What They Wore

Special edition USA National Team shoes

NBA.com staff reports

The USA Men’s National Team began practice in Las Vegas on Monday and the NBA’s Twitter account gave us a sneak peek at some of the special edition shoes being worn by the players.

Which pair of shoes are your favorite?

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?”

Teenchoice special!!! #whynot #donthateonthebrodie #ayeeeeee

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Pelicans Unleash New Threads

by Zettler Clay IV

A few months ago, New Orleans came forward with a new team mascot, opening the door for Michael Jordan to make a similar move with the Bobcats.

Since jettisoning “Hornets” for “Pelicans,” New Orleans made a few changes on the roster front as well. With newly acquired All-Star Jrue Holiday and 2012 No. 1 pick Anthony Davis in tow, there is reason for fans in the bayou region to carry a little excitement going into the 2013-14 NBA season.

On Thursday, Jason Smith, Ryan Anderson, Holiday and Davis looked to stretch that fervor and unveiled the franchise’s new uniforms to the world.

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Based on the reaction of the Twitter-sphere, the new work gear of Davis and Co. stands firmly in fashion purgatory. It doesn’t engender aversion, but it doesn’t yell “come see us play” either. As pointed out by Bleacher Report’s Benjamin Cruz, the unis lamentably bear a certain likeness to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Either way, this is another step in a new direction for a rising franchise. What sayeth you?
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Dwyane Wade Enters Playoff Fashion Discussion

NBA Style
By the NBA.com Style Crew

During the first round of the NBA Playoffs, Dwyane Wade wore a few looks that were mostly forgettable — if anything, we exited Round One talking about Russell Westbrook‘s sleeveless shirts and Kobe and LeBron‘s synchronized looks.

But since the Eastern Conference semifinals have started, Wade has stepped things up. Following Game 1, he wore a scoop-neck shirt paired with a fitted blazer and heavy-rimmed glasses. Following Miami’s Game 2 win, Wade went with a colorful flower-print jacket.

What did you think of these looks? Did Wade wear them well? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NBAStyle

GAME ONE

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GAME TWO

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Mike Woodson Has Some Thoughts About Your Style

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – Here at the All Ball blog, we have hopefully established how much we like Knicks coach Mike Woodson. It’s not just his goatee — our respect extends to all things Woodson. As a Hawks fan, I spent much of the last ten years watching Woody work, as he turned the Hawks from pretenders to consistent Playoff performers. While I was writing for SLAM, I once did a story in which Woodson allowed me to embed with his team for a few days. He allowed me complete and unfettered access, with only one rule: I had to adhere to the NBA dress code at all times. I readily agreed — this seemed a small price to pay to see how an NBA team works.

Now that Woodson is on the NBA’s biggest stage, coaching the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, he has been exposed to a larger audience. Knicks fans seem to like him, and now he is willing to share with the rest of us his thoughts on fashion and style, brought to you by Sean John.

So let’s slip into this luxury automobile, listen to some smooth jazz, and escape to a classy black-and-white rendition of Manhattan with Coach Mike Woodson, as he explains what makes fashion fashionable.

As Woody says, “You can’t trick…the New York people about fashion.”
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(h/t Posting And Toasting)

LeBron and Westbook Win The Fashion Weekend


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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.

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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.

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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?)