Wednesday, October 19, 2005

OT: Reaction to the NBA Dress Code

Player reaction following NBA commissioner David Stern's instituting a new dress code for his players came fast and furious today. Perhaps to remove the league's "thuggish" image, the new dress code includes a stipulation that "chains, pendants or medallions (cannot be) worn over the player's clothing".

Indiana Pacers' forward Stephen Jackson:

I think it's a racist statement because a lot of the guys who are wearing chains are my age and are black.
Like this guy.

Denver Nuggets' center Marcus Camby:

I don't see it happening unless every NBA player is given a stipend to buy clothes . Guys who haven't been wearing suits and don't own suits, it will be really hard to get them in time for the season (needing to be specially made for tall players).
It should be noted that Camby is slated to earn $7 million this season. But then, this is the same league that features Latrell Sprewell, who apparently can't feed his family on $14.6 million per season. And y'all thought NHL players were greedy.

I don't see why players are opposed to the dress code. It only applies to when players are participating in official league business - ie. games, press conferences, etc. - during which they are representing the league. It makes sense that the league would want its players to look prim and professional at those events. Heck, most of us in the real world have a dress code when we go to work.

Portland coach Nate McMillan gets it:
It's important that the players understand they have to respect the game. They have to respect the league. And they have to respect the fans. You must be a professional at all times.
A professional athlete playing in a professional league looking professional. What a concept.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 11:19 PM


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