Skip to comments.Duncan rips dress code as 'basically retarded'
Posted on 10/20/2005 2:04:43 PM PDT by Smogger
Duncan, according to a report in The San Antonio Express-News, joined the Indiana Pacers' Stephen Jackson with not-so-kind words for commissioner David Stern's dress-up policy.
"I think it's a load of crap," Duncan said. "I understand what they're trying to do with the hats and do-rags and jerseys and stuff. That's fine. But I don't understand why they would take it to this level. I think it's basically retarded.
"I don't like the direction they're going, but who am I?"
Duncan, a two-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA Finals MVP, did not play in Tuesday night's 94-81 exhibition loss to the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse. He wore what The Express-News called his typical injured-list wardrobe: jeans and a dress shirt.
However, an NBA spokesman said Duncan would have to tuck his shirt in once the regular season starts and the policy goes into effect.
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Baseball players get to wear big chains DURING the game, and have 20-30 fights a year but basketball players are all thugs? ;-)
" I think it's basically retarded."
An expert on the subject
Stern can go suck eggs.....
Do you even know who Tim Duncan is? He is hardly an 'expert on the retardation'. To the contrary, he is one of the most upstanding NBA players.
Personally, I have not watched since Bill Russell retired. I hope their ratings continue to suffer and they all go bankrupt. I wouldn't pay a thin dime to watch these thugs play what they call basketball. They are a joke.
Whiney spoiled millionares. Most people with jobs have to tuck in their shirt, and for less money. Hey Duncan, STFU and collect you big bucks.
I can't wait for the NBA to go bankrupt
To the contrary, he is one of the most upstanding NBA "players."
Which is why i'm surprised he's pouting about about having to conform to a dress code at work.
Sort of like saying you're one of the smartest posters on DU
John Barry said on the local radio here this morning that he tolerates stupidity in the NBA but just tolerates it. He was referring to Marcus Camby (10 million per year) demanded the players be given a clothing stipend. That's it. Screw em.
Well, he just is annoyed with the dress code. Timmy has NEVER been one to argue, fight, or lead that "thuggish" lifestyle. NONE of the Spurs have. The Spurs are outstanding players and tremendous role models, and he is just upset because his shirt on the sideline will now have to be tucked in. This is from the fella that only tucks his jersey in when he is asked to by the refs. He is constantly having to be reminded to tuck that jersey in!
Great fella, you all need to stop knocking this fella... he was just letting out, thats all.
He's not very upstanding in this quote. He's vulgar and emotional. My company has a dress code, as do most companies, and I don't whine about it. They are just big babies playing a children's game.
Most of the fans who go to basketball games dont tuck in their shirts...hell, some dont even wear shirts.... Who cares if the roundballers tuck in their shirts? Obviously Stern does.
Wow... you don't know Duncan, do you?
NONE of the Spurs are bad guys... they are America's team... tremendous guys... and great Christians.
you are so right on about Tim.....Timmy is da man....
Agreed... Timmy is a great player and not a thug... He had David Robinson to train/educate him through his beginning years....
(note my name... DJL_SA... DJL in San Antonio ;-) )
Yep, I ran out of patience for the cry babys in the NBA. They sure have it rough.
I agree, how dare the head of a league tell a contract employee what to wear. Why if I were that contract employee, I'd take my talents elsewhere.
Hehe, I'm siting in Bulverde as we speak...
Looking forward to the coming season... should be quite fun... I see a repeat in the works...
Yes, but he could retire tomorrow and live off the profits from his chain of donut shops.
Anyone who donates that much money to libs is basically retarded!
Tim is almost (not quite) a clone of David Robinson - the preacher man....
The Spurs are America's most boring NBA team - according to most NBA people.
We should be hearing from the Sharptons and Jacksons of the world shortly.
That he is! All of those guys are... just great fellas. I'm proud to have them representing me... they perfectly reflect the character of San Antonio.
I got my fingers crossed for another injury-free season for the starters.....
Basically, what's with the overuse of the word 'basically?'
For those in Rio Linda, I presume! /limbaugh
Yup yup... he is an idiot...
Hopefully so... As long as they stay healthy... they win...
Stern needs to step down. He's long in the tooth and has been commish since the early 80s.
The hip-hop/thug image is ruining the NBA, and only an outsider can return the game to what Naismith envisioned.
To me it is a state's rights issue (in a sense). Each team can police their team members. That way, the world will see what that city can produce.
