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Who is Kia Motors. Official Vehicle of the Vans Warped Tour:

For the sixth consecutive summer, Kia Motors America (KMA) heads back on tour to nearly 40 U.S. stops as the “Official Vehicle of the 2013 Vans Warped Tour®.” At every stop, Warped fans have the opportunity to catch live music performances from today’s biggest rock and indie bands on ttemp[he Kia Soul and Kia Forte main stages as well as participate in a variety of interactive activities and events at the Kia Soul Lounge. Along with displays of the 2014 Soul, and 2014 Forte 5-door, the Soul Lounge will feature a DJ, body painting and hair styling stations and exclusive daily autograph sessions and acoustic sessions with top tour bands We Came As Romans and Sleeping With Sirens, along with fun activities and giveaways, including a “Rock and Roll” photo booth where concertgoers ca.

n scream and rock out to their heart’s desire and a “Share Your Soul” interactive photo sharing game. Festival participants also may earn Kia VIP passes for exclusive access to a private riser near the main stage providing shade and unobstructed views of some of the biggest performances throughout the day. Visit kiawarped.com for exclusive content.

Source: VansWarpedTour.com

More About The 2013 Warped Tour

Warped Tour 2013 is the 19th annual Summer Warped Tour festival. Vans Shoes is again the tour’s primary sponsor. The tour dates were announced on October 25, 2012. Bands announcements began on December 7 at 11:00 PM during Warped Roadies on Fuse. The Warped Tour 2013 kick off party took place March 28, 2013 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California featuring performances by Chiodos, New Beat Fund, MC Lars, Craig Owens, Dia Frampton, Charlotte Sometimes, Big Chocolate, Echosmith and special guests. The tour will once again return to Europe for the second year in a row with more tour dates. For the first time since 2001, Warped Tour will also appear in Australia.

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Compiled By: Josh Martin

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APRIL FOOLS: Tweets Will Shrink To 133 Characters

April 01, 2012 7:59 AM
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Happy April Fools’ Day!

Rest easy, that headline was just a joke. You still have 140 characters to compose a tweet. Believe it or not: The productivity of the newsroom took a hit to come up with that fake headline. A whole host of people across NPR contributed a bunch of ideas. These were our 20 runners-up:

— NPR Blogger Wins Mega-Millions Jackpot

— Ford: All New Cars Will Have Air Bags For Cats and Dogs

— Citing Safety Risks, 30 States Outlaw ‘Driveway Moments’

— More Teens ‘Going Amish,’ Shunning Technology

— Facebook Adds ‘Meh’ Button

— Facebook App Lets Friends See Your Tax Returns

— Biden Out, Boehner In As Obama Shuffles Team

— House, Senate, White House Agree On Budget

— How Your Brain Is Like A Turkish Bath House

— Limbaugh, Olbermann Plan ‘Unity Tour’

— Scientists: Pink Slime Is Really Chartreuse

— Lady Gaga To Open Olympic Ceremonies With 20 Singing Kittens

— Penguin Brawls Reported From Shrinking North Pole

— Six Surefire Ways To Lose Weight Without Exercising Or Eating Right

— Internet Goes Down. Experts Advise: Reboot

— CPB Paid Clooney, Others For ‘I Love NPR’ Endorsements

— Men Of NPR: The Calendar

— Five Reasons Pink Slime Is Good For You

— NPR Listeners Demand: No More Stamberg Cranberries. Ever.

— R. Kelly Commissioned To Write New ATC Theme

At NPR, running a hoax story on April 1 is a long tradition. Back in 1992, Talk of the Nation ran a segment in which Richard Nixon — played by Rich Little — announced he was running for president using the campaign slogan, “I didn’t do anything wrong, and I won’t do it again.”

Snap Judgment, a public radio show distributed through NPR and PRX, is also celebrating the holiday with a special edition, “Original Prankster,” described as “amazing stories about people who take the joke waaaaaay too far …”

One of our favorite hoax stories came in 2009, when All Things Considered reported from Belleville, Illinois where “the nation’s first farm-raised whales are being grown and harvested.”

Last year, All Things Considered reported on the “slow net wave,” a movement of people who savored slow, dial-up Internet.

