The NBA recently decided they needed to improve their public image. Of course we are getting the typical response from these over-paid cry babies. Stephen Jackson of the Pacers thinks the whole thing is racially motivated. Of course Stephen, maybe many of us would not think you are street thugs and "gangstas" if you did not dress like a Washington DC drug dealer. I am sure you see no conection between your thugery in Michigan last year and the idea that the NBA needs to clean up its image? Look in the mirror and see the reflection the rest of us see.
I have even more scorn for Marcus Camby and that paragon of public image, Allen Iverson. They both claim that if the NBA wants them to dress differently, the NBA should give them a clothing stipend. Take it from someone who makes significantly less than 1% of your pay, Iverson, you get no sympathy here. Not only do I have to wear the now prescribed business casual clothing I also have to wear a suit and tie on occasion. It is part of the image my employer demands and expects. He wants me to look professional. It may be more my style and personal image to wear jeans and a Nike T-shirt, but that will not send the image my company wants me to project. To add shock upon awe to you NBA thugs, I PAY FOR MY OWN CLOTHING. Yes, I spring for the Dockers and golf shirt. I buy the suit, the tie, the wing tips myself. I know it will be hard for clean-cut all American NBA ballers like Spreewell to manage (he just wants to feed his family), but you can get a pair of Dockers for less than $40. You can get a suit at Penney's or Sears for just over $100. A decent suit will cost about $400-500. Of course I am aware most of you need the big and tall stuff, but you can still get a tailor made suit for less than $1000.
Poor Allen, how will you afford to buy a new set of clothes? Based on your latest 4 year contract you will make more than $76 million. That equates to about $3,897 per minute of playing time. I think you can contribute about 20 seconds of pay to buy five new pairs of pants, and a half dozen shirts.
Get over it.