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We All Get Free Taco Bell Because Lebron Choked At Home

Lebron keeps taking L’s against the Warriors this year, but at least one of those losses has led to free tacos for everyone in the U.S.

Taco Bell held a promotion for the NBA Finals called, “Steal a game, steal a taco.” In essence, one of the two teams had to win a game away from home in order to “steal a game.”

With Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors going into Cleveland and putting a beating on the Cavaliers in game 3 of the NBA Finals, we all get a free Doritos Locos Taco on June 13, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m, local time.

Whether you’re a fan of basketball or not, you can be grateful for free tacos.

It’s only one taco per person, while supplies last, but we’ll be one taco richer than we were yesterday.

Thank you for not being able to protect your home floor, Lebron. Even when you lose, this taco blessing makes you the real MVP.

 

 

Who: Taco Bell

What: Free Doritos Locos Taco

When: Wednesday, June 13

Where: Participating Taco Bell Locations

Why: Because the Warriors went to Cleveland and almost made Lebron cry.

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Kevin Durant Invests In Pieology, Battles Lebron For Pizza Supremacy

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The rivalry between Kevin Durant and Lebron James is moving from the basketball court to the pizza industry, as Durant just invested in Pieology, the popular build-your-own pizza chain.

According to ESPN, Durant will not only have a stake in Pieology, but will actually be a franchise owner, as well. Apparently Durant was really impressed with how quickly the pizza was made, and he was sold on the Pieology quality.

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Fellow NBA superstar Lebron James has found amazing success with his investment in Blaze Pizza, another build-your-own-pizza restaurant. In fact, Blaze Pizza was actually the fastest growing restaurant chain in U.S. history. Probably not all because of Lebron, but Blaze’s CEO did publicly credit Lebron for part of their success, saying he’s been a huge help with brand awareness.

Although Durant’s social media presence isn’t as vast as Lebron’s, Pieology believes that he brings huge value to the brand, saying, “We recognize what KD can bring to us as a partner… especially with his social following.”

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We may or may not see him in Pieology advertising, as he isn’t necessarily signing on to be a spokesperson, but it probably wouldn’t hurt as we’ve seen Lebron “work” a shift during his Blaze partnership, and use his celebrity status to help the brand.

While Durant said his partnership with Pieology had nothing to do with Lebron, you have to think he wants to do better than his rival.

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Kevin Durant Trolls Haters With New Cupcake-Themed Sneakers

Many of basketball superstar Kevin Durant’s haters call him a “cupcake” because they consider him soft for joining the Golden State Warriors. Former teammate and current MVP Russell Westbrook first gave him the nickname when he bolted for The Bay Area. Durant, however, has taken the moniker in stride and even used it to troll haters after dominating on the court.

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Now, his latest clap back at the haters has arrived in the form of his new sneaker. According to Sole Collector, Durant’s new KDX ‘Red Velvets’ appear in a box of red velvet cupcakes in a Nike promo photo. Additionally, the official description of the new kicks makes several references to the “Cupcake” nickname.

“At the end of the day, winning is all that matters and anything else is just icing on the cake. The KDX ‘Red Velvet’ celebrates the smoothest player in the game and his undying quest for the sweet taste of victory.”

The colorway for this pair of KD’s latest sneakers seem to be a not-so-subtle jab at Russell Westbrook for giving him the name in the first place. Overall, Durant is being petty but also downright hilarious in the promos for his new shoe.

If you’re interested in acquiring these sweet kicks, they’ll be available on Nike’s website starting September 1st. No word yet if they’ll come with a box of cupcakes, but it would be the perfect finishing touch to Durant’s trolling if they did.

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Watch Kevin Durant Face His Greatest Rival To Date: A Hot Wings Challenge

Kevin Durant may be one of the greatest specimens specifically created to dominate on the basketball court. But is he built to take on a challenge where his success depends on how well he’s able to answer questions while suffering through the capsaicin-raging heat?

During a YouTube Livestream through his channel, NBA Champion and 2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant takes on the Hot Ones wing challenge, while answering some pressing questions.

The challenge begins at the 19th minute where host Sean Evans and KD talk hip hop, NBA 2K, meeting Kobe Bryant, media comparisons, and giving sound life advice to fans while trying to keep his composure.

Durant has no problem getting through the first half of the game, perfect from the field. It really wasn’t until the final minutes of the fourth quarter (last three hot wings) that had Durant in need of a time out.