Update at 12:23 p.m. ET: Weekend Edition Sunday’s April Fool’s Story:

You can read the show’s story on Beethoven’s 10th Symphony here.

If you’re hungering for more April Foolery The Museum of Hoaxes has a “Top 100” list.

Update at 4:18 p.m. ET: Getting Your Kid Into The Right School Just Got Harder:

Weekends on All Things Considered is weighing in with their own entirely plausible tale.

Meanwhile, here are a few more media pranks we’ve found from across the sea:

Amnesty for hosepipe owners as drought bites
From The Independent On Sunday in Britain: “People living in areas where the ban comes into force on Thursday are to be given the opportunity to surrender garden hoses at local police stations.”

Arsenal launches new fragrance that smells of Emirates Stadium
From The Sun in Britain: “The £23 perfume includes a whiff of oils in the players’ massage area, the fresh-cut pitch and leather from boss Arsene Wenger’s dugout seat”

A fine BROmance… Simon Cowell and David Walliams fool around in the park
Photos from the Mirror in Britain: “The boys found a ­secluded spot to lay out their rug, uncork their wine and enjoy a natter”

And finally, one from the BBC, curiously unavailable on their site anymore, says the Gothamist:

The Earth has exploded, killing everyone

Source: NPR.org

Compiled By: Josh Martin

The little-known actors and actresses who star in Super Bowl commercials have one chance to make a career move after their brief but massive moments of fame. Some do. Some don’t.

Besides the endless hype, one thing, for sure, emerged from Sunday night’s Super Bowl commercials: unlikely stars.

Such as the pudgy geek who locks lips with the Go Daddy supermodel.

Or the super-friendly, super-happy white dude who fast-talks Jamaican dialect for Volkswagen.

Or the sexy robot who beats the stuffing out of the guy who touches her Kia.
Source: USA Today

About the “Space Babies” Commercial:

Kias Space BabiesFeaturing an awkward “birds and bees” conversation between a curious son and his side-stepping dad, KIA’s Super Bowl “Space Babies” ad has all the trappings of a viral smash.
Mixing sci-fi elements with tongue-in-cheek storytelling, the ad — one of the more elaborate narrative ads of Game Day — stars cute babies and baby animals galore.
Source: Huffington Post

About the “Hotbots” Commercial:

Hotbots Kia Super BowlKia made a statement with its Super Bowl ad for the 2014 Forte with a little help from former Miss USA Alyssa Campanella and a handsy, disrespectful media reporter.
The futuristic Forte is unveiled at a media event by a group of sexy cyborgs born from the likeness of Campanella as a slovenly news writer smears his greasy paws all over the vehicle’s pristine body. The cyborg unleashes a fury of quick strikes that send the reporter flying from the pedestal as she offers him a warning to “respect the tech.”

It’s probably safe to say he’ll never make that same mistake twice.
Source: Huffington Post
Compiled By: Josh Martin


Kia Becomes a Time Machine in New Ads With Blake Griffin
By STUART ELLIOTT
temp2A child actor appears as the basketball star Blake Griffin circa 1995 in a commercial for Kia in a campaign that features Mr. Griffin and debuts as the N.B.A. 2012-13 season begins. A child actor appears as the basketball star Blake Griffin circa 1995 in a commercial for Kia in a campaign that features Mr. Griffin and debuts as the N.B.A. 2012-13 season begins.

In basketball, traveling violates the rules. But in advertising, sending a basketball star on a time-traveling odyssey, inside the sponsor’s product, makes for clever commercials.

In a humorous campaign, Kia Motors America and its agency, David & Goliath, are reteaming with Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers for a series of commercials in which the basketball star drives a Kia Optima sedan as if it were a time machine.

The campaign is to begin on Tuesday, to coincide with the start of the 2012-13 National Basketball Association season. The 2013 Kia Optima is the “official vehicle of the N.B.A.”

The commercials feature Mr. Griffin using the Uvo voice-activated entertainment and information system inside his Kia Optima to send him back to different years from 1995 to the early 2000s.

The years, it turns out, are his “Wonder Years,” to borrow the title of the TV series, in that in each commercial Mr. Griffin meets a young actor playing a younger version of himself.
Blake Griffin in the Kia advertisement. Blake Griffin in the Kia advertisement.

