NBA All-Star Weekend is a weekend-long celebration for basketball and its fans. While the weekend is geared towards the events leading up to the game itself, it is also serves as the NBA’s unofficial fashion night out.
Year in and year out, players use the weekend to flaunt their best attire. Some fashion statements are bold and some are just downright ridiculous. We have seen some guys wear everything from sneakers that turned into a slot machine to guys wearing band-aids for fun. Then we have guys that have completely lived up to the hype and strutted their best stuff. The game being in New York City this year upped the ante a bit. One reason is that ASW meshes with New York Fashion Week, which definitely inspired some players during the weekend to go all out.
Style has definitely evolved in the league over the time since the NBA implemented a dress code in 2005. Think about it: This year, we had over a dozen ASG-inspired signature sneaker colorways and even Kanye West picked this weekend as the date he’d unveil his first shoe with adidas. The league has gone from guys showing up in sweatsuits and throwback jerseys to having a player like Russell Westbrook being named the Creative Director of a fashion line. The main highlights were the Slam Dunk Contest and the game, of course, but it was very important to pay attention to some of the fashion styles.
From Russell Westbrook to Chris Webber to Shaquille O’Neal, here’s A Recent History of NBA Fashion Statements at All-Star Weekend.
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