With the new NBA dress code mandating business-casual attire, some players are trading sweat suits for tailored suits. But where does a really tall guy shop for clothes?
The average height in the league is 6-foot-7, making it difficult for players to find suits off the rack. But the good news for the big guys is that there is no shortage of fashion designers who do custom and made-to-measure clothing and that are more than willing to help out.
"I take a lot of pride in how I look," said Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett, who already was one of the league's snappier dressers before the dress code was instituted.
"I have my own little style that works for me, I don't try to bite into anybody else's style. When I get clothes made, I make them to my own taste."
One advantage of being a professional athlete is that clothing manufacturers love to have the pros wearing their apparel. Some clothing companies even track players down in their hotel rooms.
"They come find us," said 6-foot-11 Jazz center Jarron Collins. "On a road trip here [in Charlotte], a clothing company called my room and said 'Do you need anything?' They come to your room with fabric."
At 7-2, Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo used to have his clothes imported from France. NBA Commissioner David Stern's dress code is nothing new to Mutombo, who has been abiding by one ever since he played at Georgetown for coach John Thompson.
"It was mandatory in college that we had to wear a suit," Mutombo said.
Even the most outspoken critics of the dress code have conformed. The 76ers' Allen Iverson has traded in his do-rag, gold chains and throwback jersey for a leather coat, tan slacks and light brown boots.
"It's my job. I just have to deal with it," he said. "I don't have a problem with it. I'll do it for the rest of the season."
Knicks guard Stephon Marbury has taken it upon himself to help out some of his fashion-challenged teammates. Marbury, who appeared in the Joseph Abboud spring 2005 ad campaign, will outfit each of his teammates in a Joseph Abboud custom-designed suit.
-- From News Services