OKLAHOMA CITY – The only thing about Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook that stirs more debate than his game is his, uh … rather interesting wardrobe.
You’ve seen his colorful collection at the microphone in postgame news conferences, so you know the man has a keen eye for unique fashion. And like any form of self-expression, what looks strange to some looks like genius to others.
The clothes, the glasses without lenses … it’s the one thing the Thunder’s young stars definitely have in common with their Heat counterparts.
So with a day between Games 1 and 2 of The Finals, you had to know the subject might come up in an interview setting.
When asked where he buys his clothes, Westbrook decided to play along.
“I buy them a lot of different places,” he said. “I can’t really tell you, but I buy them a lot of different places.”
Every player to hit the podium after Game 1 wore the designer spectacles, a trend whose origins remain a bit murky.
“I’ve been wearing glasses since I’ve been in the league,” Westbrook said. “I think everybody else just started wearing them now.”
He stopped short, however, of claiming to start the madness. (Sally Jessy Raphael appreciates Westbrook refraining from taking credit.)
“Hey, I ain’t saying nothing,” he said as the room continued to fill with laughter, “but I’m just saying.”
Heat star LeBron James knows that Westbrook didn’t start the glasses trend, but he’s not sure who did.
“I don’t know who started it, honestly” he said. “I think now I’ve been wearing mine for about two years now. But I don’t know who started it. None of us started it. It could have started back in the ’70s or ’80s. I’m serious, fashion comes and goes.”