If you’re a professional athlete, specifically in the NBA, it’s one thing to be flamboyantly gawdy, with diamonds or ice dripping all over your body and gators snapping at your feet in every color. But to dress like you skip through meadows instead of smash on rims is a horse of another fashion color.
What exactly is going on with the NBA’s fashion? Are certain members being courted by the fashion world in an attempt akin to the approach designers take to get actors and actresses to wear their couture on the red carpet? Some ballers’ styles are a little more interesting than others.
Russell Westbrook was recently quoted saying that his mother has a lot to do with his fashion choices:
“I ask my mom. She knows what’s up. Before a game, I’ll walk over to her and she’ll tell me no or yeah or to change my shoes. Or, if she’s not in town, I’ll text her a picture. I’ll also ask my brother or my girlfriend, but she’s grown to like my style.”
We are going to have to confirm that with mom because she is not telling that boy to walk out the house in them skinny ass jeans and/or technicolor jeggings!
Now Facebook is on fire with the talk of the town, Mr. LeBron James in capri pants. LeBron and Dwyane Wade seem to be in some kind of competition for who can squeeze their junk the tightest. I thought the skinny pants and shirts were born of the skateboarders cliques but, it appears that lots of athletes like it tight.
Then I thought, well maybe it’s because they’re in Miami. They’re known for flamboyant colors and beach style, but then we saw Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks and we threw our papers in the air and had to articulate it New York style…C’MON SON! What the hell is that?
But magazines like GQ, Flaunt, and Paper are giving him and others of the NBA the green light for the Universoul look. Back in the day, the fashions worn off the court by NBA players like Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, John “The Worm” Salley, Michael “Air” Jordan, inducted them into an elite special task force fashion unit. Our prayer is that they come out of retirement and descend on these new school players’ locker rooms to have a sort of debriefing.
But, I must give them some credit for not joining, thus endorsing the saggy pants craze that just will not die. What would we rather see, a tight fit or wack crack? The answer is: TRUE FITTING PANTS! Contrary to popular belief, the racks at the stores used to be filled with them! Our only prayer is that the NBA’s haute couture does not catch on and we’re trapped between an ass crack and bulging place.
What do you think about the latest style choices in the NBA? Please offer us all some insight while we get Beyonce’s mother on the line.
Russell Westbrook in fashion photo shoot: