Magazine lead times are such that publishers can get themselves in to some pretty funny scenarios if something goes wrong in the three months between when the mag is done and when it’s published. Like, I don’t know, say a famous men’s magazine did a huge fashion spread involving athletes who play a sport that didn’t start it’s season in time. That could result in an issue that has a bunch of unemployed gentlemen dunking in suits they probably had to buy on credit.

Lucky for GQ, there’s a new CBA just waiting to be ratified, which makes their photo spread totally relevant. Close call.

The centerpiece of the article, if you ask me, is Blake Griffin. The stylists gave him the trendiest suit and somehow managed to make red look good on a ginger. This guy really can do anything.

On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, Andre Iguodala also got the nod for this shoot.

Cool Jordan pose, weird face. Basically what you’d expect from Grimace.

Meanwhile, Shannon Brown got to look like the fanciest extra from “Mary Poppins.”

 

Cheerio, mate.

Russell Westbrook was definitely, definitely there.

As was JaVale McGee which is something I would have never imagined was possible. But it really did happen, on purpose even.

I’m assuming this is Pierre in the magazine. A plaid suit with a checked shirt and tie seems very Pierre-y to me. Also, I’m the world’s worst rapper now.

Good thing the NBA and the players reached a deal, otherwise this “dudes dunking in suits for some reason” thing would be totally ridiculous. I’m glad they dodged that bullet.