NBA Style: Early Sideline Style

NBA Style

by Baron Davis

What’s going on ya’ll? It’s your boy, BD. The folks at NBA Style asked me to step in and write a piece for the blog, so here I am!

So much has been made of NBA player’s style over the years: What we wear pregame, as we walk through the tunnel, post-game, at the podium…pretty much everywhere. For this post, I decided to run a counter and turn the spotlight on the guys who roam the sidelines and make the adjustments: the coaches.

Just as player style has evolved season-to-season and decade-to-decade, so has that of the League’s coaches. You better believe that like us, some of them have had some style hits and style misses, so there was a lot out there to work with. Let’s take a look through the years: Sideline Style Part 1: The Early Days.

Coach Larry Brown: Mad scientist…only a basketball genius can pull this off.

Larry Brown talks with his team

Larry Brown talks with his team

Next is another legend…Dr. Jack Ramsey. Talk about sideline stuntin’. That pink jacket is top 10 all-time. I NEED that.

Jack Ramsay Portrait

Buffalo Braves vs. Boston Celtics

Indiana Pacers v Portland Trail Blazers

Am I Doug Moe? Or Ron Burgundy?

Denver Nuggets vs. Boston Celtics

Peep my guys Lenny Wilkins and Mr. Al Attles. Straight style and class. Just a few vintage pieces I wish I had in my closet.

1978 NBA Finals: Washington Bullets v Seattle Supersonics

Portland Trailblazers: Lenny Wilkens

Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

I’ll conclude with a legend that has gone from the court to the sideline and now to the front office with the Miami Heat — the GQ coach, Mr. Pat Riley.

Pat Riley Game Portrait

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

1988 NBA All-Star Game

I mean, what more can you say about this guy? Class, professionalism — he brought that CEO/boardroom style to the game.

Stay tuned soon for Sideline Style, Part 2, as I jump forward a bit to some of the modern style leaders roaming the sidelines today.

Which coach do you think has the best style of all time? Remember to continue the conversation on Twitter using #NBAStyle!


  1. anon says:

    i wonder if the movies played a big role. for example when i look at larry brown i am seeing al pacino. i look at pat riley see see robert deniro. i wonder if these guys saw them in movies, red carpet, in person and borrowed their style. not saying i am correct nor do i know the ages of everybody. i do wonder what happened though, no coach has style except an fancy suit. look at these guys al attles, doug moe jack ramsey i would love to see some flair on the sidelines. maybe this was just a product of the 70’s era because i do remember brown on the Spurs, Pacers, Pistons, Bobcats and he didn’t dress like that.

  2. Awesome blog post Baron! Would be a perfect blog at to help our pro athletes and coaches out with some style pointers haha. Love it!

  3. RKing says:

    I Think Michael Jordan is the best dressed in any sports, no matter what he put on he makes it look good, Pat Riley is next and then Coach Brown. No one else come close to these men in all of sports.