Chris Paul entered the NBA in 2005 as a 20-year-old out of Wake Forest University, and immediately established himself as a force to be reckoned with on and off the court. On the floor, CP3 won the Rookie of the Year award and spent his first few seasons almost single-handedly carrying the Hornets to multiple Playoff appearances. Following a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011, Paul helped create Lob City, leading the Clips to 56 wins this season.
Off the court, Paul’s style has matured along with his game, as he’s gone from baggy casual wear to fitted suits, as we see in this photo gallery below. What’s your favorite CP3 look of all-time? Let us know in the comments section, and don’t forget to continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #NBAStyle… -
While many NBA players have different interpretations of high fashion and the latest trends, some are sticking with basic suits, while still mixing it up a bit. Perhaps the most important facet of today’s suit is an ability to break up the pieces and wear them with other items in your wardrobe. Let’s take a look at several different styles, including trends that can become part of any closet. Keep up with the conversation using #NBAStyle.
THE EXPERTLY TAILORED SUIT
Derrick Rose, Amar’e Stoudemire and Zach Randolph are in favor of finely tailored, slim cuts.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER – Much has been made the last few years about flopping. The NBA’s full definition of a flop is here, but, loosely defined, flopping is when a player embellishes his movement in the hopes of influencing a call from a referee.
It is hard to make a blanket statement here, but for the most part, flopping is a bad thing. (It is hard for me to be completely objecting about this topic mostly because flopping was the part of the game I excelled at when I played in high school.) At its core, flopping is designed to trick the officials into giving you an unfair advantage.
The NBA recently announced that those caught flopping during the playoffs will be subject to a series of escalating fines designed to discourage this sort of behavior.
But perhaps the best way to publicly shame the floppers? Videos like the one below from Slate, set to appropriately dramatic music, highlighting the most egregious flops of the 2012-13 NBA season…
While a basketball game can be won and lost based on the details, many players bring those same intricacies to their wardrobes. And when the tunnel becomes a runway, and the press conference podium becomes a stage, suddenly NBA players are the ones starting trends.
Here are some well-coordinated recent looks from around the League. As we continue to keep tabs on Playoff fashion and the new trends that arise during the NBA’s second season, use #NBAStyle on Twitter to communicate your thoughts.
• Russell Westbrook always chooses bold accessories, sporting clear frames and a gold medallion necklace on Sunday after OKC’s Game 1 win against the Rockets…
What’s the tell-tale sign of the Clippers’ success? Dunks, dunks and more dunks! Last night in Philadelphia, Chris PaulBlake Griffin and Co. put on quite the aerial show in a rout of the Sixers:
When the Clippers are going, we see rim assaults unlike any other in the league (though LeBron and Dwyane Wade may object). After losing 8 of 11, the Clippers have their (healthy) stud point guard back and look ready to remind the league about the merits of Lob City.
But umm, Blake, what’s up with that layup at the 1:55 mark?
Some men were just born to assist. Over the past few weeks, through the lens of State Farm, Chris and his identical-yet-separated-at-birth twin brother Cliff Paulhave shown the world that whether it’s roundball or insuring folks against disaster, helping folks is just what they do.
So naturally, the twins decided to oblige the public and sit down for a chat. What about? The joys of being such great people. The sartorial splendor of Cliff. The basketball muses of CP3…and Sir Charles’ aversion to a proper golf swing:
I was saving and saving, collecting the best calls of the NBA season’s first full month from the league’s most, err, interesting announcers. They were going to be jam-packed into one blog highlighting the best of the best and posted at the end of November.
Then it happened.
The Clippers’ TV announcers happened.
These guys, Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith, just did work on this night. Strange diatribes, crazy logic and just plain screaming — they had it all working for them on November 28. They just blew away a month’s worth of team announcers’ great calls, and certainly deserve their own moment in the sun. So, here’s the Clips announcers’ greatest hits and a breakdown of what it all meant to a fan lucky enough to have listened to a true ‘Perfect Game’ called during the Clippers contest.
A Wedgie? Clippers Announcers: “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s our first wedgie of the season. There’s got to be a website that keeps track of that … NBA.com/wedgie?” Me: I can assure you, that is not a real web page on this site … yet.
Shah-vedd, you say? Clippers Announcers: “The ‘V’ is not silent. Name a word with a silent ‘V.’” Me: Huh? This exchange came at the expense of Wolves guard Alexey Shved. They didn’t drop the ‘V’ after all, though, opting to go with the definitely incorrect Shah-vedd pronunciation. Hey, it could have been worse, Alexey … you could have been “Shed.”
Landing on a hundred Clippers Announcers: “First to 100 wins, it’s the [Lawler's] law.” Me: Nonsense right there. Just plain nonsense. Love it.
Scream and shout Clippers Announcers: “Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan … SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM dunk.” Me: Perfect.
The members of Team USA did a great job documenting their march to a gold medal at the London Olympics, but they weren’t the only ones following their journey. NBA Entertainment was with them pretty much every step of the way, and produced some pretty awesome videos as a result.
Going for gold is a serious pursuit, and Team USA committed to their cause fully and vigorously. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t still time for a little fun along the way:
My favorite part — Chris Paul questioning whether James Harden actually has a chin underneath his beard. I think we all know the answer to that, though.
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Being a part of the Olympic Games is a special experience that must be hard for any participant to explain to someone who hasn’t been through it. Fortunately, through the wonders of technology and social media, the fans can at least get a glimpse of life from the inside looking out. Many of the members of Team USA have been documenting their time in London with the popular photo-sharing app Instagram, giving a nice little peek behind the curtain.
CNN.com has compiled a nice photo gallery of some of the team’s best images so far – definitely check out the whole thing as they take in the tourist sites, mingle with their fellow Olympians (like Deron Williams goofing off with U.S. track star Lolo Jones above), and prepare for the task of bringing home a gold medal for the second straight Olympiad.
I haven’t seen any Instagram photos from the Nigerian basketball team, but I imagine they look a lot like this.