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I know you are thinking that the title of this post is some kind of weird Mad Lib that is actually believable considering Tyson Chandler once said “anybody can wear” drop crotch pants, but I promise you it is 100 percent real. You see TyChan and his wife are in Australia right now, and they’re reporting back on their purchases for Style.com. Here’s what his wife, Kimberly, had to say:

While Down Under in Australia, Tyson and I discovered Alistair Trung in the bustling neighborhood of Paddington. Alistair is a Vietnamese-Aussie designer with a fresh take—his clothes transcending size, age, and gender. His boutique is a favorite among artists and those seeking original designs. We both hit the jackpot, walking away with matching drop-crotch pants and button-down tops. Alistair’s shop is located at 128 Oxford Street, Paddington.

There you go — Alistair Trung is Australia’s go-to place for matching men’s and women’s drop crotch pants and button down tops. I don’t know if this changes your shopping plans for the summer, but considering Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union also wear the same pants, it might be smart to get together with your significant other, go pants shopping and pick out something you both like. It’s the cool, new NBA thing to do. If you don’t match your pants to your main squeeze’s pants, you might as well not even wear pants. It’s that crucial.

Oh, and about the boomerang — they bought one. Here’s Tyson:

I was on a mission to find a vintage boomerang while vacationing with Kimberly in Australia. I found the boomerang and plenty more at 76 Mitchell Road, the antique and design center. This huge antique shopping mall had the feel of walking straight into a time warp, with pieces dating back to the 1800s.

I don’t think anybody would be surprised to find out you can buy vintage boomerangs in an Australian antique shop, but I thought it was important that you know I wasn’t lying earlier when I said Tyson Chandler and his wife bought all this stuff on their vacation. Now you know, which means we’re all a step closer to realizing that Tyson Chandler is one of the low-key renaissance men of the NBA. He takes pictures, matches pants with his wife, grows giant beards and dresses like a trendy Amish guy — what’s not to love?

(via Posting and Toasting)

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Jimmy Butler wore an offensive t-shirt about a year ago — offensive for its contents, not just because it looks like something a tween would buy at Hot Topic and Jimmy Butler is 22 — but since he made pals with Miley Cyrus it started circulating again and now he’s had to apologize. Yes, this is what happens in the NBA in 2013.

The t-shirt apology, as per Butler’s Twitter feed:

In regards to the picture that is circulating… It was early last year and the shirt simply matched my shoes. In no way do I support the message written on the shirt. I sincerely apologize to any of my fans who may have been offended. Much love, JB.

Ah yes, the classic “my shirt matched my shoes” defense. Sure, it opens up questions like “If you don’t support the message on the shirt then why did you buy it?” and “As a grownup, why did you buy that shirt at all?” and “I thought you were a country music fan, but you’re wearing a bad rap shirt?,” but it’s still a solid defense, especially in this post-swag NBA world we’re living in. I mean, looking fly comes first in the NBA these days, so it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that a Lil’ Boosie hair-alike would shoutout a fellow Louisiana rapper.

Then again, there is an easier way to avoiding these sort of hijinks. And that would be to pick different shoes. Yeah, I know you’re thinking he should just have just not bought the shirt — because look at it — but since he already has it, if he skips over his “Pussy, Women & Weed” shoes every time he’s picking out an outfit, he won’t ever have to apologize for this again. It’s simple logic, but it makes sense. Unlike the thought process behind buying that shirt.

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Back when Russell Westbrook’s Nike contract was running out, but still before he signed with Jordan Brand, I remember people saying he should sign with adidas because they’d hook him up with some bananas Jeremy Scott gear, who you might remember is the guy who ruffled David Stern’s feathers with his “My Pet Monster”-inspired shackle shoes. That Russell Westbrook stuff obviously never happened, but Scott finally got his hands on a pair of basketball signature shoes and this limited edition version of the adidas D-Rose 3.5 is the result.

Quoth the designer:

“I really wanted to meld my world and Derrick’s world,” said Jeremy Scott. “I used his shoes as a canvas and created the coolest cherubs in the world for this shoe.”

Well, Derrick Rose never actually wore these, what with the torn ACL and the year-long rehabilitation and all that, but still — these are plain white shoes with crazy-looking cherubs on them, so mission accomplished. I joke, but it seems like this vision was definitely carried out as planned.

And I almost hate to say it, but I kind of like these a lot. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think a pair of angel-covered white shoes are the most practical footwear choice, but I can’t help but enjoy the very early-2000s-y look of these. More specifically, they remind me of Pharrell Williams’ pre-Reebok run of Ice Creams, only in a basketball shoe. Maybe you disagree and think these are silly, but I think they’re pretty fun for the summer.

Of course, if you agree with me that these are A-OK, good luck getting them. They’re going to retail for $225, which is right in line with the rest of the Jeremy Scott line, but the tricky part is that they’ll only be releasing at a handful of shops — they are: Bait, Kith, Leaders 1354, Millennium Shoes, Oneness Boutique and Packer Shoes — around the world. That’s the price you have to pay for a pair of designer shoes, I guess. There aren’t a lot of NBA signature shoes that get updated by actual fashion designers, so there’s not much frame of reference, but that certainly seems logical.

