NBA Playoffs 2012: Why Are NBA Stars Dressing the Way They Are?

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJune 19, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 17:  Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on as he answers questions from the media after the Thunder lost 91-85 against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the 2012 NBA Finals on June 17, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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If you haven't noticed how NBA stars such as Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade have been dressing lately, you have been under a rock.

From press conferences to interview segments or even entering the arenas, these athletes have made guys like Craig Sager look good. If you haven't seen how the TNT star Sager has dressed in the past, you may want to check out some of his pictures on Google.

Sager has even been told to burn his suit by Kevin Garnett

Is it the new fashion, or do these guys just want a new look? I'm often shaking my head when seeing these guys with millions of dollars dress like they are in the circus.

It's funny, but would I do it? Not in a million years.

The wardrobes of choice have definitely went a bit south and to the extreme nerd level. From the glasses without lenses to pink pants, these guys are pulling out all the tricks.

Are these NBA stars channeling their inner geek/child? It's safe to say that some haven't looked in a mirror lately.

Is it a mockery of the NBA and its dress code? Perhaps, but I think a corporate image would look better than this. Hell, almost anything could look better than what they've been wearing.

It's all in good fun, though. It's nice to see some players having fun with their attire and enjoying getting dressed up for work. Perhaps the casual suit or shirt and tie are too played out.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 14:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat answers questions after the Heat defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-96 in Game Two of the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 14, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER
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Let's just hope that these guys are making more headlines for their play on the court than the attire they wear before and after games. Still, I wonder how these guys feel wearing all this attire.

Their closets must be filled with different colored pants, tacky shirts and a couple pairs of glasses.

According to Westbrook, these guys have copied his swag with the glasses.  According to King James, fashion comes and goes. 

The risk seems to be higher than the reward if you ask me.

Some of these guys may seem to be looking for the Ivy League look rather than a professional athlete.It's all in good humor, but how long can the nerd swag play out in the NBA? Time will tell.

'Rise of the Nerds' will be out to a theater near you soon. It will star the likes of Dwyane Wade, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and LeBron James.