Clarence Page, syndicated columnist, wrote:Now, bling is officially unhip in Stern's NBA. Unless approved by one's team, players must dress in "business casual when attending to league business or traveling as a team," Stern declared. That means collared shirts, turtlenecks, sweaters, dress slacks, khakis or "dress jeans" are OK. Shorts, T-shirts, sleeveless shirts, sneakers, flip-flops, work boots and gaudy jewelry are not.
My favorite is Marcus Camby, who is asking for a dress code stipend to supplement his eight-digit contract, which obviously isn't enough (although in fairness, I have no idea how much a suit costs if you're 6'10").
The NBA is suffering somewhat because of a loss of interest from wealthier fans and conservative advertisers, and now it's trying to clean up its deservedly godawful image. The fact that these guys are objecting to wearing normal business clothes and would rather look like thugs from the hood and/or Mr. T revivalists tells me the NBA has a LONG way to go in fixing its image. Clothes don't make the man, but they do contribute to perception, especially when that perception is fired up by a multi-millionaire asking for money to buy a suit. Millions of wealthy Americans wear a suit and tie to work, it won't kill you to do the same fellas. The NBA doesn't want rappers dressed like circus clowns, they want professional athletes.
So anyway, I thought there should be a thread to mock these imbeciles.
Does anybody actually agree with the players?