After spending a few years as a member of the New York Knicks coaching staff, Chris Brickley decided to take a leap of faith and go solo as a basketball trainer. He started his very own company dubbed “Black Ops Basketball” last summer, and the success came quickly!
Footage of Brickley’s exclusive workouts instantly went viral on Instagram this past summer, in large part due to notable hoopers such as LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and James Harden working out and scrimmaging at Brickley’s home court here in NYC.
The list doesn’t stop there, the 31-year-old’s clientele also includes Brandon Jennings, Ernes Kanter, C.J. McCollum, Tim Hardaway Jr., Joel Embiid, Wilson Chandler, J.R. Smith, and more.
Brickley’s killing the game right now as a trainer, and basketball influencer, he currently has over 300k Instagram followers, more followers than some of his star athlete clients.
Brickley is also very much into fashion as he is into teaching the fundamentals of basketball. He sports a bevy of tattoos, and you can catch him on the regular lacing up a pair of fresh kicks, and clothed in sought-after apparel by fashion brands like Alexander Wang, Bape, Off-White, and Supreme. Brickley’s passion for fashion has lead to the creation of his own clothing line “Color Blind” which stocks graphic hoodies and t-shirts.
Fashion is a common interest Brickley shares with some of his NBA clients, they talk about fashion and sneakers all the time. ” I think it helps the relationship, I’m really into fashion, It’s something I’ve been into my whole life.” Says Brickley.
We had the pleasure of speaking to Brickley at Foot Locker’s 34th Street Flagship location where he hosted a gifting suite to bring awareness to his ambassador role with RAISED— a premium sportswear brand that celebrates the game, global hoop culture and everyone who has touched it.
The RAISED Varsity Collection features an assortment of city-specific sweatshirts, hoodies, sweatpants, windbreakers, tees, hats, and socks.
Check out our full conversation with C. Brickley Below:
How did you get involved with the RAISED Brand?
RAISED’s founder Justin, who I’ve known for a bit informed me about the brand and campaign, celebrating the culture of basketball. Everyone has their own story through the game of basketball. Basketball raised me, it made sense for me to do this campaign with the RAISED brand. I think it’s dope, the meaning is NYC basketball culture. I think that’s pretty cool.
What are some of your favorite pieces from RAISED “Varsity” Collection?
Yea man, I like the hoodies, the different color strings, the details are really dope. I like the colorways, and “Make Your Name, Take Your Name” shirts as well. That’s basketball, when you step on the court, you have to prove your own, I like it.
Who can you see rocking RAISED?
I think RAISED targets everyone. It represents every neighborhood, person in every community center, everyone who is a fan of basketball culture. Everyone has their own stories of what basketball means to them, everyone who has a story of how basketball has touched them can wear RAISED and speak about it.
Out of all the NBA players that you are friends with, who do you think is the most stylish?
I like Russell Westbrook, I’m a big fan of the way Russ dresses, he expresses himself, doesn’t follow trends, he kind of makes his own trends and I respect that.
Who’s the first player you’d call to go shopping for gear with you?
Ummm..I would say Russell Westbrook or D’Angelo Russell.
You’re setting a trend, as a hip, fashion-conscious, NBA Trainer. What do you think about that?
I think it’s dope, my main goal is to help my clients become the best they can be, I think my interest in fashion helps the relationship (with players.) It’s not like I fake I’m into fashion, I’m really into fashion. I have my own fashion line “Color Blind,” and I have the opportunity now with RAISED. Fashion is something I’ve been into my whole life. It’s cool choppin’ it up with the players, talking about fashion, it’s all about expressing yourself. That’s what life is about.
Will we be seeing more from your clothing line Color Blind soon?
Yea for sure, we have some big plans and collabs coming up, I’m excited about that.
Photos via Foot Locker