Wednesday, October 19, 2005

This is why I hate the NBA dress code.

Sports: I knew it would make reporters look for the opinions of NBA players who are going to say something stupid. I haven't been disappointed so far.

The Nuggets' Marcus Camby, who makes about $8 million a year, said players should get a stipend. "Guys who haven't been wearing suits and don't own suits," Camby told the Rocky Mountain News Oct. 6. "It will be really hard to get them in time for the season."
I have a feeling that custom made suits for NBA players can be made in quick order by various companies who want to make money. As for getting a stipend, that quote is almost as good as Sprewell' rejecting a contract for 7 million a year because it wasn't enough to feed his family.
Players no longer can arrive at or leave games wearing headphones, sunglasses while indoors, T-shirts, shorts, sleeveless shirts or chains, medallions or pendants. They're also forbidden to wear replica or throwback jerseys and baseball caps to postgame news conferences. And if a player doesn't suit up for a game, he must wear a sports coat on the bench. Most Pistons disagree with the new rule. "Most people dress according to their culture and their ethnic background," said Dale Davis, a 14-year veteran. "You almost embrace the culture, and now it's taken away. That's tough." Guard Richard Hamilton said the NBA has marketed throwback jerseys for many years, and only in recent years has it become a fad. Rasheed Wallace is a big fan of them. So is former Pistons coach Larry Brown. Now they can't wear them. One reporter told Hamilton the NBA stands for No Bling Allowed. Hamilton smirked. "It's crazy though, every young guy that comes through the NBA, that's the first thing they get is a chain," Hamilton said. "That's going to be kind of different. But you can't control what people wear around their neck."
Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson, contending that a league ban on chains worn over clothing is "a racist statement" from the league, wore every long, diamond-studded chain in his collection Tuesday night as a protest. Jackson voiced no opposition to the bulk of the "business casual" demands in the NBA's new dress code, but he described the jewelry ban as "attacking young black males." "I think it's a racist statement because a lot of the guys who are wearing chains are my age and are black," said Jackson, 27. "I wore all my jewelry today to let it be known that I'm upset with it. "I'll wear a suit every day. I think we do need to look more professional because it is a business. A lot of guys have gotten sloppy with the way they dress. But it's one thing to [enforce a] dress code and it's another thing if you're attacking cultures, and that's what I think they're doing."
When I think of Black culture which has spawned greatness like W.E.B. Du Bois, Benjamin Banneker, Lewis Latimer, Louis Armstrong , inventors, musicians, African culture, empires that have come and gone. The fact some fool making millions of dollars cries racism because he can't wear his bling bling looking like a poor man's Mr.T annoys me. If bling bling and looking like a street thug is now an important part of Black culture, something has gone very wrong in Black society. You get paid like a professional, you look and act like a professional. Update# Forget everything I said, Here is a picture perfect example of why the dress code is needed.
MIAMI - OCTOBER 12: (R-L) Dwyane Wade #3, Dorrel Wright #1 and Jason Williams #55 of the Miami Heat arrive at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on October 12, 2005 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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