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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What if the dress code your boss gave you, was to be applied when you weren't working?
Considering the way players shoot today, maybe they should reconsider selling crack.
Give me a break! These guys are multi-millionaires who represent the league to the paying customers. Nobody is telling them what to wear at home. They are being told that there are minimum standards for appearance when they are on team business. Basically, if there is a chance they're going to be on camera, they need to look professional and not like a bunch of pimps. That includes traveling to and from games, at press confernces and events, etc.
The league has every right to impose that and it's not out of line.
Far from it! I've been a Spurs fan since they first moved to SA from Dallas - back in the good ole ABA. I used to go to a few games back when the Iceman played. Nothing but a Spurs fan here.
aol vote so far
What do you think of the NBA's new dress code?
It's about time 58%
Players should dress nicely, but it shouldn't be a policy 26%
It's ridiculous 15%
How would you rate the NBA's image?
Total Votes: 49,877
Note on Poll Results
Poor 41% (teams such as the Lakers & Trailblazers?)
Excellent 9% (teams such as the Spurs?)
'Till now, we had no idea what geniuses freepers are.
That depends on how valuable the job was to me. If I'm getting a ton of money (by anyone's measure) I could expect that I may be required maintain an image that would promote my organization.
If I didn't like it then I could take my talent elsewhere. For someone in the NBA, that's not easy to do. I know that some recording artists as part of their contract must maintain certain 'public appearance standards'.
If your typical 2nd grade school teacher on their own time ran a string bikini hot dog stand. You'd have many people screaming of inappropriateness.
If a person doesn't like the terms they are free to go park cars, become an accountant, run their own business.
If it were me though, I'd dress in the finest suit I could find. But then again I wouldn't pretending to be a thug.
Yeah, I do. So PuhLEEZE chill out. The rules are just that. Want that 11.2 mil this year? Well, guess what? You dress in the manner that your corporation deems best.
The media isn't waiting for you in the parking lot, though. My understanding is that the code is for when they are working.
They have defined working as going to and from games, and talking to the media.
I think the players should have self-respect on their own, but I don't like the idea of telling someone how to dress when they aren't working (playing basketball), or how they can dress if they are injured but go to the game to cheer their teams on.
I'll admit part of what bothers me, has to do with a story Pat Riley tells about one year where he coached the lakers versus the celtics in a championship game, and he felt he cost his team the championship that year by making his lakers wear suits to and from the game. (It was a record breaking year in terms of heat in boston, the celtic players wore t-shirts and shorts).
Well, I'm certainly not worked up about it. From what I hear, the code says pants and a collared shirt. Oh, the humanity!
Both of those are part of their jobs.
So anywhere there is a camera and when they aren't working (i.e. playing basketball).
Its none of the leagues business how these players dress to and from the game, as long as they do their job and play the game.
Even better, if a player is injured but goes to root for his team by going to the game, he has to be in dress code, this is one case where Duncan is right to call the policy "retarded".
Team business is being pushed to the point where the league can easily step in and tell them what to wear on an airplane.
Either way, the teams should have been doing this, not the league.
I'd be screaming inappropriateness, but I also know that I can't tell her what to do on her own time.
I also know I can't tell her how to dress when she isn't at work, just as my boss can't tell me how to dress on the way to work and back.
Unlike the NBA, I'm not in a union, I'm actually surprised the union hasn't stepped into this yet.
David Robinson might not have liked the dress code either, though his background as a graduate of Anapolis would have made it more platable, but he certainly would have expressed it better than this unflattering quote. I expected better from Tim Duncan.
But he plays one on tv...
For your approval, again -- my modest proposal to improve the image of the NBA.
Stern asnnounces that ten years from this date the league will no longer hire any new players with visible tattoos. Players under contract at that time will not be affected. The ten year delay is to allow the young bucks to think about what they want to do with their lives ( and to protect against the hideous lawyers who would certainly jump on this one.) Comments??!?
Last time I checked their jobs were playing basketball.
Not being spokepersons.
And they ain't to good at either jobs.
I'm not either, I disagree with the idea of the league setting policy when it should be the teams.
I also think it hurts the game at certain times of year and in certain cities.
I think life's too short to worry about it.