That being said, if all of this somehow leads to Derrick Rose being spotted in full cherub tracksuit along the lines of this number, I’m out. No one needs to see that.

More shots after the jump. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.

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“what is that?!? Keep away.”Roy Hibbert, former sleeve-wearer who will not play for the Pacers’ summer league team as he is an established veteran player, upon seeing the Pacers’ sleeved summer league jerseys

(via BDL)

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Best Dressed (Rookie) — Raul Neto
Classic blue suit, pants that actually fit right and don’t pool at the ankles, burnished brown shoes for that Italian look — Raulzinho nailed it. He might have wanted to straighten his tie for his official rookie portrait, but everything about his look is pretty perfect. Really good job.

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Best Dressed (Legend) — Hakeem Olajuwon
It is not saying much, but Hakeem looked better in his draft suit last night than he did when he was drafted. The Dream can even make an usher’s costume look classy.

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Worst Dressed — Sergey Karasev
In this day and age, the only time you’re getting a horrible draft suit is if it’s on purpose, a la Joakim Noah in 2007. Fashion is just too important nowadays for guys to really mess things up. Ergo, you have to look for small things, like Russian guard Sergey Karasev buttoning only the bottom button of his jacket, which is precisely the exact opposite way you’re supposed to do it. Unless you like having a gigantic puffy chest, this is a bad idea.

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If I were a scout working on a Nerlens Noel report right now, I’d list Social Media Integration as a strength. Because he is already making pro moves before even setting foot on an NBA court.

From NBA.com’s All Ball blog:

One of the top picks in this year’s Draft looks to be Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel. And while he waits to find out which team will be drafting him, he’s currently figuring out what to wear. Which is where you come in.

Nerlens has his choices narrowed down to three suits, pictured below. The first two looks are by Jhoanna Alba, and the third is by Roger Mischel. All three look great, but Nerlens can only rock one on draft night. Cast your vote down below and tune into the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night at 7:00 ET on ESPN to see the winning look.

That’s right — Nerlens Noel is letting the internet pick what he wears to draft night. It’s genius, if only because it takes the two most important things to becoming an NBA notable — being in to fashion and using the internet — and combines them. It’s like the 2013 NBA equivalent of inventing Goober. And he’s got the flattop? What an internet ready kind of fellow.

Personally, I voted for the second choice, the light grey number. It’s summer, so NerDog can afford to lighten things up a bit. Not to mention, the overall blueness of this look hints at his Kentucky background (all of 24 games), while not being quite as obvious about it as the third look. I think we can all agree the first outfit is a bit too Andy Bernard for a potential No. 1 draft pick.

So go vote, if only because it is hilarious that choosing an NBA player’s draft night suit is a thing that can happen now. It’s just too bad we can’t force him to make an eternally regrettable mistake.

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Once upon a time, LeBron James lost his headband during an NBA Finals game, then went on to lead his team to an incredible come-from-behind victory while putting up huge numbers, sans terry cloth. Then, despite all evidence suggesting the contrary, he brought the band back for the next game, even though it seemed like he’d found the perfect time to create a new on-court look.

As it turns out, there is a reason LeBron wore a headband for Game 7. That reason? Superpowers, of course. Ball Don’t Lie transcribed yesterday’s title celebration:

It was a out-of-body experience for me. If anyone knows me, especially my teammates, [if] my headband comes off in a game, I lose all powers. I can’t dunk no more, I can’t shoot, I can’t dribble. I’m like a newborn baby. I start slobbering and everything.

Oh man, this is a real Samson and Delilah situation (other acceptable comparisons: a reverse of Superman and kryptonite, the entire plot of “The Mask,” the Green Lantern’s power ring and probably 50,000 other comic book backstories). It is pretty amazing that LeBron James was able to play through the tragedy of not wearing a headband for upwards of 14 game minutes. Add this to his growing list of legendary accomplishments: played NBA Finals basketball without a headband. Quite impressive.

This does put to bed, I’d think, the most important remaining question about LeBron James’ career — whether or not he’ll ever ditch the headband. Obviously it makes him feel secure on the court, so it seems like we’re looking at another decade of LeHeadband. Maybe that will change in the future, but for now it sure seems like LeBron is full speed ahead with regards to headbands.

Then again, while his two turnovers in the final minute of Game 6′s fourth quarter would suggest he’s right about losing the ability to dribble when his headband falls off, he dunked literally as he was being deheadbanded. And then he made 50 percent of his shots in his plain-headed state. Which is to say, it is possible for LeBron James to ball out without a headband on. I know it must seem like a daunting task, but it can be done. He should take his time adjusting to this reality, but we have to have faith that a non-headbanded LeBron James is still a realistic possibility. If we can see it, then he can do it. If we just believe it, there’s nothing to it.