NBA's Fashion Divas Have Gone Too Far

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterDecember 22, 2012

Jun 12, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook during the post game press conference after game one in the 2012 NBA Finals at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-94. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Sometimes, I don't know whether to admire Dwyane Wade or get a frame and stick him to the damn wall.

I'm all for new trends and throwbacks and being innovative, but this is spiraling out of control.

GQ recently named Tyson Chandler, Dywane Wade and Russell Westbrook the most stylish men in the NBA. They beat out Jeff Van Gundy by a hair in a vote that was tighter than a pair of skinny jeans.

If these guys are going to win awards for wearing boots with shorts and summer scarves with Capri pants, then I must be hanging out with the wrong people. I mean, Russell Westbrook looks like he's straight out of a Dr. Seuss book.

There might as well be a catwalk for the players to walk down before getting in front of the podium to answer questions. Maybe give a spin, pose and comment on who they're wearing.

That's basically what these guys are using the press conferences for anyway, right? I can't imagine they're trying to look this fresh for the building's security guards on the way out or the pilot of their plane.

I get it, though. These press conferences are a platform for players to showcase their individual styles and develop their own brand of fashion. Tyson Chandler was dressed so crazy the other day that it looked like he needed a cane and herd of sheep around him to complete the outfit.

These guys have so much confidence that it's almost insulting. How many times have you passed a Fedora hat in a store, looked around to see if anyone was watching, tried it on real quick in front of a mirror and then realized you look like a tool?

And doesn't anybody remember what Denzel Washington told his boy in American Gangster? He said, "The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room."

I don't know about you, but Denzel usually makes a whole lot of sense to me. 

There's also too much "look at me" when the cameras are around. I want to see a coach tell his group that everyone has to wear the same suit, to emphasize team over individuality.

This whole fashion craze started when David Stern implemented a dress code in 2005 that called for business attire before and after games. Now look what he's done! 

Maybe I'm just jealous because I can't rock a cut-off sleeve jean jacket. Or maybe I'm wearing one right now.