Excited for the NBA finals? Join the BDL crew for a live Finals Chat on Twitter during tonight’s Game 2. We’ll be cracking jokes, sharing observations and talking about the game with NBA fans like you. Participate by using the hashtag #FinalsChat, and don’t forget to follow @YahooBDL for your daily NBA fix.
As literally everyone now knows, the NBA playoffs are all about fashion, which is great, because everybody who blogs about basketball for a living is obviously a skilled style professional with a keen sense of couture who is definitely not wearing an 11-year-old T-shirt and mesh shorts right now/always. One player who has become a focal point for roundball runway talk is Russell Westbrook, who celebrated a fantastic performance in Game 1 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s second-round series with the Los Angeles Lakers by sporting a fishing-lure-flecked T-shirt and bright-red glasses (or, rather, frames without lenses, because he sees better without them) in the postgame press conference.
The look got laughs and, more importantly for Westbrook, national attention. He has continued to sport the frames and wear routinely outlandish shirts, prompting commentators like Jeff Van Gundy to rock the red on TV, leading to OKC coach Scott Brooks weighing in on his point guard’s fashion sense and spurring a hilarious disagreement over who started this important, important trend.
Now, though, it seems the national dialogue on the glasses has reached its zenith (or nadir, depending on your vantage point). Sally Jessy Raphael, noted red-spectacled talk show host of the ’80s and ’90s, has been tapped for comment about the style choice of a player whose look reminded many of hers.
When reached by Sean Gregory from Time magazine’s Keeping Score blog, Raphael said she did not know who Russell Westbrook was. Which is reasonable, because there are probably a lot of 77-year-old ladies (and lots of non-basketball fans in general) who do not know who Russell Westbrook is. Which, obviously, is the reason he is wearing red glasses and brightly colored shirts all the time in the first place. (But we digress.)
Anyway, even though she’s not familiar with the Thunder point guard’s body of work or his wardrobe, Raphael was kind enough to offer him some words to the wise: “The basketball player better be careful.”
Continue reading here:
Russell Westbrook, Sally Jessy Raphael has some red glasses real-talk for you