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December 16, 2011

Wesley Morris on LeBron, Dwyane, Amar'e, and the rise of the NBA nerd


Last April, Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, held a playoff postgame press conference
in a blue long-sleeved shirt with tiny screen-window checks. It had a spread collar and was buttoned up to his neck. Durant isn't alone. In their tandem press conferences, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, of the Miami Heat, alternate impeccably tailored suits with cardigans over shirts and ties. They wear gingham and plaid and velvet, bow ties and sweater vests, suspenders, and thick black glasses they don't need. Their colors conflict. Their patterns clash. Clothes that once stood as an open invitation to bullies looking for something to hang on the back of a bathroom door are what James now wears to rap alongside Lil Wayne. Clothes that once signified whiteness, squareness, suburbanness, sissyness, in the minds of some NBA players no longer do. --Wesley Morris on LeBron, Dwyane, Amar'e, and the rise of the NBA nerd - Grantland

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 16, 2011 3:58 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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