The NBA Draft speaks to sports fans and media on a number of levels. While many eagerly wait to find out which player will get drafted to which team, more and more the focus is shifting to those fashion-conscious players who have as much swagger off-court as they do on-court.
And as always, along with out favourites were misses as well. Epke Udoh and Greg Munroe stood out the most. There was nothing bold and memorable about their looks and in fact, the suits unflatteringly hung off their large frames. But we can’t deny a humbling smile when we see one and Epke Udoh has won us over.
But we get it. Some players simply don’t stress about style. They focus their energy entirely on their game and we don’t blame them; emotions are flying high the days leading up to Draft night. It’s all about drafting the biggest talent, the most infectious personalities and the players with the most potential. That’s a whole lot for a 19 year-old to deal with.
When asked if he felt any added pressure being the consensus No. 1 pick John Wall says, “I feel like I had pressure since I became No. 1 in high school…It’s been an emotional experience.”
Going from college basketball to the NBA comes with all kinds of responsibilities. Players begin to think about endorsement deals, making the right decisions off-court and training hard enough to live up to the hype.
Patrick Patterson who was drafted by the Houston Rockets describes the experience to BALLnROLL.com: “I’m shaking on the inside. I’m trying to be calm, act cool but I’m so nervous inside. I’m definitely enjoying this. It’s a blessing and I’m so happy.”
And as always, with hard work come perks. Patterson’s plans for his first professional pay check? “I gotta get my mom and dad something. That’s the first thing. Then eventually a Lamborghini but I ain’t ready for that yet.”
It will be interesting to see not only how the players develop their technical game over the next year but also how their off-court style evolves from amateur to pro-basketball.