There was a picture that made the rounds earlier this NBA season that showed Dwyane Wade & LeBron James all swagged out next to Derrick Rose & Luol Deng dressed in finely tailored suits. It read, swag is for boys, class is for men. It was fitting and exemplified the business like approach of Rose & Deng, and the look at me silliness of James & Wade. If you haven’t seen it, you’ll probably vomit at Wade’s white capri pants-no socks look that’s a new age wannabe version out of the Sonny Crockett collection.
The new school style has become a horrible trend throughout these NBA playoffs. It’s as if star players saw the reaction that Wade has received, and figured a shock and awe wardrobe would lead to free clothes from multiple different designers. You aren’t making a statement, fellas, you’re giving us multiple reasons to bust your balls with your Craig Sager look. Chuck Woolery and his gear from Pierre Cardin think you look awesome.
What the swagged out look is really all about is drawing attention to yourself. James Harden, Rajon Rondo, Clippers knucklehead Nick Young & others could care less what they look like, as long as it gets them featured on TNT’s Inside The NBA. It’s ridiculous and becoming one of the top reasons why people hate the NBA (the refs, the flopping & double standards for star players are the others this playoff season). Much like today’s commercialized music, certain ballers’ fashion sense has proved to be insufferable. Your taste in clothing should define who you are, but these guys are more interested in shameless & soul-less double takes that are designed to show their edge. Cool.
What happened to wearing a fine tailored suit to the post game press conference like Michael and Scottie did? If the old school suit route isn’t you, take a page out of Steve Nash’s book and pimp the expensive casual look. Those with a clue will appreciate your taste and not look at you like you smoked 3 joints before getting dressed (even if you might have).
When a guy like Russell Westbrook wears red glasses that don’t have lenses in them, and pimps his outfit to Charles & the TNT crew, it’s proof he’s trying too hard. Isn’t dropping 37 points and setting up Kevin Durant for a game winning 3, or dropping 28, 4 & 3 in the game 5 clincher vs the Lakers enough for him? What is the advantage of looking like a modern version of Carlton Banks when you’re evolving into a top 10 player in the league?
I appreciated Allen Iverson’s “this is me, I don’t give a shit what you think” look because it was real. He wasn’t biting anyone else’s style & wanted no part in changing his image no matter what Stern and the NBA desired. Jordan, despite shockingly losing his fashion sense the past few years, felt obligated to always look the part. What he wore to the game was a part of the job, and he took it seriously. And it’s no coincidence that he always looked GQ photo shoot ready. If you brought up the geek sheek look to him, he’d probably punch you in the face like you were Steve Kerr.
I’m not ignorant to fashion by any means, but yellow pants and wearing sunglasses indoors (with or without lenses, of course) do nothing but make you look like an asshole. And when you’re going for the shock and “what the fuck?” reaction, you know you’re a walking fashion disaster. Tell me, how long did D Wade’s band-aid under the eye/Nelly rip off look last? What was it, one all-star weekend? When Kobe shakes his head at these swagtastic amateurs, I’m with him 100%.
Swag is not only for boys, it’s for clowns that care as much about looking good for post game interviews as they do working on weaknesses in their game before tip-off. You aren’t crossing any fashion barriers, you aren’t Kanye or a whorey Kardashian loaded with STD’s & this isn’t a Rick Ross video. And despite the awful choice in clothing, hot groupie skanks somehow still do anything to bang you. All you’re doing is bringing to light your inner doucheness. And when you can ball like Harden & Rondo, why put the focus on anything other than your insane talent?