Fans have seen NBA players take their wardrobe to different levels. Some of the people think they’re too outlandish. Some people think they’re too colorful for their own tastes. And some people actually dig it.
Dwyane Wade has a theory about this. From USA Today:
David Stern might be responsible for the fashionable basketball players in the NBA – well, at least for Dwyane Wade.
The Miami Heat star says while he always was a fan of fine dressing, it wasn’t until the former commissioner of the league instituted a dress code that he started taking more interest in what he would wear off the court.
“It was like, `OK, now we got to really dress up and we can’t just throw on a sweat suit,”‘ he said. “Then it became a competition amongst guys and now you really got into it more and you started to really understand the clothes you put on your body, the materials you’re starting to wear, so then you become even more of a fan of it.”
Wade is one of the guys that are in this fashion “competition” the NBA players. We’ve seen players like LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Nick Young wear quite the interesting clothing.
As we know, a mandatory dress code was implemented by David Stern nearly a decade ago to help with the NBA’s image. While some players were initially against it since they thought it was targeted against hip hop culture, a lot of players today have embraced it as they try to outdo each other with their own fashion statements.
Dwyane Wade has been in the forefront of this fashion movement and we have to thank David Stern and his dress code for this, for better or for worse.
Wade picture courtesy of Getty Images.