Chris Paul brought a tailor to OKC this past summer to take measurements of his Thunder teammates, who rocked their snazzy new suits to Wednesday night’s 126-122 win against the visiting Memphis Grizzlies.
Paul says he especially enjoyed observing younger players’ reactions to receiving the duds.
Center Steven Adams, a staunch anti-fashion icon, stole the show with his getup.
“I remember as a young guy, you don’t necessarily have different things or whatnot,” Paul said. “And it was just a gift. A gift to guys. Baze (rookie Darius Bazley) said this is the first suit he ever had, so to see him, it’s cool. And the cool part about it is not even what it is. It’s that we did it together.”
The team group text began lightening up as the players confirmed that they had all received their suits. They set their game against the Grizzlies that evening for the big reveal.
“It kind of screwed me up, to be honest with you, when I came in,” Adams said. “Because I give a certain amount of time. I didn’t realize how much time it takes to put on one actually. It’s a lot longer than what I’m normally (wearing), so I didn’t account for it. Just like, ah yeah, five minutes, mate.”
Naturally, as the players gathered for a photo of everyone in their threads, the team was forced to wait on Adams, who was the last one to get ready. When is the next time Adams sees himself wearing a suit?
“Probably my funeral, mate.”