Magazine article Insight on the News

NBA N'Style

Magazine article Insight on the News

NBA N'Style

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From Armani-clad coaches to, well, Armani-clad players, there's no question the National Basketball Association (NBA) is the most fashion-forward of the pro leagues. And as the recent headband craze makes clear, sartorial trends don't stop at the sideline. Insight examines some of the league's past and present looks:

BAGGY SHORTS

A much-welcome reaction to short shorts that dominated the 1970s, they took silly when dropped to midcalf level.

Hall of Fame: Michael Jordan, whose relatively baggy look influenced an entire generation of college ballplayers. sparing us the horror of Shaquille O'Neal crotch shots.

Hall of Shame: The Minnesota Timberwolves, fined a total of $37,500 in 1997 for wearing their shorts too long.

SHAVED HEADS

The chrome-dome look swept through the league in the 1990s, KO'ing the horrendous high fade in the process.

Hall of Fame: Jordan, the man who made bald cool (but what's with the porn-style minimustache?).

Hall of Shame: (Tie) Superagent David Falk, who really ought to know better; wrinkly scalped soon-to-be NBA'er Shane Battier, who, in the words of a friend, "is so smart he wears his brain on the outside of his head. …

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