ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – Over the last few years, what you wear to the Playoffs has become nearly as noticed as how well you do once you arrive. The beauty of this is that you don’t even necessarily have to look good, at least by some traditional definitions. In this game, the goal is have people pay attention to what you’re wearing. And in that sense, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook are way ahead of the game.
LeBron arrived for last night’s postgame wearing what is, at least according to Kenny Smith, a summer sweater. I do not know what a summer sweater is, other than the very term seems like an oxymoron. (You know, like “jumbo shrimp.” Classic.) I am not sure how to describe this summer sweater, other than the print on it vaguely reminds me of a Generra sweatshirt that I may or may not have had when I was in fifth grade. The color is very Miami.
Meanwhile, in OKC, Russ turned up for the presser in what appears to be a sleeveless hoodie, accented by a thick gold rope and translucent glasses. Russ is so punk rock. I interviewed him recently for GQ about his fashion choices, specifically his glasses, and he told me that he doesn’t actually need the glasses — “I have the best vision,” he said. And don’t sleep on Kevin Durant. He may be wearing muted colors, but it feels like he pulls it off.
(Then again, I’m wearing a t-shirt and camo shorts right now, so what do I know?)