The NBA’s stylish uptick over the past few years has been well documented, but with Fashion Week and the NBA All-Star festivities sharing New York City this weekend, the NBA-Fashion relationship will be on display more than ever.
In fact, the two events will overlap for the hour when LeBron James hosts a fashion show featuring ballplayers competing on the runway. Which got us asking ourselves the question:
Last night’s NBA draft was touted to have the most talented draft class in recent years.
And while their pro basketball chops have yet to be seen, we already saw some serious style upside in a few of the guys—and plenty of room for improvement. So we’re doing a little analyzing of our own, by taking a look at the style prospects of the 2014 NBA draft.
As the old saying goes, the NBA season doesn’t really start until the playoffs.
And with the field of 16 tipping off the first of many seven-game series tomorrow—that’s a potential for 105 games in the next few weeks—it really does feel like an entirely new season. And in case you’re just tuning in now, for the first ever NBA postseason without any Lakers, Knicks or Celtics suiting up, we’ve put together this quick guide on each conference:
If you haven’t been following the NBA Finals, well, that’s a shame. But you’re in luck because you haven’t missed the grand finale—tonight is Game 7.
And to get you up to speed, here’s what you need to know:
A) You’ve been missing out on arguably the most exciting series since the Jordan era.
B) Of all the storylines that have emerged, the most captivating one happened late in Game 6: LeBron James lost his signature headband during play, and in a reverse-Samson-effect, he seemed to gain power from shedding the headwear, willing his team to a spectacular overtime victory.
The prospect of celebrating summer’s inaugural weekend might have you toying with the idea of spending the entire three days in a pair of shorts (especially if you plan on being poolside the whole time).
But going pantsless is a deceptively tricky move—wrought with pitfalls and misconceptions.
More often than not, they’re considered a necessary evil. Tom Ford famously said that a man should never wear them. Inevitably, someone will rib you with that moldy chestnut about never taking a man in shorts seriously. But in the right hands—er, on the right gams—they can be serviceable, arguably even stylish. It’s been done before, to varying degrees of success.
So, as menswear anthropologists, in our quest to find out how we got into this pantsless existential crisis, we present to you:
Sager Wisdom: Made Man catches up with the NBA’s famously flamboyant sideline reporter Craig Sager to talk style, double-breasted silk Versace and where he draws the line (surprisingly, he has one, and it’s bow ties).
Honeycombs on My Legs: Perhaps the best thing that’s come from the Fuck Yeah Menswear oeuvre yet: a reading by Morgan Freeman. [FYM]
Prince Hakeem: An oral history of the destined-for-greatness Houston Rockets of the early 1980s. [Grantland]
Drunk Nate Silver: The biggest winner in the aftermath of the presidential election has become stat wunderkind Nate Silver, who perfectly predicted the electoral vote and now has his own meme. [Gawker]
Where Every Shirt Knows Your Name: Connecting Cheers with an autumnal staple, the rugby shirt. [Valet]
Reliving the Dream:GQ does a bang-up job on the oral history of the 1992 Dream Team. Those were the days. [GQ]
Today’s Game: The 2012 NBA Finals begin tonight, and for predictions Esquire turns to the experts: OKC Thunder cheerleaders. [Esquire]
Like Father: In honor of Father’s Day upcoming, Vanity Fair celebrates the five best real-life father-son movie performances. [VF]
London Neighing: From the information gathered, it seems the Olympic opening ceremony will feature Paul McCartney, a cricket team, a parade of nurses and a veritable Noah’s Ark of farm animals... [Vulture]
As connoisseurs of history, we sometimes find styles, habits and turns of phrase from the past that we wouldn’t mind bringing back to the present, Doc Brown-style. This time around, we’re dusting off basketball in a cage.
The NBA’s in trouble.
It’s not just the newly resolved labor troubles, or the Christmas games, or the Kardashian marriages. We’re talking about something deeper. The game has lost its way. It’s time to get back to how basketball was meant to be played.