Thank You Kobe for all the Memories, The Heart Attacks, The Adrenaline, Your Passion, and Your Hustle.
Growing Up watching You play with my Mom Yelling at the TV praying for the Win.
Growing up in Our House we didn’t have Much, but when the Laker Game came on we got a way to Escape from Reality.
Enjoy Your Retirement Champ.
Happy 37th to THIS guy! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😁😁😁😁👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🎉🎉🎉🎈🎈🎂💕 5× NBA champion, 2× NBA Finals MVP, NBA Most Valuable Player, 17× NBA All-Star, 4× NBA All-Star Game MVP, 2× NBA scoring champion, NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion, Los Angeles Lakers all-time leading scorer, and 3× Gold Medalist
No big deal 😉
Pop stars have an unquestionable influence on fashion, but only a select few have the impact of Kris Wu, the Chinese-Canadian pop idol whose every move is watched by legions of fans around the globe. Known for his adventurous taste in streetwear and uncanny ability to spark a trend, Wu has spent 2016 cementing his status as an international name to watch. From appearing on the runway for Burberry’s menswear show to playing on Drake’s team during the NBA All-Star Celebrity game, Wu has been seemingly everywhere of late—and he’s just been cast in the action film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. On the heels of the All-Star weekend in Toronto, we caught up with the affable star, who talked with us about his love of Kobe Bryant, how he keeps ahead of the fashion game, and why basketball remains his number one style influence.
When did you first become interested in fashion? When I was in my teens, I spent all my energy playing basketball, and sportswear was the main focus in my closet. Afterward, I became selective about finding and wearing clothing that fit my style. That is what gradually grew my enthusiasm for fashion. My style is “Kris style.” I don’t think it is necessary to create it deliberately; I just let it form naturally. I keep looking for what suits me, experimenting and being bold about trying out what I like.
You’re very ahead of the curve; how do you feel about the “trendsetter” label? I feel grateful. Everybody has his or her own style; anyone can be a trendsetter. I know there are many who imitate what I wear, and it makes me feel both happy and honored, because it is [a sign of] approval to me.
What was it like taking to the runway for the first time at Burberry? To be given the opportunity was unexpected but thrilling. I love Burberry’s collections, so doing the show was very special.
You also played in your first NBA All-Star Celebrity game—how was that? Super-cool! When I was 15, I dreamed that one day I could stand on the stage of the NBA, but physical reasons stopped me from becoming a professional basketball player. Being able to participate in the All-Star game and team up with Mr. [Tracy] McGrady made me feel like I was living a dream. I was a bit nervous in the game, but I did my best to score six points. Initially, I felt a bit disappointed about it, but on the other hand, it makes me even more driven to participate in the All-Star game again next year.
As a basketball fan, was there a part of the experience that was especially exciting for you? Seeing Kobe, of course, because he is my all-time idol. This was his last All-Star game, which is extremely monumental! Being able to witness his performance on court is meaningful to all of Kobe’s fans. He is one of the NBA ’96 golden generation, and growing up, I remember watching him, so his retirement has made me feel that my youth has gone as well.
But there were so many great moments. Tracy McGrady was taking care of me like a brother, and we made a tacit team together. I used to play as center or forward, but in this game I played as guard, and he kept encouraging me to break through my own limits during the game. The Skills Challenge excited me as well. And the Slam Dunk Contest; [Zach] LaVine and [Aaron] Gordon were literally flying, and it was fascinating. Then I discussed several topics concerning charity with [former Houston Rockets player] Yao Ming. I felt very grateful to him for sharing his insight and experience with me. I chatted with David Shoemaker, CEO of NBA China; he is very kind, and I told him I would like to return next year. Of course, the most important thing for me was seeing Kobe.
What’s next for you? I will be mainly focused on shooting The Return of Xander Cage, and then I will hopefully do more in music, fashion, basketball, and charity.