Friday, April 28, 2006


Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers was known for the bad guy look. Here he dressed as a true business man. I wonder how cynics feel to see "the so-called thug" dress as a professional. Every since Iverson's years in high school he has been badly sterotyped. He was called a thug because of his appearance and where he was from, the cornrows and the tattoos.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Past v.s. Present

Here is the Detriot Pistons All-Star guard Richard Hamilton. The before photo is before the dress code was enforce. The after photo is him following tycoon Sterns command and his wearing a dress suit. "If you want to cut jeans out, I think that's fine. I just don't think you should have to wear a suit and tie all the time, especially [on] plane rides," said Hamilton's teammate Tayshaun Prince.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Fly Guy HILL!

Grant Hill the Duke University formal superstar is dress here as a real professional. When Hill was first drafted, majority of the NBA superstars wore their business attire. "Personally, I like it. I like to dress up. I kind of came in [the league] when it was ... sort of an unwritten code or law or whatever, that you look nice. It even got to the extreme, with guys [who] would go all out with the designer clothes and so forth. It was a little weird, the NBA turned into a fashion show. But I think it's good," said the Orlando Magics Small Foward Grant Hill.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Got Magic!!!

"[It's] good for everybody," Magic Johnson said," the image of teh league, the image of the guys. And as we get along, a month into the season, nobody will even be talking about it." Johnson said the NBA dress code among players, saying it will bolster the NBA's image. Magic Johnson always wore the business wear before and after games. He even wore it during press conforence.

Jalen Rose formal Chicago Bull, now a member of the New York Knicks here in his away uniform. "I'm a dresser, so it's not going to be that much of a change for me," said Rose. Jalen is also one of the players that was drafted around the time superstars came to work in their business attire.

Monday, April 10, 2006


Andrei Kirilenko also go by the name AK-47 is one of the leagues best international players. Kirilenko thinks the NBA dress code is a good thing. "I don't think it's quite comfortable, but it's probably reasonable because NBA is a big organization around the world. We're like business, and businessmen wear coats and suits," said Kirilenko foward for the Utah Jazz.

Boston's # 34

Paul Pierce shooting guard of the Boston Celtics has no big problem with the NBA dress code. "You knew it was coming in. I've got a couple of suits in the closet I've got to dust off. Hey, they make the rules; you've got to abide by them," said the all-star guard. In the NBA Pierce is known as one of the agreeable guys.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Casual Wear

Some NBA superstars love dress up. Like Seattle Super-Sonics Power Foward Danny Fortson. Fortson says he love to dress casual. "One reason why I love to dress up is because, women love to see a men in suit," said Fortson. Fortson is not one of Seattles superstars and his not complaining. He just wants to obey Commissioner Sterns orders so he can keep his job.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

True Business Men

Eric Williams and Alvin Williams of the Toronto Raptors are both injuried during a game. Now that the new dress code is in effect they are dress casual. No more sitting on the bench with throwback jerseys, blue jeans, and tennis shoes. Their appearance now at work has to be professional.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

National Champions Have to Follow NBA Rules

Rashad McCants, Sean May, Melvin Williams and Raymond Felton are all new comers to the NBA business. They may have wore the casual wear in college, but if they want to stay in the NBA they will have to continue. The superstars from the past decade have been showing up to games in the casual attire. That will not cut it now, these are professional men and they should show up to work in the casual fashion.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

The Sharpe Shooter

"Sometimes, getting on the plane, with distance we fly, you need to be comfortable. I think there is a way to be classy and dress up. I think the dress code should strictly [enforce] what guys wear on the bench when they are not playing. That is when guys wear on the bench when they are not playing. That is when guys are most visible. But when we are on the plane, that is when we are leisurely. I don't think that should matter. Wearing a sweat suit with a team logo on it? What sense does that make," said the Seattle Super-Sonics Ray Allen.

Slam Dunk Champion!

"They want to sway away from the hip-hop generation. You think of hip-hop right now and think of things that happen like gangs having shootouts in front of radio stations. You see all what happend with Enron and Martha Stewart," said Jason Richardson of the Golden-State Warriors.

