2013 NBA Playoffs post-game podium style in a nutshell.
You guys, the NBA Playoffs are really, really long. Most of you (sportsball misanthropists and fans alike) have likely not been keeping that vigilant a watch on the tourney. Your team maybe didn’t make it or got eliminated early or IDK, you’re just waiting until things really start heating up to dive in or whatever. Welp, sadly, it’s not within our jurisdiction to catch you up on all the banner plays, dunks, and stuffs. BUT we can offer you something just as good, if not BETTER: all the best podium fashion the 2013 NBA Playoffs has to offer (so far)! Yup, we’re walking you through our top 10 style moments from the post-game press conferences, from Russell Westbrook’s see-through specs to Iman Shumpert’s high-top fade. (Unfortunately, Dwyane Wade’s manpris are technically pre-game fodder, but trust we’ll get to it later.) If you thought last year’s faux glasses Finals were major, you truly haven’t seen anything yet.
ROY HIBBERT’S MONOCLE
Roy Hibbert brought a monocle to the podium during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
SPEAKING OF the lensless spectacle trend from last year’s championship games, the Pacers’ Roy Hibbert took to the podium with a brand new fashion statement of his own: A MONOCLE. Unfortunately for all of us, he didn’t actually end up wearing it, which is a shame because it would’ve added some next-level Monopoly man steez to that tailored vest. Next time, Hibs!
DWIGHT HOWARD CHANNELS FONZWORTH BENTLEY
Dwight Howard wore a bowtie during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
The Lakers may be out of the running by now (Dear Based Kobe Bryant, we hope you’re healing quickly), but they still managed to catch a little Playoffs style shine courtesy of center Dwight Howard. Kudos to Chocolate Shoulders for working dapper duds—a light tartan blazer and an accent bow tie—that Fonzworth Bentley would be proud of.
CARMELO ANTHONY’S FEDORAS
Carmelo Anthony wore a lot of fedoras during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
Alright, so we know we were a little sour on people who aren’t Justin Timberlake wearing fedoras before, but we’ve gotta give it up for the Carmelo Anthony for sticking to his guns on the statement accessory, wearing it not once, not twice, but four times so far. Look out for this little number as the #Knickstape progresses through the tourney. We’re pretty sure Melo won’t be letting this look go any time soon.
CHRIS PAUL’S GREEN GIVENCHY
Chris Paul wore the BEST Givenchy outfit during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
Everyone give up a round of applause for Chris Paul’s MAJOR Givenchy ensemble right now. That contrast tailored shirt? That hunter green? Those immaculate specs with the gold bridge MIRRORING his gold tie clip?? *throws hands up in the air, walks away, is only beckoned back by the following look*
DWYANE WADE’S VERSACE MOMENT
Dwyane Wade made waves in Versace during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
Aajkdlfhgajk;df HELLO Dwyane Wade in VIBRANT, floral Versace—a matching shirt and jacket set at that! D.Wade kills it dead in this number pairing it with Versace jeans, Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers, and exemplary grooming. While Wade’s is certainly the brightest, he isn’t the only NBA dude to dare man-florals at the podium this Playoffs.
LEBRON JAMES’ STAPLE SWEATER
LeBron James wore a polarizing Staple sweatshirt during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
Fellow Heat court star, LeBron James did his own version of the botanical print after Miami’s very first Playoffs game this season. This Staple sweater picks up the team’s color palette and renders it in a silhouetted print. It was a little polarizing, but we think it was King James’ intent to send a bold sartorial statement (along with his game time one) straight out the gate.
KEVIN DURANT’S CHINA BLUE MAN-FLORALS
Kevin Durant did man-florals right during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
LeBron’s Thunder adversary, Kevin Durant, also tried his hand at man-florals in this china blue number. On top of just plain looking good, we like the way the shirt inverts the blue and white “NBA Playoffs” backdrop for a kind of (albeit unintentional) mixed print effect.
RUSSELL WESTBROOK’S UPDATED RUN D.M.C. HOMAGE
Russell Westbrook chaneled Run D.M.C. during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
Thunder point guard and the arguable King of NBA Fashion™ (by sheer virtue of his racks on racks on racks of editorial features) Russell Westbrook wowed us in an atypical, more CASUAL ensemble in an April 22 post-game chat with Kevin Durant. Rather than his trademark boldly printed tailored shirts and candy-colored trousers, Russ opted for a solid black sleeveless hoodie, one gold chain with a lion medallion, and clear perspex glasses. It’s a different look for Westbrook, but we still like it. Mostly because it totally reminds us of Run D.M.C.
BLAKE GRIFFIN AND CHRIS PAUL’S COOL COORDINATES
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul wore coordinating outfits during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
A big element of basketball is teamwork. No man is an island, right? Welp, apparently that’s true off the court, as well. Enter TEAM FASHUN. Leave it to the Clippers’ dynamic duo, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, to show the other dudes what’s up in the way of coordinating ensembles for post-game interviews. We assume that this blue and white motif was purely coincidental, but we can’t deny that the aesthetic effect of this One Direction-style matching game is brain-pettingly good.
IMAN SHUMPERT’S LEATHER BACKPACK
Iman Shumpert stepped up his backpack game during the 2013 NBA Playoffs.
And finally, we have Iman Shumpert. Shump. 21 Shump Street. The beacon of the NBA’s youngest generation of fashion killers. Leather has been constant throughout much of post-game fashion this year from KD’s metallic leather to Russell’s leather shirt and even smaller details like James Harden’s leather panels and J.R. Smith’s leather lapel, but our favorite iteration so far is hands down Iman’s leather backpack. A luxe upgrade from the usual sport backpacks we’ve seen players wear to the podium (*cough Kevin Durant cough*), this is an ACCESSORY. Shump doesn’t have to do much in the way of styling with an already attention-grabbing hairstyle, so he keeps the rest of his outfit fairly simple—salmon-colored linen shirt, one gold chain, solitaire stud earrings, and that backpack. Well played.
What’s your favorite NBA Playoffs style moment so far?