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From the person who brought you “Why are Chris Paul’s hats so big?” comes another blockbuster question about something minor in a player’s wardrobe — Why is Paul George’s jersey tag always sticking out? That picture up top is from Game 3, the one below is from Game 4 and you’re just going to have to trust me that that thing was out for the entirety of both of these games.

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Maybe this is why Paulie G has only 10 of his last 38 shots against the Knicks — tags can be really itchy, and being really itchy can be really distracting, and when you’re distracted maybe it isn’t easy to focus on shooting. I’m just spitballing here, but that’s the most logical explanation for George’s shooting slump.

Luckily for the Pacers, there’s an easy fix. Someone just needs to tuck it in next game. My choice is Roy Hibbert, since he’ll definitely have a good view of it from on high. Could be anyone though, just as long as it’s someone.

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Have you ever wanted to go on “Shark Tank” or at least watched “Shark Tank” with your mom while trying to kill a few hours? If you’ve answered yes to either of these questions, this story is right up your alley and also I think our mothers would probably get along.

From Mark Cuban’s blog, duh:

The Mavs are going to re-do our uniforms for the 2015-16 season… if we get a unique and original design. What’s the best way to come up with creative ideas ? You ask for them. So we are going to crowd source the design and colors of our uniforms.

You know what an NBA uniform looks like. You know what the Mavs colors are for today and the past.  We want some new ideas that stay true to our logo and at least close to our current color schemes. Show us what you got !

How do you participate ? You post your ideas/pictures/graphics/videos/photos directly on this blog.  Yes we want every one to see them.  Steve Jobs said “everything is a remix” . Uniforms probably more so than even technology. So we want every post to inspire other ideas and posts. [...]

This is your chance to get bragging rights and put your signature design on the Dallas Mavs and the NBA.

This opportunity will last till the last day in May.

Submitting ideas in public to Mark Cuban, who will then decide on those ideas — it’s your own personal episode of “Shark Tank,” only this one is played out on the internet. And really, this is a great opportunity because you can’t do worse than those silver Mavs jerseys from a few years back. Not to mention, when you consider that Diddy designed the green Dallas alternates that the team wore a couple seasons ago, you’ll be in pretty sweet company once you become the Mavericks’ new stylist. Or as Diddy might say, “Uh-huh yeah.”

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In today’s NBA, there is nothing more important than looking cool coming to and from playing in a basketball game. That’s why you see all these fancy outfits all the time. But one thing we never really think about is how silly these guys with the snazzy clothes must feel when they’ve picked out their freshest duds, only to see their team lose a game, which then makes it look like the player got dressed up for no reason. It’s a total buzzkill sartorially.

And no one knows that better right now than J.R. Smith, who was super on board with the Knicks wearing black to the Celtics’ funeral, right up until the part when the C’s climbed out of the grave. From CBS New York:

“Well, we was going to a funeral, but it looks like we got buried,” Smith said. “Basketball is a very humbling game.”

Especially on nights like Smith had.

The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year missed his first 10 shots and finished 3 of 14 from the field as the Celtics stayed alive with a 92-86 victory Wednesday night, cutting New York’s lead to 3-2.

The Knicks didn’t have much of a choice but to wear their all-black street clothes after the loss.

“I’m done with this black stuff,” said Smith.

First things first, props to J.R. Smith for having a line ready. If you’re going to be publicly embarrassed, it’s always wise to have a decent zinger in your back pocket to make it seem like you’re at least levelheaded about what has transpired. It’s comedy as a defense and it’s a perfectly fine way of coping, or so I’ve heard.

And hey, if J.R. is putting away all his black clothes because he went 3-14 from the field when trying to close out his team’s biggest rivals, now’s a perfect time to do that. It’s spring now, the weather is warming up and colors are going to be returning to everyone’s wardrobes. Sure, you can wear black all year long, but now is the time to lighten things up. Not only are lighter colors going to keep you cooler in the heat, it’s also seasonally appropriate to let a few bright hues show up from time to time. As a new-to-the-game fashionista, J.R. probably knows this and might just be letting people in on his new spring inspiration.

Or maybe he is just embarrassed that the Knicks made such a big deal about what they were wearing to the game, then followed that up by playing so poorly that he can’t bring himself to live through Game 5 again. It’s definitely one of those things, but good luck figuring out which one it is. Pretty tough case to crack.

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It is kind of hard to tell what’s actually going on with Kevin Durant’s backpack, but this — from Sprayground, the people who sell the thing — will certainly help.

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Feels weird to be talking about a Kevin Durant backpack again — so 2011, ugh — but when a guy who is money with his jumper (pun) wears a cash stack-printed backpack, you can bank (pun) on it being posted. It’s just too bad Durant isn’t negotiating a new contract (business term) or something like that, so that we could drum up some fake controversy, but I guess we can fall back on showing you the latest upgrade to Kevin Durant’s every day carry.

And hey, at just $60 this might be the cheapest way to look like a million bucks (super pun) or at least Kevin Durant. I mean, it’s either this or business tattoos with a Sharpie and that’s going to take forever, plus it’s really hard to draw upside down on your own chest. Trust me.

(via CJ Fogler)

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Hey, were you wondering about the sleeveless t-shirt Amir Johnson wears over his uniform when he’s warming up before games? No? Well, too bad because you’re going to learn about it in like three seconds.

