Ben Golliver: Draymond Green on LeBron James’s suit shorts: “I started that trend a long time ago. Go check the pictures.”
“For me, it’s normal,” said Jose Calderon, who is Spanish. “I’m used to it. In Europe, everybody does that. Every team goes looking the exact same way every time to play. Depending what is your team, you can go all with the same sweats, you can go all with the same suits, but usually everybody dresses to travel the same.” The Cavs aren’t as strict with the dress code as many European teams — they don’t wear the suits on the plane, for instance — but even the times they do wear the suits has taken some getting used to for a few players.
But even Nance is starting to become a convert. “I would not say I’m anti-suit. It’s just, for me, that was probably the furthest outside my comfort zone,” Nance said. “To be honest with you, now I’m starting to like it, though. … We walk in kind of badass. Like a business meeting.” The first “meeting” went terribly, however. Cleveland went to Indiana for Game 3, debuted the suits and proceeded to blow a 17-point lead as it fell behind in the series 2-1 to the lower-seeded Pacers. “When we lost our first game,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said, “I knew it would be a story.”
When Kendrick Perkins signed on the dotted line to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent on the final day of the regular season, his contract paid him a prorated portion of the veteran’s minimum salary, worth a whopping $13,156. […] James, looking to create a unified team experience for Cleveland’s postseason run, paired with New York-based designer Thom Browne to gift his teammates three of Browne’s signature Super 120s twill suits (a light grey, a grey and a charcoal), white oxford shirts, cashmere cardigan sweaters, sunglasses, ties, black pebble grain leather boots (or calf leather low cut trainers), a black Chesterfield overcoat, a bag and a sweat suit with Browne’s distinct 4-bar detail. The retail cost of the total wardrobe the players received is north of $17,120, according to Browne’s website.