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Why Are So Many NBA Players Like Steve Nash & Kobe Bryant Taking Extreme Fashion Risks Before Games?

Submitted by on November 2, 2012 – 10:25 amOne Comment

There’s a trend going on in the NBA right now. But, it has absolutely nothing to do with what’s going on on the court right now. It also has nothing to do with what’s going on in front offices across the league. Hell, it barely has anything to do with basketball! The trend that’s going on is that more and more players are taking crazy fashion risks when it comes to picking out which outfits they wear before they show up for games. TV networks like TNT and ESPN are in on this trend, too, as they now frequently spotlight players walking into the arena prior to games and make jokes about them. And, rather than don a simple suit to avoid making a fashion faux pas, players are continuing the trend by going further and further out on a limb for the sake of making a fashion statement.

Two guys who made big statements before their games on opening night this year were Los Angeles Lakers teammates Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. Nash wore a salmon-colored sweater, a blue and pink bow tie, and carried some sort of Louis Vuitton man-purse as he walked into the Staples Center on Tuesday night. He looked like he was doing his best Pee Wee Herman impression or something and almost seemed to be poking fun at the NBA fashion trend—while simultaneously looking like a complete jackass. Bryant, on the other hand, looked much more dapper in his outfit. But, he also carried a man-purse that caught the eye of more than a few fashion bloggers.

So, we’ve gotta ask the question: What gives, guys? Are you really that into fashion right now—or are you simply trying to follow the trend that guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Russell Westbrook helped make more popular than ever last year? We appreciate your interest in fashion, and we don’t mind you wearing something that comes straight off of your stylist’s rack. But, to be honest, it’s hard to take someone like Nash seriously out on the court when we’re seeing these images like the one you see above flash across our Twitter feeds during the first quarter. And, although we’re not petty enough to believe that a player’s fashion choices affect his performance on the court, we also know that NBA fans are going to question a guy who looks like it took him two hours to get ready to walk into the arena if he comes out playing sloppy in the first quarter of a game. So, maybe you guys should relax with the fashion statements a bit and concentrate on what you’re getting paid millions of dollars to do—play basketball. If you guys want to get all dolled up after the game when they head out to dinner or to the club, that’s cool. But, if we see one more man-purse, we swear we’re gonna lose it.

Gym bags and sweats are your friends, fellas. We don’t mind you looking nice—and we know David Stern still has that pesky dress code in place—but, we really don’t want it to look like you spent more time getting ready for a game than most guys do for their weddings. Cool?

What do you think about the trend of NBA players getting super dressed up for games? Do you like it—or do you wish players would tone it down a little bit this season?

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