The NBA announced their Player Dress Code, which requires all players to wear business casual attire whenever they are engaged in team or league business.
No more sunglasses indoors! No more medallions over clothing! As expected, several players are outraged and have been vocal on this issue already, even though the league (voluntarily) passed it by the players' union first.
When in attendance at a game (but not playing and in a jersey), players are required to wear a sport jacket. This certainly puts the "sport" back in "sport jacket."
Of all the quotes from players, most of them are understandable. You can actually see where they are coming from. The most outlandish quote comes from Camby:
"I don't see it happening unless every NBA player is given a stipend to buy clothes." -Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 10/19/05)
How's this for a stipend? How about your team overpays you by a bajillion dollars??? Marcus Camby . . . 2005 . . . $8,500,000. That's all I need to say . . .
. . . but I'll say more. As I mentioned in my "Pro Sports Unions Are Worthless" post, the NBA minimum salary is $385,277. For comparison, the salary for a WNBA's salary was capped at $174,000, and many of the WNBA players earned less than I do annually! Even when you're a huge freak, I think you can afford a couple suits and business casual attire without demanding a clothing stipend. Camby, get over it! You win the "Weakest Excuse Award." No one is going to feel sorry for you and your new dress code because of the cost to the players. I earn well under 1/8 of the league minimum, and I can manage to buy some business casual clothing.
The "Take It Like a Pro" Award goes to Mo Williams:
"You know when you put the rules in, Allen Iverson is not going to abide by it. But he's one player, and that's the way they look at it. I have dress clothes at home, so I get to break them out. That's cool. I can see what they're trying to do." -Mo Williams, Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 10/19/05)