Thursday, October 13, 2005

Dressed to Impress

NBA Commissioner David Stern has given the league and the game of basketball years of great service. His ideas have been brilliant at times and he has helped take the NBA and many of its players to an incredible popularity – both in the U.S. and internationally. But recently David Stern has a new plan for the NBA…a dress code. Commissioner Stern is ready to implement a dress code for all players. This idea is ridiculous and stupid and I’m in loud agreement with several players that have voiced their displeasure with Stern’s proposal.

Allen Iverson has been one of the most vocal critics of the new dress code saying, “It sends a bad message to kids. If you don't have a suit when you go to school, is your teacher going to think you're a bad kid because you don't have a suit on?"

I agree with AI. The NBA isn’t Wall Street. Sure, the league minimum is more than most people on Wall Street make per year, but it’s a game that’s played in sneakers and shorts…and after the game you’re usually very tired and the most comfortable thing might be to wear a nice pear of sweatpants.

Rasheed Wallace said that the idea was just stupid and that he would fight it. Marcus Camby thinks if the league wants players to wear suits they should give them a ‘stipend to buy clothes’. I agree that ‘Sheed should fight it – but think Camby might be going a bit overboard.

I know David Stern’s marketing dream (aka Michael Jordan) wore a suit before and after every game – but that was Mike, that was how he did his thing…that’s not AI or many of the leagues players of today.

If Stern was smart – he’d scrap this idea and stick to basketball matters. Maybe figure out a way to get more than a combined 155 points on the board in a playoff game?

If you were an NBA player how would you react to the proposed NBA dress code?
A) No way – I’m fighting it
B) Sure, suits are nice and it sets a good example
C) Whatever, just make sure I get my paycheck
D) Other


At 10/13/2005 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

u know my feelings about stuff like this, its a hip-hop league and background and following, any one in 'the league' has deserved to wear and dress as the please.

At 10/13/2005 9:22 AM, Anonymous Bird said...

Another smart move by Stern. The hip-hop element of the NBA turns a lot of white fans off. As a result, Stern is trying to do whatever he can to take the ghetto out of pro ball. Sure players will protest and still dress like thugs, but they'll be fined. Whatever, my company makes me wear a suit to work and studies have shown that a workplace is more professional and experiences less "hr issues" when a business formal dress code is in place. The NBA as a company has every right to impose these same standards on its employees. After what happened last year in Detroit, the NBA could def use some classing up. AI is right, all other factors constant, a teacher or a manager will always treat a person with more respect if he or she dresses the part.

At 10/13/2005 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

u work in an office, they work in a gym and r CONSTANTLY on the road.
its avoiding stereotypes and fear of what white people might think that is motivating this.

At 10/13/2005 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's crazy talk! what's next? a dress code in every sport? will people expect dart players to show up in suits? it's no different than democrats wanting to be involved in everyone's lives and telling people what to do, and then taxing them so that they can pay to do those things. i don't need big govt in my life, and i don't need someone telling me what to wear at darts, or anywhere else for that matter. (unless it's my girlfriend - hi baby!)

At 10/13/2005 11:20 AM, Anonymous good blog said...

C. As long as guys are avoiding fines, they will all wear whatever Dictator Stern and the NBA tell them to.

At 10/13/2005 12:31 PM, Blogger T-Rock said...

I sure HATE my dress code at work...and I hate it when our Executive Director looks at me funny when she does'ntlike my shoes...When there are rules like this in place, people find ways to break them...players will find a way around it.

At 10/13/2005 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about this one "E"

I think a total of 4 people actually cared about who won the finals, meanwhile over half of the world saw or read about another one of Artests Immuturity tantrems- that he is now on probabtion for.

This league turned way too ghetto after the Jordan era- which is why the NBA's following is barely above hockey- and that may change with Hockeys new rules.

Make the thugs dress up nice- they aernt on a crackhead infested playground anymore they should act like it.

Even Roy Jones used to walk to the ring in a tux with hip hop entrance music.

At 10/14/2005 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

somebody just ticked me off and it was probly an unathletic, stiff, hatin' white boy. i won't even acknowledge ur response since due to its inaccuracy. the nba is GLOBAL, son. putting nhl and nba in the same sentance is a JOKE. AND you sound like a racist. AND i would do the SAME exact thing, probly worse, as artest did.
And let the record show that jordan was not a clean cut, future richest and most notable figure in sports, in the world, when he entered the league. he defied officials and wore his own warm ups and shoes to league/team events like slam dunk competitions and such. he rocked thick chains like LL cool J, he knocked out or abused those who opposed him (teammate or opponent), and had vices in the form of infidelity and gambling. Thanks. You got served. Now, may God damn you to the nearest crack infested playground, a-hole.
-ELLIOTT aka "your daddy"

At 10/14/2005 9:26 AM, Anonymous bird said...

Elliot spends many an hour in crack-infested playgrounds. Somebody hit a nerve. Hockey still sucks. If you're a hockey guy then you belong in Canada, YOU HOSER!!!

At 10/14/2005 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instead of requiring players to wear suits, maybe Mr. Stern should consider banning tattoos. Shaada.


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