For David Stern to have established a dress code isn’t nearly enough for Phil Mushnick. The New York Post columnist would like the commish to hop in a time machine and stop make the uniforms spiffier, too.
Let’s see if we’ve got this straight. David Stern for years allowed, if not encouraged, NBA teams to cash in on the latest prison- and gang-established fashions by changing their logos, uniform colors, even the look of their warm-ups.
How eager was the NBA for its cut of the gang-wear trade? The Philadelphia franchise, nicknamed the 76ers and a team that naturally dressed in red, white and blue uniforms to reflect the city’s birthplace-of-the-nation heritage, switched to mostly black.
And now that Stern recognizes that NBAers are showing up to speak at schools and in airports and for TV interviews looking like recruitment officers for the Bloods and Crips, he’s pushing a more civil dress code.
Y’know, a lot of people like the color black. In their wardrobe, I mean. Johnny Cash, for instance. Did Johnny Cash resemble a recruitment officer for the Bloods and Crips? Are caucasian slobs Steve Nash and Mark Cuban guilty of pushing “gang-wear”? Why is a grown man like Phil so easily intimidated? And seemingly more intimidated by black people?
I eagerly await a News Corp. edict against beards. Phil’s is not merely an eyesore, but a public health hazard as well. God forbid he shows up at a school, looking like Grizzly Adams (or worse, Phil Knight).