For instance, in the first spot Mr. Griffin asks to go back to 1995 and Uvo summons up the song “This Is How We Do It” from that year. He meets up with a version of himself who, based on his birth date in 1989, is about 6 years old.

“Who are you?” the child asks Mr. Griffin, who replies, “You, from the future.” The child wonders if Mr. Griffin’s Optima is his spaceship, to which the grown-up replies, “No, it’s way better.”

temp2Then, in a dig at Mr. Griffin’s reputation for having problems with free throws, he advises the youngster to “practice your free throws.” On parting, Mr. Griffin takes a shot — and misses.

The Kia association with Mr. Griffin began when he dunked over a Kia Optima at the 2011 N.B.A. All-Star Game.

Sports and music are two of the four pillars of the Kia brand’s outreach to its target audience, along with popular culture and what the company calls the “connected life” — that is, technology like Uvo.

“The immediate impact” that Mr. Griffin had “on our brand was incredible,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president for marketing and communications at Kia Motors America in Irvine, Calif., and “proved to be very successful with the N.B.A. fan.”

“We felt we needed to do it again,” he added.

Mr. Griffin’s family provided images of him as a child to make it easier to cast the children in the commercials, Mr. Sprague said, and “within hours” of the casting calls getting under way in Los Angeles and New York, “we had some great people to represent him.”

A different child portrays Mr. Griffin in the second commercial, which is set in 1997 and uses the song “How Bizarre.” In that spot, Mr. Griffin encounters the younger version of himself playing football with friends.

“Wrong sport,” he tells the child, kicking the football far away. He also offers the junior Blake some fashion advice: “Stop wearing jean shorts. Just trust me.”

There will be three additional spots, Mr. Sprague said, to be released periodically as the N.B.A. season progresses. The five spots will run on networks like ABC, ESPN and TNT as well as on the Kia channel on YouTube.

temp2Although football may be the wrong sport in the commercial set in 1997, it is the right genre for Kia advertising, at least when it comes to the Super Bowl. Kia has announced it would return as a Super Bowl sponsor, buying time during Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3, 2013.

Although Mr. Sprague declined to talk about what the Super Bowl spot will be about, he did rule out a couple of possibilities. It will not be a commercial featuring Mr. Griffin, he said, nor, as of now, will it be a spot with the popular hip-hop hamster characters for the Kia Soul.

SOURCE: New York Times
Compiled By: Josh Martin

Kia Motors America Unveils New 2014 Sorento CUV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show

Kia’s Popular U.S.-Built[1] Crossover Returns with an All-New Platform, Sophisticated New Styling Cues and Significant Improvements To Ride, Handling and Comfort

– Over 80 percent of the parts in the 2014 Sorento are either all-new or significantly redesigned, including a new 3.3-liter GDI V6 engine delivers 290 horsepower

– New Sorento will be the first Kia vehicle to offer the company’s next-generation UVO eServices voice-activated telematics system

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

2013 kia sorentoLOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Kia Motors America (KMA) today unveiled a significantly redesigned version of its popular Sorento CUV at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Just three years after U.S. production of the CUV began in West Point, Georgia, the 2014 Sorento comes to market as no mere refresh or facelift, boasting instead an all-new chassis, a new Gasoline Direct Injected (GDI) V6 engine, a substantially redesigned interior and a next-generation infotainment system. Expected to arrive in showrooms during the first quarter of 2013, the redesigned Sorento also adds a top-of-the-line trim level to its lineup – the SX Limited – which delivers an impressive roster of premium features and amenities.

“With each new vehicle launch Kia is advancing the concept of value to new levels of sophistication and with significant chassis, suspension, powertrain and comfort and convenience upgrades the new Sorento continues that trend,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing and communications, KMA. “With more than 80 percent of the 2014 Sorento including new or significantly redesigned parts, it’s obvious that the improvements are not just skin deep; including technological enhancements such as UVO eServices, the next generation of our voice activated telematics system, and Kia’s first-ever blind spot detection system. [2]”

Fundamental Changes Improve Performance, Ride and Handling

If the engine is to be considered the heart of any vehicle, it’s safe to assume the new 2014 Sorento has a powerful ticker beneath its sculpted hood. New this year, the all-aluminum 3.3-liter GDI V6 produces a smooth 290 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and a stout 252 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,200 rpm. It’s available optionally on the LX and EX, while residing as standard equipment in the LX V6, EX V6, SX and SX Limited. Power is routed to either the front wheels or, optionally, to all four using an enhanced Torque On Demand all-wheel drive system that seamlessly directs power to the tire with the most traction and now includes the benefit of Torque Vectoring Cornering Control (TVCC) that aids stability under certain driving conditions.

