The 2014 NBA All-Star Game not only provides fans with a chance to see their favorite players from across the league gathered on one court, but also showcases a wealth of new, alternative sporting wear.
We have already seen the uniforms for both the Eastern and Western Conference players, and now we've been given a glimpse of the All-Star warmup jackets, courtesy of Basketball Insiders' Steve Kyler:
The Kings of the hill.... pic.twitter.com/DmSZ5YzelY— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) February 13, 2014
Chris Paul has a long way to go.... pic.twitter.com/aHuP9xm7Wc— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) February 13, 2014
Per Basketball Insiders:
On every NBA All-Star jacket, the league lists the player’s achievements and James and Bryant have by far the most.
Forget about Chris Paul—the dude still has a few NBA merit badges. Instead, take a moment and pity poor first-time All-Stars like DeMar DeRozan, who finally made it to the big game after years of hard work, sweat and sacrifice, only to be reminded that they don't have nearly as many ornaments of flair as James and Bryant.
If the NBA isn't careful, the younger players might stage a flair revolt, similar to the one Jennifer Aniston pulled off in the cult-classic film Office Space:
As for the flair kingpins—James and Bryant—who comes out on top? Certainly, Bryant might feel a bit of jealousy over LeBron's four league-MVP badges (having only one himself). But he can silence any argument by simply flashing the five Larry O'Brien Trophies sewn onto his jacket—evidence of the five NBA championships he has won with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Fellow NBA-er, Mirza Teletovic of the Brooklyn Nets, has the scoop:
Kobe/Lebron all star warmups pic.twitter.com/inrso0y9Vd— Mirza Teletovic (@MerimKovac) February 13, 2014
If winning championships is the ultimate goal, then Bryant has the superior collection of flair.
The great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar might just have the market cornered, though:
But LeBron is probably less concerned with the flair on his jacket than with the sleeves on his jersey. He has already proved a vocal opponent of sleeved jerseys, according to the Miami Herald's Joseph Goodman:
LEBRON: "I can’t have my shooters out there worrying about some sleeves and not shooting the ball.”— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) December 21, 2013
Sleeved jerseys? Tricked-out warmups? The fashion community better be ready for All-Star Weekend.