NBA Style: Riley Vs. Spoelstra

NBA Style

by The Style Crew

As we’ve explored NBA style this postseason, we’ve focused mainly on the players. Which means we’ve looked past some of the NBA’s most fashionable — well, occasionally — people: NBA coaches. Some coaches make an obvious effort — we always appreciate Scott Brooks‘ tie game in Oklahoma City — yet there are also coaches who dress as though style is totally unimportant (and here we will avoid naming names in order to preserve friendships).

The Miami Heat have had six head coaches in their 25 year history, but their last two coaches are two of the most fashionable in recent NBA memory. Pat Riley, coach from 2005-2008 and currently team president, became known for his slicked-back hair and Armani suits while presiding over Showtime in Los Angeles and later with the Knicks in New York City. Meanwhile, current coach Erik Spoelstra is always well-tailored, frequently wearing dark suits and fashionable skinny ties.

Our question to you is, which coach wins style match-up, Pat Riley or Erik Spoelstra? Vote in the poll at the bottom, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle.


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  1. Rick says:

    Does Spoelstra ever take his hands off his hips?