NBA stars get their nickname “ballers” for a reason. In the past few years, players have become obsessed with fashion, like the usual front row appearance at major fashion shows by Tyson Chandler at Alexander Wang, and Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony at Versace. Ballers also love their bling—a whole lot of bling. And of course, they love to show off their $1000 vintage eyewear—sometimes without lenses (yes, I mean Russell Westbrook)—at the post-game conferences.
But NBA players, more than any other sporting athlete, always seem to follow one golden rule: to never wear last season’s garb.
Yesterday, the league’s most stylish team, the Miami Heat rolled out the red carpet to take the court in their black-tie finest—a big change from their usual home court white. As the team rushed into arena to the beat of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” the players unveiled their new #BlackTie uniforms, marking the team’s 20th jersey model since the franchise was created in 1988.
Inspired by the classic tuxedo, this season the team decided to recycle their dated, bold-faced print with red decals for a clean, all-black look with graphic letters. Additionally (and a surprise), the team changed the front logo from “HEAT” to “MIAMI,” though there’s sure to be several variations of this new look.
Perhaps the new jerseys will inspire these ballers to take the court in slam-dunk style. Though, last night’s game against the Oklahoma Thunder, proved otherwise in an 86-94 loss.