Needless to say, champions get it done.  Just like his three-pointer against the Cavs in game 5, he sealed his victory, taking on the Hot One’s Last Dab sauce—no water, no milk. Clutch.

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America’s Favorite Fast Food Brands Reimagined As NBA Greats

For sports fanatics, a lifetime can be spent debating the greatest athletes in history. Due to the world’s increasing obsession with food over the last few years, eaters have come to think of their favorite restaurants in a competitive sense, too.

With so much competition in the fast food industry especially, brands are competing on every level in an attempt to gain supremacy.

If fast food chains were NBA legends, which brands would make the starting lineup?

Based on a list of 27 major fast food chains in the United States and the greatest NBA players of all time, FOODBEAST Managing Editor Reach, Co-founder Elie, and I discussed our ideal fast food starting lineups during The Katchup Podcast.

Without looking at sales figures, or locations, here’s who made our squad.

Taco Bell — Steph Curry, Point Guard

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Steph Curry recently became the NBA’s highest paid player ever after signing a $201 million contract. He is considered one of the league’s most talented shooters with the ability to score anywhere on the court. Some may even say he’s the greatest shooter of all time.

Like Curry, Taco Bell isn’t afraid to shoot. And as of late, The Bell has been doing a lot of shooting from long range — and scoring. Having developed cantinas and full-service weddings in Las Vegas, Taco Bell innovation has extended far beyond food.

Still, with current releases like the Naked Chicken Chips and the Naked Chicken Chalupa, it shows Taco Bell isn’t afraid to stand by items that don’t necessarily fit under the traditional Taco Bell umbrella.

Additionally, in 2016, after lowering sodium levels across the menu, it was reported that Taco Bell had become one of America’s healthiest fast food chains. In terms of, “fast food goals,” Taco Bell is leading the way.

Notable accolades: 2x NBA Champion, 2x Regular Season MVP

 

McDonald’s — Michael Jordan, Shooting Guard

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Like it or not, the fast food industry wouldn’t be what it is today without McDonald’s. The same could be said about the game of basketball and Michael Jordan — who many consider to be the greatest basketball player of all time.

Let’s face it, considering its long standing reputation, the iconic golden arches logo and a 62-year history of serving billions of people around the globe, McDonald’s has to be THE role model for all fast food past and present.

Michael Jordan is the McDonald’s of basketball, the player that perfected a style so original, some of the greatest players — LeBron James, Kobe Bryant — have molded their games after him, from the way they wear their uniforms to how they play the game.

Additionally, like McDonald’s golden arches, the Air Jordan “Jumpman” logo, is a simple, yet highly recognizable logo around the world that has served billions of sneaker and fashion fanatics. McDonald’s may even be taking a page out of the Jumpman book now that it’s started bottling its Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, and McChicken MacPoulet sauces.

Although some may say that the pinnacle of McDonald’s (and Jordan’s) hype has already run its course, both brands are still highly relevant, and have single-handedly become global models for success — characteristics that will probably not fade anytime soon.

Notable accolades: 6x NBA Champion, 5x Regular Season MVP, 6x NBA Finals MVP

 

Shake Shack — LeBron James, Small Forward

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Both versatile favorites, Shake Shack and LeBron James have plenty of similarities. James made his NBA debut in 2003, while Shake Shack was founded in 2004.

Shake Shack’s early hype made it comparable to In-N-Out, as the hype surrounding LBJ made him comparable to Kobe.

Despite a 3-5 record in the NBA Finals, there’s no arguing that LeBron is the best small forward to ever play the game, and his career is far from over. In terms of fast food, Shake Shack is still the new kid on the block, with plenty of time to prove its dominance. In fact, it’s only been on the West Coast for a year — and is already becoming a California favorite.

Touching back on the aspect of versatility, Shake Shack is more than just cheeseburgers and fries — as James is much more than just a small forward. Specializing in hot dogs, chicken, desserts — even serving alcohol — Shake Shake can do it all.

As for LBJ, his high basketball IQ enables him to play any position on the floor, while still maintaining his role as a leader and one of the game’s most influential players.

Ultimately, it makes sense that Shake Shack is the most versatile player in the fast food game.

Notable accolades: 3x NBA Champion, 3x Olympic Gold Medalist,  3x NBA Finals MVP, 4x Regular Season MVP

 

Chick-Fil-A — Tim Duncan, Power Forward

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Despite serving fantastic fried chicken, Chick-Fil-A is a bit boring, yet it is known for being fundamentally sound. The same can be said for long time San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan.