From the National Post:

“I just kind of stick with the same shirt all season long,” Johnson said. “It shows how much work I’ve put in. That’s just my T-shirt. It was ripped, but I just tied it to kind of rebuild it.”

You know how John Wetteland never changed his hat during a season, and then it ended up being a crusty brown head flap by the end of the year? This is the NBA equivalent of that.

And the best part is, since Amir just seems to cut off the parts of his shirt that have something wrong with them, it probably doesn’t smell. I mean, just look at the armholes — there’s nothing there to even absorb pit juices. That’s just smart thinking if you’re going to get the same shirt all sweaty for seven months at a time.

Most impressive, however, is that Amir Johnson has somehow been able to hang on to this rag of a shirt for an entire season. Not only is it impressive that the thing hasn’t disintegrated, it must be a challenge to keep track of such a formless piece of fabric. How many times must someone have tried to throw this out, only to have Amir remind them that that was his favorite shirt? Probably a lot.

I like this. The baseballness of it, what the tattered shirt means to Amir Johnson, the dedication to actually keeping track of it — it’s all good. Let’s just make sure he gets a new one next year because I’m pretty sure this won’t survive a summer in storage.

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Two things that are important to know before dipping in to this post:

  1. UNDRCRWN makes cool basketball-themed stuff, as we’ve seen a bunch of times before.
  2. The Heat still call Ray Allen “Jesus Shuttlesworth” when he’s on fire.

Knowing those things, allow me to introduce you to UNDRCRWN’s Jesus Shuttlesworth necklace, which just might be the greatest reinterpretation we’ve ever seen of the classic “Jesus Piece” that’s so famous in the neck jewels world. As far as necklaces of basketball players heads goes, this is the best since Marquis Daniels had his own head bejeweled.

Beyond the details — only 50 of each color of this laser-etched wooden medallion are available for purchase at a cost of $75 apiece — there isn’t much else to say. This is just a fun thing to own if you’re big in to necklaces, Denzel Washington movies, homonyms, Ray Allen, the capitol of Nebraska, the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Big State, Milwaukee Bucks, three-pointers or collecting Spike Lee memorabilia. If you are any or all of those things (not judging), walk your fingers over to UNDRCRWN’s online shop and go crazy. It’s not every day you can celebrate college basketball recruiting’s corruption and honor the greatest shooter in NBA history at the same time.

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As we all know, dressing cool for pre and postgame pictures is the most important thing in today’s NBA. Just think about it — 15 guys a year become champions, but only one person can be the NBA’s best dressed. Math tells us that 15 is more than one, ergo it’s way better to be well-dressed. I’m sure you follow this logic.

That’s why it’s no surprise GQ magazine would do a big article on “The NBA’s New Style Wars” for their April “Style Bible” issue. Even though April isn’t for a couple more days, you can already check the stuff out online to learn how to be great at clothes. And let me tell you, friends, there are some killer quotes in there.

We’ll start with Tyson Chandler, who used to look like an Amish hipster but is now rocking the goth ninja look. It’s a pretty extreme look, especially on a guy who’s 7-foot-1, but that’s why Tyson wants to explain to everyone how to pull it off. Here he is talking about drop-crotch pants.

Whether he’s home painting with his son, Tyson II (pictured), or walking into an arena on game day, the California native goes all-in on the Gotham City look—complete with those infamous drop-crotch pants. “Believe it or not,” he says, “anybody can wear them.”

Remember guys, this is Mr. Capes who is telling you how easy it is to wear these pants, so take this with a grain of salt. I will say that the drop-crotches are comfortable, but it can often make it look like you have dropped something else in your pants. Word of warning.

Perhaps you will be more interested in his next maneuver.

Now Tyson’s looking ahead to the next big thing: sweatpants paired with blazers. “When I say sweatpants, I’m not talking about your typical lie-around-the-house sweatpants. I’m talking about that same soft fabric but in a structured, tailored cut. It sounds crazy, but trust me.”

This is a move that style bros have been pulling for a couple years now, so it’s not terribly surprising that someone in the NBA would catch wind of it. And yeah, you can definitely make this happen, though I do wonder if wearing fancy, tailored sweats is against the league’s dress code. If jeans are banned, I have a feeling sweatpants are too. These are the kinds of things that keep David Stern up at night.

But enough about Tyson Chandler. Let’s talk about Russell Westbrook, who apparently has a new nickname.

A few days later, Westbrook’s publicist tells me that within certain rarefied fashion circles, RW is known as “the Kate Moss of the NBA.” Evidently somebody at Vogue wrote this to her in an e-mail. When I ask Russ how he feels about being compared to a female British supermodel famous for making heroin chic and saying things like “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels,” he assures me he’s cool with it. “It’s a little different,” he says. “But I think it got said because some people are not afraid to do certain things or wear certain stuff. You have to have a certain swagger about you.”

OK well, I guess we’ll all be calling Russell Westbrook “Kate Moss” from now on. Those are the breaks when your publicist tells everyone that fashion people call you “the Kate Moss of the NBA.” I’m not sure what effect this will have on the Kate Scale, but I’m guessing it’ll land somewhere between “catastrophic” and “not a big deal.” (This paragraph paid for in part by the Quotation Mark Foundation.)

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE.

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