The 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder engine returns, now as standard equipment in the LX and EX, and replaces the previously-standard 2.4-liter MPI 4-cylinder. With 191 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 181 lb.-ft. of torque on-hand at a low 4,250 rpm, the lightweight all-aluminum powerplant is efficient while still providing enough grunt to perform yeoman’s duty day in and day out.

Regardless of engine or driveline choice, the Sorento comes standard with a smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Also standard in the new 2014 Sorento, Electric Motor Driven Power Steering replaces the hydraulic unit from the 2013 model, which improves steering feel and reduces weight to aid efficiency. New available FlexSteer offers drivers a choice of three steering modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

Just three years into its product lifecycle, Kia’s engineers saw fit to bring the new 2014 Sorento to market on an all-new chassis that increases torsional rigidity by 18-percent. A major focal point in designing the new chassis was to improve ride and handling. Within the engine bay, a strut-tower brace increases chassis stiffness and provides a solid platform for the new independent front suspension that incorporates a stiffer H-shaped sub-frame cradle which offers improved vehicle tracking. Around back, a reinforced multi-link setup utilizes new bushings and mounts to better isolate road noise vibration, while its compact design allows for more interior space.

Sophisticated Design, Inside and Out

In a segment more often known for bland utility, the new 2014 Sorento sports dynamic and sophisticated design elements, inside and out. Redesigned front and rear fascias enhance the Sorento’s road presence with a lower, broader appearance up front and a visually wider stance at the rear. The ubiquitous Kia tiger-nose grille is enhanced with an anodized silver metal or black mesh appearance and the lower valance has been opened to expose an aggressive cross-hatched maw. Front LED positioning lamps create dramatic eyebrows while projector style headlights peer from behind tapered clear lenses. Available fog lights on all trim models have been upended and pushed to the far corners of the front bumper for better forward and side visibility. Horizontally positioned rear LED combination lamps embrace the turn signal and back-up lights, emitting a warm corona that makes the 2014 Sorento instantly recognizable from behind. The new Sorento rides on redesigned 17-, 18- and, a first for Kia’s best-selling CUV, larger 19-inch wheels.

To step inside the new 2014 Sorento is to experience a new level of sophisticated elegance. A redesigned instrument panel deftly combines technology with proven ergonomics. On EX trims and above, the large center gauge cluster features a 7-inch TFT LCD that projects a digital speedometer flanked by easy-to-read analog instruments for the tachometer, fuel level and engine temp. The TFT LCD readout also displays trip and vehicle information, along with navigation updates (optional). The center stack’s appearance and layout has been modernized and button positions have been rearranged for a more user-friendly experience. The new design also provides room for Kia’s new larger touch screen. Diagonally spanning eight inches, the optional screen integrates navigation, SiriusXM Traffic™[3] with real-time road information updates, a premium Infinity®[4] audio system, SiruisXM™ Satellite Radio[5], Bluetooth® hands-free connectivity[6], vehicle settings and UVO eServices, Kia’s next generation of infotainment and telematics. Other new available features in the 2014 Sorento include Kia’s first-ever programmable power liftgate, a redesigned panoramic sunroof with a one piece power-operated shade, integrated 2nd row sliding sunshades, available dual ventilated air-cooled front seats, a 115-volt power inverter, and illuminated door handle pockets.

Using advanced sonar sensors, the 2014 Sorento is also the first of many Kia vehicles to begin offering a blind spot detection system. The system continually monitors traffic around the Sorento and if another vehicle is detected within a set distance, audio and visual elements alert the driver to the issue.

Advancing Value to New Levels of Sophistication: Sorento SX Limited

Shortly after the arrival of the new 2014 Sorento, the Sorento SX Limited is destined for market within the second quarter of 2013. With the success of the Optima SX Limited launched earlier this year, offering a similar appearance package on the Sorento was a logical follow-up.