Known as “The Big Fundamental,” Tim Duncan was one of the most conservative players on and off the court. Duncan was never in headlines with bad publicity, or spoke out of line when it came to interviews — but perhaps could have done more to improve his brand as a player.

Chick-Fil-A finds itself in the same quandary. Operating under a very conservative business model, if Chick-Fil-A functioned on the 7-day week, perhaps it could shed that conservative reputation and stand out in the crowd a bit more.

Notable accolades: 5x NBA Champion,  3x NBA Finals MVP, 2x Regular Season MVP

 

Starbucks Coffee — Shaquille O’Neal, Center

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If there is one fast food brand that dominates the competition, it’s Starbucks. No matter where you are, there’s a Starbucks location nearby.

The “Starbucks” name alone has become synonymous with coffee around the world — and that’s not going to change anytime soon.

If there’s one NBA player known for dominating the competition — it’s Shaquille O’Neal. Also known as The Big Aristotle, Shaq Diesel, and The Big Shaqtus, the 7′ 1″ center had enough nicknames for every drink on the Starbuck’s menu.

Shaq was known for his big, bold, in-your-face personality, along with his tendency to change teams — like Starbuck’s locations, Shaq played everywhere.

Notable accolades: 4x NBA Champion, 3x NBA Finals MVP, 12x All-Star,  1x Regular Season MVP

 

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In-N-Out — Kobe Bryant, Shooting Guard (6th man)

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In-N-Out has built a gold-plated legacy for itself on the West Coast. Still, regardless of where you live, there are people on the East or West Coast who consider In-N-Out to be the greatest fast food cheeseburger of all time.

Kobe could be the greatest basketball player of all time.

Thanks to his undying loyalty to the West Coast, five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant played 20 seasons wearing Los Angeles Laker purple and gold, and never took his career anywhere else.  Another reason the Kobe/In-N-Out analogy works is that In-N-Out has addressed it’s West Coast bias, and will never set up shop on the East Coast, in order to have flawless quality control.

Thank you In-N-Out and Kobe for the California love.

Notable accolades: 5x NBA Champion, 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 1x Regular Season MVP

 

 

Chipotle — Kevin Durant, Small Forward

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When Chipotle first hit the market, everyone was excited to try this seemingly healthy and convenient form of Americanized Mexican food. However, Chipotle quickly became the enemy after their noro-virus outbreak, which it may never recover from.

Kevin Durant became the bad guy once he moved from the Oklahoma City Thunder, choosing the 73-9 Golden State Warriors, causing folks to turn on him in similar fashion to how consumers turned on Chipotle.

 

Subway —  Jason Kidd, Point Guard

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Subway was the poster child of healthy eating. However, as the businesses aged, its reputation became tarnished with bad publicity.

Subway’s decline started when news that their bread contained a chemical that was found in yoga mats. Things only got worse for the sandwich giant when its long time spokesperson, Jared Fogle, was convicted of sexually assaulting minors.  

Subway might never be the same.

Jason Kidd was one of the greatest point guards of all time, whose reputation was later tarnished with allegations of spousal abuse. A few years ago, Kidd was fined for purposely spilling ice on the floor, during a game no less, in an attempt to gain extra time. 

 

Sonic — Dennis Rodman, Power Forward

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Both Sonic and Dennis Rodman operate on a different level. 

Known as, “The Worm,” Rodman’s on-court antics were some of the most vibrant in the game. Usually found sporting multi-colored hair, painted fingernails, piercings, and tattoos, all of which helped the rebound king stand out in every way. Rodman’s fiery personality was encapsulated in his aggressive and freakish talent as a basketball player.

Considering Sonic’s “Drive-In” concept, a robust variety of different multi-colored slushes and its vast array of hot dogs, burgers, and fried chicken, Sonic can easily be considered the Rodman of the fast food industry — never afraid to do things differently.

It’s also no secret Rodman was the life of the party, The Los Angeles Times reported the Huntington Beach Police Department visited Rodman’s Beach house 80 times in the summer of 2004.

 

 

Domino’s Pizza — Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Point Guard

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Probably the best passer the game of basketball has ever seen, Magic Johnson perfected the “no-look” pass along with other one-of-a-kind methods of delivering the ball to his teammates, and is considered to be one of the greatest Lakers to ever sport the purple and gold.

It may not seem obvious, but considering the digital reach of Domino’s Pizza, it also might have perfected the art of dazzling and creative delivery, too. Over the past few years, Domino’s has digitalized their delivery methods, and provided customers with an ease of access to their favorite slice of pie, simply by sending an emoji.