Its the NBA superstar attitude that makes me want to puke. I dont care what they wear. But in my job, and other professions, if we went crying to the media that our boss makes us tuck in our shirt, we would get fired. Its the unprofessional attitude that dominates the NBA, that is the point. NBA reminds me of Hollywood actors. I enjoy watching them entertain me, until one of them gets infront of a camera and opens their mouth. After listening to them whine and gripe about the sacrifices they make for thier millions (like tucking in a shirt), I get mad at them.
That sounds like something my teenage daughter would say. To her, everything she doesn't like is "retarded".
Yes, Tim Duncan is a total class act.
BUT... the predominant commercial during the NFL Sunday & Monday night games shown in Singapore (Monday and Tuesday morning for us) is an NBA commercial - I think it's Nike or Reebock - with Allen Iverson at a pool table and his first words are "I'm not a gangster. I'm not a thug".
Well, if you don't have that image, then why do you have to say it first thing? That's probably the image that Stern wants to change, and the image that is turning off people around the world.
Well, if boring is winning three championships, I'll taking boring any day. In fact, I'm looking forward to being bored again this year.
Here's the dress code from NBA.Com.
1. General Policy: Business Casual
Players are required to wear Business Casual attire whenever they are engaged in team or league business.
"Business Casual" attire means
A long or short-sleeved dress shirt (collared or turtleneck), and/or a sweater.
Dress slacks, khaki pants, or dress jeans.
Appropriate shoes and socks, including dress shoes, dress boots, or other presentable shoes, but not including sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, or work boots.
2. Exceptions to Business Casual
There are the following exceptions to the general policy of Business Casual attire:
a. Players In Attendance At Games But Not In Uniform
Players who are in attendance at games but not in uniform are required to wear the following additional items when seated on the bench or in the stands during the game:
Dress shoes or boots, and socks
b. Players Leaving the Arena
Players leaving the arena may wear either Business Casual attire or neat warm-up suits issued by their teams.
c. Special Events or Appearances
Teams can make exceptions to the Business Casual policy for special events or player appearances where other attire is appropriate -- e.g., participation in a basketball clinic.
3. Excluded Items
The following is a list of items that players are not allowed to wear at any time while on team or league business:
T-shirts, jerseys, or sports apparel (unless appropriate for the event (e.g., a basketball clinic), team-identified, and approved by the team)
Headgear of any kind while a player is sitting on the bench or in the stands at a game, during media interviews, or during a team or league event or appearance (unless appropriate for the event or appearance, team-identified, and approved by the team)
Chains, pendants, or medallions worn over the player's clothes
Sunglasses while indoors
Headphones (other than on the team bus or plane, or in the team locker room)
Nothing about tucking a shirt in.
Like anyone has to go looking for a reporter to gripe to. If I had a guarenteed contract and some reporter wandered up to me asking what I thought about my jobs over the top dress code code I would tell him what I thought. Reporters are eager to generate comments like this. They know the players don't like the new dress code. Who the Hell does like a dress code? So they set to find a player that's not a afraid to say what they think. The question is how many players did they have to interview before they found some choice comments like "retarded" or Stehphen Jacksons "racist" comment to create a headline from?
I am a Pacers fan but this is not hard to say: Stephen Jackson you are an IDIOT!
Sounds quite reasonable
You must be a Dallas or Houston fan because the Spurs are ANYTHING but boring!
Now now now ... lets not say bad things about dress codes.
Oh I agree about the rest of the NBA... they have an image problem. But I can GURANTEE those words would not have come out of Tim's mouth had it not required "Business casual" (aka tucked in)... had they gone after just the rediculous shirts and gawdy chains and stuff... it would have been just fine...
>>>And this debauchery will never be accepted...T-shirts and hats in public.
Unless of course you are wearing NBA licensed hats and t-shirts.
My job doesn't have a dresscode, but I still wear a suit and tie to work.
That said, if my company started forcing a dresscode to and from work, yea I would throw a fit.
The dress code for NBA players at work is sneakers, a jersey and shorts.
This is for when they are not working but on the way to work and back or if they injured but appear at the games.
Over the past few years I have had this discussion with friends. We all agree that it is Stern's fault. He let the NBA evolve into the disgusting display it is today. It is so "urban" (read: gangsta) that I have absolutley no interest. The style of basketball they play is one-on-one showboating instead of the graceful team sport it used to be.
After the brawl in Detroit, I vowed that I would never spend another penny on the NBA. I don't watch the games, I don't go to them, etc. I also have boycotted all of the other major professional sports for the same reason.
This dress code is a sad attempt to enhance the league's image, but it's too little, too late. The NBA players are a bunch of thugs and the league's leadership has allowed it to happen.