatched off my wig in public, broke phones [and] continues to traumatize me every step of the way! This is what [led] to my ‘I’m committing suicide’ tweet…I have called the cops multiple times and they have yet to do anything about it,” she wrote adding that Terrell is threatening her with revenge porn. She also admitted to posting his number on social media, and the numbers of women that he “plotted” with  to steal her money.

“Yes I am wrong for that,” she said. “But by me sending this message out it is not for harm to be sent his way, it’s for the police to make things way more serious!!!! Also this message is for every young girl or anyone in general that is struggling with abuse right now. I get u (once you see the first sign) leave!!!”

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@Chicago_Police y’all really need to do something about @CupcakKe_rapper and her situation, she’s mentioned reaching out to y’all multiple times about this and nothings happened! Please do something before it’s too late... pic.twitter.com/ZczGq1jmcK

— moonlight_baes (@m00nlight__baes) January 20, 2019

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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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