Another game-changing innovation from Domino’s is the Pizza Tracker application. The Pizza Tracker is a platform that allows patrons to watch their order come to life, even allows customers choose a kitchen theme and name their own digital chef. Lately, it seems like Domino’s is a tech company, that just happens to make pizzas.

By increasing it’s digital platform to more than 50 percent of its business, Domino’s uprooted Pizza Hut as America’s favorite pizza company. Until Pizza Hut learns to play with the big boys, it’s stuck in the D-League.

Who do you think should make the squad?

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Watch Kevin Durant Pick Up A Shift At Starbucks And Attempt To Call Out Names

After his controversial decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant has replaced Lebron James as the league’s villain who will most likely be be booed at every visiting arena he plays in.

The only problem is that he’s one of the nicest, soft-spoken dudes in the NBA, and it’s hard to hate him after seeing him jump in with the Starbucks crew and helping out.

While at the Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, Durant decided to hop behind the counter of the Starbucks store located within.

Being one of Nike’s most popular players, he can pretty much do whatever he wants, and he did, calling out names and handing out Fraps to customers.

Doesn’t look like they gave him a shot at making any drinks, thankfully, but for what he did do, it had to be a treat for those enjoying a drink at the coffee shop.

I think it’s safe to say he won’t be making any career changes, though. That $54 million contract he just got should make sure he can pay his bills on time, and buy all the Frappuccinos he wants.

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Kevin Durant And His Restaurant Are Getting BLASTED On Yelp

By now, you might have heard that NBA superstar Kevin Durant announced he would take his talents to the Bay Area and become a member of the Golden State Warriors.

It should be noted that business is business, but some salty sports fans took to Yelp to express their disapproval of Kevin Durant’s decision, by attacking his restaurant, KD’s Southern Cuisine.

OKC fans weren’t the only people trolling the page. Die hard Golden State Warriors fans jumped in to Welcome KD, while savagely mocking Thunder supporters. It got to the point where Yelp Support had to clean up the mess.

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Within the past 24 hours, Yelp! users have been writing their in length about apparent disgust with his restaurant and him as a person. To be fair, KD’s has a 3.5 star rating, which is average. It seems unclear if KD’s name sake will depart from it’s home on Johnny Bench Ave., anytime soon.

Although it’s hard to believe that the majority of reviews aren’t even from people that LIVE in Oklahoma City, or really even about the food in general — but the trolls keep coming.

User BB (Canucklehead) H, gave KD’s 3 stars, but made a snarky comment about serving Kraft Mac n’ Cheese in a Klay pot. Although, the account’s location is set to Canada. Umm, okay.

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Yelper Jordan C., from Ohio.,  gave a 1-star rating and talked about his dreams getting thrown in the toilet. How can someone be this upset after the Cleveland Cavaliers won the championship? Um, Jordan, you know Cleveland is in Ohio, right? Why are you here?

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Troy A., got super metaphorical. Even found a photo of Kevin Durant in a chef’s hat — or made it. Either way, we’ll be over here if you need us, Troy.

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Charlie S., from Mill Valley, CA said the  restaurant was, “great” but STILL gave it 2 stars!? C’mon, fam!

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Warriors fans didn’t seem too eager to try KD’s but welcomed him in the form of a Yelp review. Because how else would you welcome a new player in 2016? So, yeah.

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On Thursday, as Kevin Durant was introduced to the media by Golden State’s management, he referred to meeting the Warriors as an, “organic” experience, which is ironic because the Bay Area is (probably) full of hipster vegans on organic-only diets. That’s a far cry from the southern home-style cooking his restaurant was serving up in Oklahoma.

Hey, if can’t take the heat — get out of the kitchen.

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Sonic’s New Slushes Feature Crushed Jolly Ranchers And Pop Rocks-Like Candy

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Sonic has now added two candy options to its Slushes menu. The popular drive-in chain is letting customers add popping candy (kind of like Pop Rocks) and Jolly Ranchers to their Slushes.

For a limited time, Sonic patrons can get their hands on the new Kevin Durant-inspired Slushes. According to BusinessWire, NBA star Kevin Durant is now the chain’s “Brand Ambassador.” If that means more items with crushed candy inside, then you won’t hear any complaints from us.

When Sonic’s Slushes first arrived on the menu, last year, only Nerds and rainbow candies were available.

Guests can choose from 28 different flavor combinations. Slushes can also be purchased for half off during “Happy Hour” at participating locations.

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