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.
For every road playoff game, through Indiana, in Toronto and now in Boston, the Cavs have worn the suits from the team hotel, onto the bus, into the visitor’s locker room when they make their entrance and up to the postgame podium before they make their exit. One team. Fifteen players. One aesthetic. “I think it just forms unity,” said Perkins. “I think it shows togetherness — win or lose — with them on. Like, when you see when somebody sends out a text and says, ‘Hey, we’re wearing suit No. 2’ and you see everybody wear it, it kind of shows guys that they’re all in. I think it’s a good thing, man. I think it’s a good thing.” Then a grin appeared on the big man’s normally menacing face. “And, it saves people a lot of money from buying clothes.”
Anyone who saw LeBron James arrive at The Q for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night saw the King do so in style. That includes debuting a new project with fashion designer John Elliott. James was seen arriving to the arena wearing the John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon shoe featuring white and off-white colors.
That particular version of the shoe is a “friends and family” exclusive, per Elliott’s Instagram account. But the black and white version of the Icon, seen during post game, will be made available to retail at some point in the near future. The new sneakers will be the centerpiece of a John Elliott x LeBron James collection that will also include the hat and sneakers worn by James Monday.
Are you finally ready to tell the world what the ‘P’ in ‘Swaggy P’ means? Nick Young: I mean, I got a book coming out. After I win a championship, it’s going to drop the same day as my album. I’ve been going to the studio. You’re going to capitalize on the moment. Nick Young: Yeah and my lifestyle shoes too. It’s all in one.
You’ve played ball over the country. What city has the best style? Are you going to be a hometown dude and say LA? Nick Young: Yeah, I’m going to have to go with LA. New York too. They’re both so different. LA is more laid back. We got sun, we got the beach, we got women that can show cleavage and all that.
Versus New York where it’s more bundled up… Nick Young: Black coats and no cleavage [laughs]. But anything is better than, like, Cleveland and Oklahoma and places like that. That’s sad. Indiana is in there, too. But those are still big games so you got to show out when you wear something to the stadium. Other than that, you’re just staying inside.