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The NBA has said they’ll be instituting a dress code for players who are at the game but not in uniform. Rather than the jeans, ball caps, and button-up shirts you often see on the bench, the NBA would like the players to wear a jacket and tie. Presumably this is to improve the image of the players and the league, but some of the players are against it.

Marcus Camby is playing the poverty card, saying that if the league wants the players to dress a certain way, they should pay the players to do so. Apparently Camby has forgotten that basketball is already paying him $45 million dollars.

And in the most desparate “think of the children” cry I’ve ever seen, Allen Iverson has suggested that wearing business suits would send the wrong message to kids. That’s because the kids would feel bad when they don’t get to wear the same clothing to school that their favorite NBA players wear courtside.

October 12, 2005 2:35 PM

Think of the children is right, that's exactly why they should be doing it. If it doesn't result in more responsible professional minded young adults it will at least return us to the era when thugs wore pinstripe suits and frankly that was classier, there was a certain dignity in being gunned down by a guy dressed for a funeral, none of this jeans down around your knees while ya "bust a cap" stuff. Here here! A return to traditional thuggery! Or better yet less thuggery all around.

Joseph Scott
October 12, 2005 3:33 PM

Add these two players to my list of people for whom I have absolutely no respect for.

Josh Dura
October 13, 2005 7:06 AM

I agree. The players are being complete morons about this. But at the same time, does the NBA really think that a dress code is going to be what fixes the image of the league? I guess seeing those players beat the crap out of fans at the Pacers/Pistons game, in suits, would make me feel a lot better about it :)

Kyle Hoggatt
November 12, 2005 1:06 PM

Basketball is just a game and you shouldn't have to dress up to go play basketball. And how the hell did raising the age to get into the NBA and putting a dress code into affect help the NBA stay out of a lockout?

connie jewell
January 9, 2007 6:50 PM

I think this is great and when the nba players get a chance after they buy thier clothes tell me where i can get some for my 14 yr old who is already 6'11 and still growing.

July 28, 2008 1:47 PM

is there a nba player sending a massgae on dis borad here?? :S

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