Offered only in Ebony Black, Snow White Pearl and Titanium Silver, the SX Limited is set apart visually from the Sorento SX by unique self-leveling Xenon HID head lights, exclusive 19-inch chrome wheels and sporty red painted brake calipers. Exclusive SXL badges adorn the exterior to complete the look.

Inside, unique and luxurious Nappa leather trimmed seats, a wood-trimmed, heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats are all standard. The exclusive soft-touch head liner and pillar accents make the Sorento SX Limited an inviting respite from the stress and strain of urban existence.

Kia’s Unprecedented Growth
Kia Motors is one of the world’s fastest moving global automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched more new vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, and under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer earned a reputation as an industry leader in automotive styling. Kia Motors America’s full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has earned critical acclaim and dramatically increased consumer awareness, perception and consideration for the brand. In 2011, KMA recorded its 17th consecutive year of market share growth, thanks in part to the largest increase of any major brand in perceived quality[7] and the industry’s highest brand loyalty ranking[8]. Kia’s U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and builds two of the company’s best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan*. Kia’s value and technology-laden lineup also includes the Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 755 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA. In 2011, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and became one of the fastest growing car companies in the U.S.[9] Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available at its website – www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.

[1] The Sorento is built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

[2] The blind spot warning system is not a substitute for proper and safe lane changing procedures. Always drive safely and use caution when changing lanes. The blind spot warning may not detect every object alongside the vehicle.

[3] Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month trial included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.

[4] Infinity is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Incorporated

[5] Sirius services require subscriptions, sold separately after 3-month trial included with vehicle purchase/lease. Subscriptions governed by SiriusXM Customer Agreement at siriusxm.com© 2011 SiriusXM Radio Inc. Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc.

[6] The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Kia is under license. Other trademarks and tradenames are those of their respective owners. A compatible Bluetooth® wireless technology enabled cell phone is required to use Bluetooth® wireless technology.

[7] Source: Automotive Lease Guide Spring 2011 Perceived Quality Study.

[8] Source: Experian Automotive Q2 2011 market analysis.

[9] Based on 5-year cumulative growth between 12-month retail sales for periods ending October 2007 and October 2012 of all U.S. automotive brands.

* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

SOURCE Kia Motors America
Compiled By: Josh Martin


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Kia Tip-Off: Legend Q &A

NBA legends Rick Barry, George Gervin and Bill Walton sat down with NBA.com on the eve of the 2012-13 season to discuss the top stories in the league and make predictions on the season ahead.

Rick Barry, George Gervin, Bill Walton

What are you most looking forward to heading into Kia NBA Tip-Off 2012?

RickBarry: Seeing if the Miami Heat are able to repeat, as it’s a task that is very difficult for any NBA team to accomplish.

GeorgeGervin: Seeing how the Lakers start out. The Lakers are the team by adding to Kobe and Gasol. They could do some damage in the West.

In the countdown to Kia NBA Tip-Off, what has been the biggest off-season move?

Barry/Gervin/Walton: The Los Angeles Lakers getting both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard.

What do you think are the most important traits for a Kia Sixth Man of the Year?

Rick Barry: Ability to sit on the bench, analyze what’s going on during the course of the game, then enter the game and bring the elements to his team that are lacking at that particular time – and to do so on a consistent basis. It is a very difficult task, but many players have been able to fulfill that particular role. I admire the Sixth man.

George Gervin: The ability to lift their team on both ends of the court when they come off the bench. Putting the ball in the basket and getting stops, while uplifting the team, is key.

Bill Walton: Leadership, analytics and decision making. As a sixth man you have to either let it flow when it’s going great or take over and change direction when things are falling apart. You have to be good enough to be the lead player and smart enough to be a role player, because, like life, things change all the time. You never know how it will play out because the team is built around other people and their strengths. It’s when their strengths don’t shine that the Sixth man has to turn things around and quickly restore order to the universe.

In your eyes, what makes a player deserving of the Kia Most Improved Player Award?

George Gervin: A guy that didn’t get much time the previous year and suddenly plays consistent basketball and becomes a part of the rotation for his team.

Rick Barry: A player who in the previous season didn’t get a lot of minutes, but continued to work hard and remained prepared throughout the season. During the off-season, he continuously worked on his craft and improved in areas of weakness. Once given the chance to get into the game on a consistent basis, he helped his team win games and generally became a more productive and consistent contributor to the team.

