Court Side Chic: NBA to Sell Jason Collins Jersey, Serge Ibaka’s Bergundy Suit, Rondo’s Game Night Bow Tie

Joakim Noah’s GQ Spread

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Tell me…What’s a magazine spread without Joakim Noah’s illustrious locks? Absolutely nothing. The Bulls’ center recently lost his messy bun for the March edition of GQ magazine.

Jo-No certainly looks sharp in his notch lapel Southwick tuxedo, treatment Tommy Hilfiger bow-tie and Adidas Sneakers.

Noah tells GQ that his on-the-court style is ‘being the villain.’

“When you look at the people all the way at the top of the arena, and they look so small, right? And they’re just jumping up and down, being like, ‘F— you!’—there’s nothing better than that.” He says.

I must say, Jo-No represents Chicago well. How did Jo-No prepare for his GQ debut? Why, Tequila of course!

“I was a little nervous. So I actually had a couple of tequila shots, and it helped me out so much.” Noah tells GQ.

James Harden, Steph Curry and Kenneth Faried also fabulously graced the GQ spread. Check out the photos here!

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James Hardens (Houston Rockets) rocks a Shawl Collar Ralph Lauren tux, a Tom Ford bow tie and J. Press Nike Sneakers. You already know that the spread wouldn’t have been complete if he didn’t mention his beard!

“In the beginning, it was just kind of like I was bored. But now…somebody asked me, ‘What would happen if you shaved your beard?’ I was like, ‘I think my powers would be gone.’ ” He says.

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Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors) sports a double breasted Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedo, a Ferrell Reed necktie, and Under Amour sneakers.

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Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets) looks swag-ulous (swag+fabulous) in his peak lapel Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo, Alexander Olch bow tie and Adidas sneakers. The Manimal says that his shoulder length dreads can make him “half man, half lion.”

NBA starts selling Jason Collins Jersey

netsjerseyOn Sunday, Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the four major professional sports leagues. The NBA recently started selling number 98 jerseys in order to commemorate the significant occurrence. Collins plans to wear the number as a tribute to Matthew Shepard. Shepard was a University of Wyoming student that was brutally murdered in 1998 because he as gay.

While  Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban does not view Collins’ comeback as a big deal, it is evident that he broke many barriers when signing a 10-day contract with the New York Nets.

Kobe Bryant recently weighed in on Collins’ impact before the game.

“His impact [Sunday night] is greater than what people think…You look at it from the context of having the first openly gay player. But they missed the domino effect that it has way beyond sports.” (Yahoo Sports)  Well said, Kobe!


The Nets ended up snagging a win from the Lakers  (108-102). Jason Collins played about 11 minutes with two rebounds and one steal.

“I know that I can play in the NBA and it felt good to be out there tonight,” Collins said. “Conditioning-wise, I felt good. I don’t think I got tired. It was a lot of fun to get back out on the court and set screens, hard fouls. Didn’t take any charges tonight — that’ll change. I’ll get in position next time. As far as basketball timing, it’s going to take at least a couple of practices.” (ESPN)

Serge Ibaka at the Pros for Africa Charity Gala

Serge Ibaka recently attended a charity gala for pros for Africa, and looked fab in a burgundy Phenom 247 suit. Pros For Africa (PFA) is a volunteer led,  non-profit organization that is based in Oklahoma city. PFA’s ultimate goal is to spread volunteer efforts throughout the continent of Africa.

The Thunder power forward is currently averaging 15.7 points per game on 56.7 percent shooting. Fellow OKC player, Kevin Durant, recently spoke wonders about him.


“I really watched him grow as a man and definitely as a basketball player. He’s grown leaps and bounds,” Durant said. “He works extremely hard. It’s gratifying to see how hard he works. We’re just happy to be around him. I’m glad he’s on our team because he’s intimidating.” (Bleacher Report).

I’m sure that LeBron James’ nose can attest to the ‘intimidating’ aspect of Durant’s statement. During last week’s game against the Miami Heat Ibaka injured LeBron’s nose while trying to block a dunk. The Heat ended up winning (103-81), but LeBron’s nose didn’t.

Rajon Rondo’s Game Bow Tie

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Rajon Rondo is probably one of the best bow tie rockers in the league (it’s a tie between him and D. Wade). The Boston point guard styled his bow tie with a fabulous color block sweater. Who knew casual could be so dapper?


Rondo never skips out on style…but he recently skipped a game without permission.

Instead of accompanying his team from LA to Sacramento on Saturday, Rondo stayed in Los Angeles. Saturday was his 28th birthday, so I am sure that had a lot to do with his decision to stay in LA. Although he wasn’t going to play, he is under scrutiny.

“We already talked about it,” Rondo told the Boston Herald before Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz. “There’s nothing to talk about.”

The Celtics ended up losing against the Jazz (98-110). Rondo scored 18 points with 10 assists.

That’s it for Now Divas! I will be back next week to keep you fabulously posted with the NBA’s Hottest Fashion and Gossip. 

About the author: Alexis Caxton-Idowu is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago studying Political Science. This Chicago-area native loves all things hoops and heels. As an avid basketball fan, Alexis enjoys keeping up with NBA news without neglecting her ‘girly-girl’ tendencies. When she is not attending class or meeting deadlines, Alexis enjoys writing, watching games, shopping, fashion, reality television and managing her entertainment and style blog, Didara. Follow Alexis on Twitter @alexiscax.

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