Let's face it: the annual NBA All-Star Game is all about looking good.
No one remembers the outcome. The final score is usually 160-158. Players do whatever they can to avoid defense and injury.
Slam Dunk contests, halftime entertainment and a showcase to display new gear all take precedence over the game.
The game is more about honoring the league's best talent as determined by the fans (translation: like American Idol, the makeup of the two teams often is more the result of a personality contest than one based on ability and current season stats).
So, looking good when the All-Stars take to the court next month in Houston is of high priority. When the NBA held its first All-Star Game in 1951, fashion was the furthest thing on its collective mind. The players wore stars on plain jerseys.
And while some of us feel the best unis are the ones that stand out from the ordinary, others take an opposing view.
Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.net feels the best uniforms are the ones that stay true to the league's traditional colors. "My favorites are from 1986-92 and 2003," he said. "These were classics. A simple, clean design worn for the best All-Star match-ups the league has ever seen."
To its credit, adidas is personalizing the player's warm-ups this year. Jackets are customized to represent individual career accomplishments such as All-Star Game appearances and All-Star MVP awards, NBA titles, and other top honors.
Fashion, even in sports, is an utterly subjective topic. These, then, are the best and worst from the NBA's All-Star Game fashion closet.