Just for the Kids!

The NBA largest fan base are children. Some children want to be like them some day, and last season they did not show a good impression for the children. I know at times they don't want to do it, but if they would just do it for the kids the better off they will be. Young children are our furthur, so by them seeing their role models attend work like true professionals is a great start for them.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Why the Tights!

The NBA is now wanting to ban players for wearing tights. But why ban the tights, some players like Jerry Stackhouse's doctors required them to wear them. "I've had a couple groin injuries and they help me get comfortable," said foward Jerry Stackhouse of the Dallas Mavericks. "I wear thigh sleeves, too, and the tights also help keep them from sliding down my legs.

MVP, NBA Champion, and Gold Medalist!!!

"I think it's a load of crap. I understand what they're trying to do with [forbidding] hats and 'do-rags and [retro] jerseys and stuff. That's fine. But I don't understand why they would take it to this level. I think it's basically retarted," said San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan. The two time MVP, three time champion, and olympic gold medalist is one of the league most humble guys. Saying things like what Duncan said is not a good example for our children.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The All-Stars

Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets and Kevin Garrnett of the Minnasota Timber-Wolves both are dress in the hip-hop attire. "Who cares about what we wear from the bus to the locker room," said Carter. As long as these guys continue to follow the rules of the dress code nothing can go wrong. Some may have problems, some may not.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Hallum 1

Kendrick Hallum
Mrs. Smith
16 March 2006

Is Sterns a Racist?

This past November 1st, NBA superstars had no choice but to face a change. No more baggy jeans, chains, “throwbacks” basically, the hip-hop look has vanished. Now they have to dress like any other professional business person. Players complained, but some did not care (“Clay”).
“Several stars claim the off-court code is an attack on black American culture as it outlaws hip-hop style attire,” said Joseph H. Cooper author of “A Gender Divide Over NBA Dress Code.” In the NBA, some players feel that Commissioner David Stern is racist. Enforcing the dress code was to make a better impression on the fans. “Putting a murder in a tuxedo doesn’t make him a good guy,” said Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers. Iverson feels that the dress code can not describe someone’s personality (“Cooper”).
The dress code is no problem according to some of the superstars. “When I saw the part about chains, throwback jerseys, I think that’s the part of our culture,” said Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics. Majority of the players just would like to wear the jewelry. “Since they took all the others we could less wear chains,” said a couple of players from Detriot Pistons.
Rules of the Game
There are now more rules to the game. For in stance, there is a new a rule that no one under the age of twenty can enter the NBA draft. Young kids coming out of high school straight to the NBA, dress in the hip-hop gear. However, there are new rules on
Hallum 1

superstars have to obey. The following were banned by the new laws: t-shirts, sleeveless shirts, shorts, chain, du-rags, headphones, headbands, any headgear, baggy jeans, and tennis shoes. This requirement is required for the time period before and after games.
Some say why enforce the dress code now after all these years. From 1986 to 2003 Michael Jordon was one of the few players to dress in a suit before every game. Why not enforce the dress code then? In Ervin “Magic” Johnson and Larry Bird’s days, NBA players all wore suits. This generation of NBA stars prefers to dress in hip-hop style and they too are businessmen (“Graves”).
Another thing, no NBA star has ever had a “fist fight” with a fan until the year of 2005. Players from the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons were suspended, but why blame Stern? Commissioner Stern had to do something to promote respect to protect his superstars (“Graves”).
The NBA is a professional association which should have the right to enforce a dress code. “Bossy, fashion police” that’s how some of the players feel about Stern. However, they are professionals. Everyone in a job, from car dealers to bank employees, must follow a dress code. If they can not follow the rules they will just have to pay. Just because someone throws a drink at you does not mean you have to fight them. Especially if you are a professional and you are live on T.V. Real professional people do not react like that towards those situation (“http//”).

Took Away the Chains

"I have no problem dressing up, but the chains, I definitely feel that was a racial statement," said Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson. Jackson is one of the players that feel Commissioner Stern took away their culture, with the hip-hop look.