Former NBA superstar Al Harrington‘s Violacannabis products company is making it easier for people to stay inside. The former New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers player’s brand is launching an inaugural 420 Daily discussions series.
According to Harrington’s company, the launch will extend the annual cultural cannabis celebration to a full 20-day interactive experience beginning today.
Everyday at 4:20 PM PST, starting April 1, fans and consumers across the globe will be able to tune into a one-on-one discussion with Viola and an industry thought leader from music, sports, business, cannabis industries. The series’ goal is to provide reprieve, inspiration and fun while we all face the current global pandemic together.
Harrington has since come forward to provide details. Al’s aim is to provide deep conversations and excitement with a slew of celebrity faces.
“It’s an unusual time for everybody,” said Viola founder, Al Harrington, “There’s so much uncertainty and even more to talk about with how we all are being affected, what businesses are doing to pivot, while still enjoying 4/20 and the company of each other during this transitional period. I’m excited to share thought-provoking conversations and entertainment through a medium that’s accessible to anybody from the comfort of their own homes.”
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With the launch set to go down today at 4:20 PM PST on the @Viola Instagram Live page, there are a ton of high-profile celebs expected to join the daily series. Past and present sports stars including retired New York Yankees champion CC Sabathia and Brooklyn Nets player Wilson Chandler are expected to join the broadcasts.
The 420 Daily series will touch on a wide scope of topics that pertain to today’s changed landscape as well as celebrate stories and ideas that bring fans everyday joy. Conversations will include Christian Combs and Dreamville’s JID on what new music projects they’ve been working on during the lockdown, MLB veteran CC Sabathia on how the pandemic will affect the upcoming MLB season, Brooklyn Nets player Wilson Chandler on how he’s stayed busy with the NBA on pause, what NBA veteran Stephen Jackson has been smoking during quarantine and more.
Before You Go
Harrington founded Viola nearly 10 years ago. In 2011, he launched the cannabis brand and ultimately turned it into one of the nation’s leading producers and licensed wholesalers of premium quality cannabis products.
The brand is named after and inspired by Al’s grandmother who suffers from glaucoma and diabetes, finding solace in cannabis remedies. Viola has integrated the latest cutting-edge technology with its own proprietary procedures designed for every stage of the cultivation, extraction and production process. The company is known for its wide variety of product offerings including a high-quality flower to premier butane extracts.
LeBron James’ team has won the NBA All-Star Game every year since drafting players set up teams. The latest was Team LeBron going over Team Giannis 157-155 in Chicago.
Team LeBron supported Chicago Scholars and will receive a grand total of $400,000. Team Giannis’ After School Matters will receive $100,000.
The game proved to be more competitive than years past and created a thrilling finish beyond a new format that provided a target score. The idea was introduced by NBA All-Star Chris Paul.
“I know I’m always competitive whenever I play,” Chris Paul said. “But the good thing about our league is we’re always adding things and trying new things and trying to figure out from my fans what they like.
“This was an idea I brought to Adam. Thankfully, we tried it out, so I was asking the guys how they enjoyed it during the game and at the end of the game. So you all be sure to ask him.”
The idea was also applauded by LeBron James stating the game was fun.
“That was fun. Having to play for a set number and seeing that — I’ve watched a lot of basketball in the summertime, and I forgot the name of the league where the guys, you know, their alma mater, they go back and play for their teams and things of that nature, they have a set number they have to get to that, that $2 million championship tournament. Maybe you don’t watch basketball in the summer,” James said.
“After the game, my brother came down, and he said, this has been the most fun All-Star he’s been a part of,” said Giannis Antetokounmpo. “And I asked him why, and he told me, ‘Because you guys were really competitive. You guys were playing to win.’ Team Giannis, that’s what we were trying to do. We were trying to come out, set the tone, play hard. Especially in the fourth quarter, the defense got tighter. Guys were hitting one another. Every possession counts. We had a little bit of playoff intensity out there.”
The NBA will return to regular-season action this Thursday, headlined by a double-header of the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers followed by the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors on TNT.
Hennessy and the National Basketball Association has announced a multiyear partnership that will make the liquor brand the Official Spirit of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and USA Basketball.
The “Never stop. Never settle” mantra of Hennessy will now match limits pushed by those in the NBA family. The partnership is Hennessy’s first partnership with a North American professional sports league.
“We are pleased to be partnering with the NBA, a forward-thinking league that embodies our ‘Never stop. Never settle.’ mantra,” said Giles Woodyer, Senior Vice President, Hennessy U.S. “There’s an energy pulsing through the NBA that compels it to evolve, to push the limits of its own potential. Our new collaborative journey is rooted in this joint passion and will explore the realms of legacy, culture and innovation.”
“Our partnership with Hennessy provides an exciting opportunity to reach and engage with a broader segment of basketball fans around the NBA’s marquee moments,” said Dan Rossomondo, NBA Senior Vice President, Media and Business Development. “As the iconic brand continues to expand its business in sports marketing, we look forward to creating elevated experiences and unique initiatives that celebrate the game of basketball.”
The partnership will kick off this weekend during NBA All-Star 2020 in Chicago, where Hennessy will be the associate partner of the NBA Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles
Memphis Grizzlies rookie phenom, Ja Morant wants all the smoke. He’s got #NBATwitter applauding him after he took apparent shots at both Andre Iguodala and Steph Curry.
