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As if there aren't enough tall people descending on the city right now—with hundreds of models hitting the runway for New York Fashion Week—the NBA decided to add even more by hosting its annual All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden this Sunday. And with it comes not only superstars like LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, but also plenty of excuses to shop. Here's a handy rundown of where to hit up over the next few days to get into the basketball spirit.
The Starter x Villa Clubhouse
Inside Times Squares' Paramount Hotel (235 West 46th Street), you'll find the popular sports gear company The Starter teaming up with Philadelphia-based retailer Villa to bring sports fans exclusive gear that represents their favorite teams—both NBA and otherwise. It's open through Sunday from 11am to 8pm daily, with extended hours until 10pm on Friday and Saturday.
The NBA Store
Basketball's retail home (for now) at 590 Fifth Avenue has plenty of All-Star-themed gear on sale right now, from mini-basketballs featuring the New York City-themed five-borough star to muscle tanks and warmup jackets for women. Plus, a purchase of $100 or more gets you a free t-shirt.
Midtown's Refinery Hotel (63 West 38th Street) is playing host to this pop-up that's a joint effort between Packer Shoes and SneakerNstuff, featuring exclusive product from the likes of Reebok and Mitchell & Ness. It opened this morning and only runs through Sunday, but it's got a full slate of events planned out, like appearances by NBA legends Allen Iverson and Shaq.
Nike's Two Pop-Up Shops
Since the Barclays Center is hosting some of the NBA's official events this weekend, Nike is getting as close to the action as possible with a pop-up shop across the street (166 Flatbush Ave), The Real Deal reports. It'll be a showcase for their Jordan collection—billed as "the ultimate sneaker boutique"—and will have appearances from mystery guests. The brand is also setting up shop on the Bowery right now—look out for more on that later on.
So this isn't exactly shopping, but you might as well pay tribute to the athletes working up a sweat on the court by getting your own heart rate up. Between Friday and Monday, the strength training studio is putting a basketball slant on all of their classes—that means there'll be an emphasis on jumping, sprinting, and rebounding using some of the same exercises that the all-stars do. If you're new to Tone House, your first class is just $20.