What’s been more captivating during the 2012 NBA playoffs: the fashion on display during press conferences or the actual play on the court? At this point, the answer may be a tough one! The NBA hotshots are really pulling out all the stops when it comes to pushing the limits and taking some serious fashion risks. I do appreciate a man with confidence in his fashion sense, but it may be time to call the fashion police on some of these gentlemen.
Westbrook (left) and Durant (right) show off their swagger in Game 5
The biggest fashion statements have been made in the Western Conference by two of the OKC Thunder’s star players. Who are the two fashion divas you ask? Point guard Russell Westbrook and All-Star forward Kevin Durant. These two have gotten real sassy for the cameras off the court. Durant has been a fashion forward athlete throughout his career and his beige-and-black stripes are fine and dandy, but Westbrook looks like he may have gotten caught in a kaleidoscope.
Westbrook’s Teddy-rific Ensemble
The talented and often criticized point gaurd has been on another fashion level this post season and his game-day outfits have become the talk of the NBA playoffs. I think the collared shirt above was taken out of the Berenstain Bears collection circa 1990. Not too sure the teddy bear button-up would be perceived as intimidating by his competitors? Below are some more outrageous patterns Westbrook has donned in front of the press: fishing bait, graffiti and technicolor scary .
Westbrook’s flare has been rubbing off on the younger fans too. Kendrick Perkins Jr. has been dressing like Russell Westbrook during the OKC Thunder games.
Durant and Westbrook have kept people buzzing in the West, but the East has its own fashion enthusiasts. The Miami Heat’s “dynamic duo” Lebron James and Dwyane Wade always dress to impress. The Celtic’s point guard Rajon Rondo, who has been an animal in the Eastern Conference finals, has been taking some crazy fashion leaps as well – sometimes he hits his mark and sometimes he’s way off (see photo at the top of the post…YIKES).
If you’ve found yourself watching the NBA conference finals with the men in your life even though the Bulls are long gone, at least the pre and post game fashions can keep you entertained. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the NBA finals.
Chicago’s masked man Richard Hamilton returned to the Bulls starting lineup tonight against the Houston Rockets, after missing 14 games due to a right shoulder contusion. Unfortunately the return of “Rip City” wasn’t enough to prevent a back-to-back loss for the Bulls. The 99-93 loss came right after the Bulls got spanked by the OKC Thunder Sunday afternoon.
In his first game back, Rip had six points, three assists and five nasty turnovers during the 20 minutes he played tonight. We’re going to say he was a little “rusty” and won’t hold it against him, however he better clean up that rust and put on his jump-shot pants for the upcoming game against the Celtics this Thursday.
The Bulls haven’t suffered two consecutive regular season losses since February of 2011. What’s really missing? Our super star Derrick Rose, who has missed 11 games for his groin injury. Without Rose the Bulls lack a closer and one of their most intimidating factors. I’m starting to worry whether the Bulls will be able to maintain their number one spot in the Eastern Conference, or will they slowly start to climb down the rankings? As of right now, Rose’s return date has not been determined, hopefully before the playoffs begin.
I’m a little worried to see what Rajon Rondo does to the Bulls on Thursday. He’s a dirty player (in my book – he will never be forgiven for throwing that punch at Rose in the playoffs a few years back) and he happens to have back to back triple doubles. We’re going to need to see a little “Deng Bang” a little “Booze Cruise” some “Messy-Bun Swagger” and a splash of “Hot Sauce” to get back on the winning track.
Tonight the NBA is announcing the All-Star reserves and I think most Chicago fans have one man in mind for a spot, Mr. Luol Deng.
Deng is averaging 16 points and seven rebounds a game and is probably the Bulls’ best defender. I think he definitely deserves a spot. He’s going up against Celtics vets Ranjon Rondo (who I just can’t stand after he threw a punch at Rose a few years back in the playoffs) and Paul Pierce. Even though Deng missed 7 games due to a torn ligament in his left wrist, after returning the Bulls are 3-0 and have won by 23, 21 and 23 – he’s the man and I’m not the only one who thinks so, he has the support of his teammates and coaches too.
“I hope they’re good,” Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau told ESPN of Deng’s chances. “You guys who follow our team, I think you understand how important he is to our team. Lu doesn’t have to score to have a great impact on our team and winning. He plays great defense. He plays a great floor game. He moves without the ball. He makes the extra pass. And he has very good statistics, but you can’t measure his impact statistically. I know what he brings. I know all the coaches and all his teammates appreciate everything that he does.”