Give Morant the Rookie of The Year trophy already, is what many NBA fans are saying. Morant had Twitter buzzing following comments he made when it was reported by David Aldrige that the Memphis Grizzlies and Andre Iguodala “mutually agreed” that he would not suit up for the team this season.
The electric guard agreed with the sentiments of teammate Dillon Brooks sharing a Tweet from sports columnist Mark Giannmoto that shared Brooks feelings towards Iggy:
“I can’t wait till we find a way to trade him so we can play him and show him really what Memphis is about.”
Both comments came following the Grizzlies victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night (Feb.3).
Currently injured Golden State Warriors’ sharpshooter, Steph Curry caught wind of the comments and replied to Morant by sharing a photo of his former teammate holding the Larry O’Brien trophy with the shush emoji.
Morant didn’t back down and kept the same energy replying under a Tweet shared by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols with a picture of Kevin Durant holding his finals MVP trophy. Twitter users quickly assumed he meant that without Durant’s help, Curry or Iguadola wouldn’t have those rings he would be boasting about.
We love this kid, we really do. Unfortunately, the Grizzlies and Warriors will not meet up again this season, we definitely will be marking the games off on our calendar cause things will get spicy on that court. You can peep all of the reactions in the gallery below.
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Following the news of the Jan.26 helicopter crash that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people, all eyes were focused on LeBron James socials to hear what he would have to say. His silence was deafening, but since breaking his silence, he is letting the world know he truly misses the Black Mamba.
3 days ago, Bron revealed in a touching Instagram post that he dig deep to write the caption honoring the Laker legend and his niece Gigi. It was clear James took Bryant’s death very hard, which came on the heels on him passing Kobe on the NBA all-time scoring list and hearing Bryant’s voice one last time before he died.
Now TMZ is reporting that James honored his brother/friend by immortalizing him with a new tattoo. LeBron gave us a glimpse of the body ink during a football-inspired workout. It’s hard to really make out due to the fact it’s wrapped in saran wrap to protect it, but the celebrity gossip site believes its a black mamba with the words “Mamba 4 Life” written underneath it.
Bron wasn’t alone either, Anthony Davis joined him on Wednesday getting fresh ink done by tattoo artist Vanessa Aurelia to honor Kobe.
According to TMZ, Bron plans to do a big reveal of his new body art on his Instagram account before tonight’s emotional matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. It will be the first time the Lakers take the court since Bryant’s death. The Lakers were supposed to play the Clippers earlier this week, the game was postponed “out of respect” for the organization. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith respectfully disagreed on the decision.
"Totally respect where the NBA, the Lakers organization and everybody is coming from. I just respectfully disagree with the decision."
It’s been 5 days since Kobe and Gigi’s death but reactions are still coming in from those who extremely close to them. Wednesday, Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, broke her silence a day ago change her IG avi and posting a loving tribute to her husband and daughter. Kyrie Irving who called Kobe his mentor spoke about Bryant following a Nets victory Wednesday night while visibly shedding tears.
We expect plenty of other NBA players, athletes, rappers and fans to follow Bron and Davis by getting tattoos to honor Kobe.
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Kobe Bryant revealed that he considered Brooklyn Nets’ crafty point guard one of the players he is closest to in the league, so it made sense why Irving found it difficult to play following the news of his passing. Yesterday, he broke his silence on the unexpected loss of his mentor.
Irving returned back to NBA action on Wednesday (Jan. 29), leading his Brooklyn Nets to a 125 -115 victory over the Detroit Pistons. It was an emotional night for Irving who took the night off on the day Bryant, 41, his daughter Gianna, 13, and 7 other passengers died in a helicopter crash.
During the post-game interview immediately following the game, Irving broke his silence while letting the tears flow talking about the man he considered as someone he could always rely on for some sound advice.
In another interview with the press, Irving spoke his close relationship with the Black Mamba.
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,”
“I had that mentorship relationship with him, where I was able to ask him almost anything. You know no matter how nervous I was or how fearful I was, he was just easy to approach with those type of questions about what goes on in the day-in and day-out basis of chasing something that’s bigger than yourself and when you’re trying to leave a legacy or something of a mark on a game.”
He further added, “I’m glad that he’s getting his just due in his legacy now more than ever.” Irving’s comments followed LeBron James and Bryant’s wife Vanessa who understandably both needed some time before speaking.
#MambaMentalityForever, you can watch Kyre reflect on Kobe in the videos above and below.
Late NBA icon Kobe Bryant‘s family is speaking out. The Los Angeles Lakers legend’s wife Vanessa has come forward to share her state of mind 72 hours after losing her longtime husband.
Big Facts: On Wednesday, Bryant went to her social media pages to thank fans for sharing prayers and positive thoughts to her family since Kobe’s passing.
On A Related Note: A new petition has called for TV network Fox to cut ties with gossip site TMZ for leaking the shocking news of KB’s passing to the world before his family had a chance to speak out.
TMZ is a tabloid news website owned by WarnerMedia and carried by Fox Television Stations that reports on Celebrity and influencer news. TMZ has a history of harassing celebrities and crossing so many lines, but this time they went too far. Basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a horrific helicopter crash, and TMZ LEAKED the news before the authorities were even able to notify the family. That means that Vanessa Bryant found out about the death of her husband and child through TMZ, tweets, or comments. This is beyond not ok, and its time that Fox and Warner take away their platform. Sign the petition to get TMZ taken down once and for all! (Change.org)
Wait, There’s More: This week, various NBA legends spoke out on the world losing a living role model and mogul.