OAKLAND — Like everyone on NBA Twitter, Steve Kerr is a big fan of Draymond Green’s SportsCenter commercial, which spoofs the league’s famed “arena walk.”
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 9, 2017
“I think it’s a great commercial,” the Golden State Warriors head coach said during his pregame press conference on Tuesday night. “I saw it for the first time today. I thought it was hilarious. Good stuff.”
When asked if he’d made any questionable choices of attire during his tenure as a player, Kerr simply looked down at his plain white dress shirt.
“I’m pretty vanilla as you probably have noticed unfortunately. I haven’t draw much attention from the fashion police,” Kerr joked. “But teammates? There was a guy named Dennis Rodman. Interesting dresser. So, I remember him.”
Kerr even offered a theory as to how the NBA became such a fashion-conscious league, pointing to October 2005 when then-commissioner David Stern instituted a dress code.
“I didn’t like it at first,” Kerr explained. “And I think in hindsight it was the best thing that could have been done. A lot of guys were wearing like throwbacks jerseys and stuff on the sidelines. And I think David Stern wanted to make the whole thing look more professional.
“I thought it was sort of infringing on guys’ right to dress however they wanted. But, whether it was intentional or not, it created kind of this fashion wave that has, first of all, made the guys look more professional – not in every case – but in most cases.”
Kerr argued that the dress code – perhaps accidentally — broaden the fan base of the league.
“But secondly, I think it’s drawn a lot of attention to the league from maybe people who wouldn’t have been as interested. Maybe they’re more interested in fashion than basketball, but now they’re watching the NBA. You see guys walking into the game with an interesting outfit on. We’re in the entertainment business. So, I think it’s great.”