He Suits, He Scores!
Posted Apr 28 2006 11:58AM
From the May 2006 issue of GQ
Eight months after the NBA told its players to start dressing up for work, GQ’s Style Guy, Glenn O’Brien, sounds off on who made the cut, who deserves to be benched, and whose style is just plain foul.
Last fall, a year after the Pacers-Pistons melee, the NBA adopted an off-court "business casual" dress policy. No more chains and medallions, and no more indoor sunglasses. Banned were shorts (even in Miami), T-shirts (holy Armani!), headphones, and headgear of any kind, except "event-appropriate" hats. The league was determined to lose its increasingly gangsta fashion image before its benches looked more NWA than NBA. Would guys in suits be less likely to run amok in the stands? Good question. I remember thinking back in '93, when a Knicks-Suns brawl led to more than $160,000 in ﬁnes, that maybe it wouldn’t have happened if Greg Anthony hadn't been wearing that bugged-out polka-dot shirt. The horror! So now, after one full season under the new code, how's it ﬂowing? Here’s a look at the league's business-chill ﬂavor, from the wack to the shiznit.
SHAQUILLE O’NEAL: LARGE AND IN CHARGE
Duncan is a peerless player and a heck of a guy, but nobody’s perfect. I wouldn’t give up on him, though—the dude didn’t pick up a basketball until ninth grade, and look at him now. Well, maybe not right now. Here he is in Andre the Giant’s shirt and jeans that somebody made artificially wrinkled and greasy looking. Tim, you have three stylish cats on your team—Tony P., Horry, Ginobili. Get them to take you shopping.
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