We're whittled down to the final four teams in the 2013 NBA Playoffs as we've advanced into the conference finals. We've now taken another step toward crowning an eventual champion of both the NBA and the swag rankings.
With the Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs the only teams remaining, something has become obvious: substance is way more important than style.
The Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and even the Milwaukee Bucks represented teams who were incredibly confident in their abilities, incredibly capable of pronouncing themselves the best team in their respective series, and able to wear just about anything to the podium. Now they've all been pushed by the wayside.
What we've got left are three teams who let their playing do all the talking. And the fourth team, the Heat, let their rings do all the talking for them.
Moving forward we're going to see a lot more traditional suits at post-game press conferences, and far fewer attempts at far-out "style."
Of course, Dwyane Wade is still going to be stepping up to the post-game press conference podium, so we're not going to be completely without ridiculously dressed basketball players over the course of the next few weeks.