Bill Walton: Somebody who realizes the need for constant innovation and redefining himself because when you’re good, the other team puts everything they have into stopping your strength. The really good ones are able to eliminate all weaknesses. Most Improved is making the giant leap from great to better then perfect.

Who are your early predictions for the end of season Kia NBA Performance Awards (MVP, Defensive Player, Most Improved, and Sixth Man) for the coming season?

George Gervin

• MVP: You have to talk about LeBron, he’s really coming into his own as far as living up to his potential.

• Defensive: Dwight has always had that potential, as he blocks shots and rebounds well. I’d also be interested to see what Anthony Davis can do.

• Most Improved: That’s a tall order. You almost have to see how the season and teams play before you can really pick a most improved player. Off the top of my head, Kawhi Leonard here in San Antonio. He had a good summer and he’s a Spur, so I’ve seen him and I’m familiar with his progress, and it’s been unbelievable.

• Sixth Man: That’s also tough because I’m not sure if Ginobili will come off the bench or start. The Sixth man last year could be starting this year, so only time will tell.

Rick Barry

• MVP: Front runners would once again be LeBron James and perhaps Kevin Durant.

• Defensive: Certainly Dwight Howard would enter into the equation or maybe someone like Serge Ibaka.

Bill Walton

• MVP: LeBron, Kobe, Durant, and Rondo

• Defensive: LeBron James

• Most Improved: Dwight Howard

• Sixth Man: I’m interested and excited about guys like Jamison, Odom, Grant Hill, Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. We’ll also see what Jason Terry can do in Boston. If I were to make one pick for Sixth Man of the Year, I’d go with Lamar Odom—he is the most capable, complete and versatile of all the real contenders.

Who do you think will be NBA Champions this year or which two teams would you like to see make it to the NBA Finals?

George Gervin: It’s hard not to pick the champions (Heat), and in the West, I would say San Antonio. Everyone always says how old they are, but they’re very successful and were close to getting to The Finals last year. You have to mention the Lakers too, but it’s still a question mark on how they’ll gel.

Rick Barry: Trying to pick who will be the NBA champion for this upcoming season is a very difficult task, as it is shear speculation. Certainly you have to include the Miami Heat because they are the defending champions, but again it is very difficult to repeat. However, in the West, there are two teams standing out right now. The Oklahoma City Thunder have improved over the last few years, and the experience that they had last year shows that they are capable of being NBA champions. Of course with the addition of Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Lakers have to be a team that would be considered a top team and could conceivably make it to the NBA Finals. I enjoy watching the Finals and whatever teams get there, it will be fun for me to be able to watch them.

Bill Walton: Lakers and Heat in the Finals, and the Lakers will win that.
Source: NBAComplied By: Josh Martin

By: Charles Krome For the fifth consecutive year, Kia will serve as the Official Vehicle of the Vans Warped Tour, while also serving up a bevy of intimate and interactive music experiences in the Kia Soul Lounge. There, concertgoers will be treated to acoustic sets and autograph sessions with Warped bands, a live DJ, body painting, and a chance to make a little music of their own: The Create Your Own Beat station will allow visitors to mix 15- to 30-second music streams, which will then be patched into a master beat for each tour stop, then uploaded to the Kia Soul Facebook page. Created in 1995 by Vans—“the original skateboard shoe company”—the annual Warped Tour is one of the country’s top concert series for indie music fans. And this year, Kia will be running a variety of contests and challenges for Vans fans, who can earn points redeemable for some nifty prizes. Among them: The opportunity to watch concert acts from a shaded VIP riser near the main stages—or from the stages themselves. And about those stages? They’ve been renamed the Kia Soul Stage and the Kia Rio Stage, and they’ll feature a connecting platform, set in the rigging between the showcases, that will put the Soul in the spotlight, too. (The Rio, Kia’s new 40-mpg subcompact, will be on the sidelines for the tour.) “Kia is an innovative company that understands the culture of Warped, and their support allows us to bring back two main stages for the 2012 tour,” said Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour founder and producer. “We are happy to have Kia Motors onboard with us for a fifth summer.” By: Charles Krome

Complied By: Josh Martin