NBA Style

Dwight Howard’s New Signature Adidas Shoe

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERDwight Howard will be in a new uniform this season, and he’ll be wearing new shoes as well. On November 1, adidas will be dropping the D Howard 4, the latest in his line of signature shoes. They gave us a sneak peek of the shoes today.

According to adidas: “The spiral wave design on the shoe’s upper is inspired by Dwight’s playing style and how he circles the paint protecting the rim by blocking shots and grabbing rebounds. The bright color palette of this Yellow-Gold-Blue colorway was selected to match Dwight’s personality while the tongue and three-stripes branding both feature a chrome treatment to stand out on the court.”

The D Howard 4 will be available on starting Nov. 1. Check the gallery below for pics…

Russell Westbrook Wears Most Fashion-Forward Outfit Yet

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have done our best to aggressively cover NBA Style here at the All Ball blog, which meant, particularly during the Playoffs, seeing numerous players come in and out of the arenas dressed like they were in a fashion show. But as great as most of the guys looked, only a few put in that kind of effort 24/7, wearing outfits that are certain to get people talking when appropriate.

For OKC guard Russell Westbrook, that means pretty much all the time. Last night, for the Teen Choice Awards, Westbrook broke out an outfit that prety much defies description. I’ll just link to it here and note that when Westbrook posted this photo on Instagram last night, he immediately became a worldwide trending topic. As Westbrook himself likes to say, “Why not?”

NBA Style: Draft Spotlight

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by The Style Crew

The NBA Draft is a life-changing event, and many players dream about the chance to walk across the stage after hearing their names called. While the memories will stay with them forever, so will their fashion statements. Some players stick to the basics, while others rock styles that are talked about for years after.

As the NBA gears up for the 2013 Draft presented by State Farm, let’s take a look at the Top 12 picks from 2012. While their games eventually did the talking during their rookie campaigns, it was their style on Draft night that made the first statement. As always, keep up with the conversation using #NBAStyle.

1. Anthony Davis

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Ex-Hawks Star Willis Still Flying High In World Of Fashion

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by Tracy Weissenberg

When you enter the Willis & Walker Atlanta showroom, you immediately notice the details. The room is made to welcome the customer, make him feel as if he is in his own domain, ready to purchase clothing especially tailored for him.

WillisNBA veteran and former Hawks star Kevin Willis, who studied fashion and textiles at Michigan State, founded the company in 1988 with his college friend Ralph Walker. “Being seven foot, and not being able to go anywhere and buy anything. We weren’t even talking about fashion back then, as far as that sense of style, we just wanted something that we could put on and look halfway decent,” says Willis.

The first product was leather jackets, made after an impromptu trip to New York to buy the leather, which was then sewn by another friend. After seeing people’s reaction to the jackets, Willis and Walker took note of the immediate demand and recognized their potential niche. The company gradually expanded to suits, and in 2003, launched the denim line. Willis now solely runs the company with partners in New York, and talks about the brand’s evolution, saying, “Now it’s more of a lifestyle collection. It’s everything that a man can wear. From outerwear, to knits, wovens, suits, jeans, twill pants, leather, headwear, t-shirts, all of that.”

While one might wonder the steps a professional basketball player took to fully absorb and ingratiate himself within the world of fashion, he did what most other passionate and enthusiastic people out of college do: Internships.

Asked to describe his style, Willis uses the phrase “dynamic elegance” and “simple, classic, modern.” It is the same philosophy he has extended to his brand. And from the showroom, to the collection, Willis’ work is in the details. As he points out, even the company’s logo hints at the shape of a basketball going through a net. While unintentional, it could not be more fitting to reflect the merging passions of the former NBA All-Star. (more…)

Vote For Nerlens Noel’s Draft Night Suit

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Through the years we’ve seen the NBA Draft turn into a memorable night not only for hoop dreams, but fashion statements as well. The suit you choose on Draft night will be captured forever in pictures and on film, so it only makes sense to take care with what you wear.

One of the top picks in this year’s Draft looks to be Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel. And while he waits to find out which team will be drafting him, he’s currently figuring out what to wear. Which is where you come in.

Nerlens has his choices narrowed down to three suits, pictured below. The first two looks are by Jhoanna Alba, and the third is by Roger Mischel. All three look great, but Nerlens can only rock one on draft night. Cast your vote down below and tune into the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night at 7:00 ET on ESPN to see the winning look.







UPDATE (6/27, 12:45 PM): Voting is now closed. Watch the Draft tonight to see the winner!

NBA Style: Sideline Style Pt. 2

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by Baron Davis –

What’s up?! It’s BD again with my second installment of Sideline Style. Last week I looked at the early days of the NBA coaches’ style. Some really nailed it, others not so much. If you missed it, go back and read it here.

Call me Captain Obvious, but I think it’s fair to say that most of the coaches nowadays keep it pretty conservative.  Let’s take a look:

Byron Scott

Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers  (more…)

NBA Style: Playoff Wrap-Up

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by The Style Crew –

We’ve kept a close eye on NBA Style throughout the postseason, and we’ve seen many different looks from many different players. Today we take a look back at so many of the styles and trends we’ve seen throughout the postseason, from the outfits to the accessories.

Let us know on Facebook and Twitter which players you think showed the best style throughout the postseason using the hashtag #NBAStyle, and in the comments down below…


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NBA Style: Finals Fashion

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by The Style Crew

We’ve spent the postseason examining NBA Style, from Nash to Melo, from Chicago to Oklahoma City. Now we’re down to the final two: Miami and San Antonio. And while there are only two teams left, there are dozens of players who’ve shown up for each of the five games (so far) showing off different styles. Check out some of the looks we’ve seen in the photo gallery below, and then cast your vote down at the bottom. Which team has shown the best style during the NBA Finals?


The Birdman Knows NBA Style

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — On days during the NBA Finals when there are no games being played, the NBA organizes what is called Media Availability. Basically, each team takes a turn facing the assembled media, answering a similar gauntlet of questions about the game that just happened or the game that is about to occur.

One day last weekend in Miami, I decided to ask Chris Andersen, the Birdman, about his take on NBA style. We’ve seen how he’s evolved, but we haven’t really heard him speak on it. So I sidled up to him during media availability, asked him a few questions, had a laugh, and moved on. It was a short exchange, basically a minute long, so I wasn’t really sure what to do with the video. Post it? Or just forget about it?

I ended up forgetting about it until this morning, when I was perusing Getty and came across this photo of the Birdman’s arrival to Game 5…

2013 NBA Finals - Game Five

I guess this conforms to the NBA Dress Code? Actually, it reminds me of my favorite reality star on TV, Uncle Si from “Duck Dynasty.” (Hey!)

Either way, I guess we call the look “cool…cool.”

NBA Style: Early Sideline Style

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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