Long gone is the day when basketball players show-up to press conferences with a baseball hat and a chain around their necks. It is no longer cool . . . instead they show up with crazy outfits. It is has gotten so bad that I feel like we spend more time talking about what they are wearing or not wearing in the case of lens less glasses, that we aren’t talking about the game as much. It’s gotten to the point where kids in Miami are imitating the stars by stealing 3-D glasses and popping the lens out to look cool.
So who do we blame for this trend? Actually David Stern. Back in 2005 Stern decided he had enough of the bad boy image and implemented a dress code. The code is worse than a club on a Saturday: no baggy jeans, baseball caps, chains, basically anything relating to hip-hop culture. So the players had to find a new way to look fashionable, the obvious choice was nerd chic. Yes the 90′s nerd came back but this time as a hipster.
And I have to say I miss bad boy days, the whole nerd thing just isn’t doing it for me.