Iguodala: Iverson bought baggy suits to comply with NBA dress code

Nowadays it is basically a given that NBA players look dapper before and after games or while sitting on the bench if injured. Some players like Russell Westbrook and James Harden have taken their fashion to a whole other level, making a serious statement with their gameday attires. Others, like Stephen Curry, just keep it casual with well put-together looks. Of course, players have to dress up for games. Otherwise they would violate the NBA's mandatory dress code, which was put in place by former commissioner David Stern in 2005.

Ten years ago, players would often dress uber casual, wearing baseball hats, baggy jeans and over-sized shirts and throwback jerseys on game days. With the NBA's growing popularity and facing some image problems, Stern instituted the dress code to better market the league. Many players like Allen Iverson were strongly against the dress code.

Iverson was seen by many as the main reason the rule was created and he was a vocal critic of the dress code. According to Andre Iguodala, who played with Iverson on the Sixers, A.I. tried to circumvent the rule by buying buying "oversized suits."

From Yahoo's Marc Spears:

Iverson frequently wore hip-hop gear off the court and to games. In 2003, he wore a Milwaukee Bucks jersey and hat to NBA All-Star media availability while playing for the Sixers. He also wore a Michigan State jersey on the bench while sidelined during a USA Basketball Olympic qualifying game. Former Sixers forward Andrew Iguodala said Iverson bought several oversized suits to adhere to the dress code.

"Allen wasn't a fan of it," said Iguodala, now with the Warriors. "Allen just wanted to be comfortable. He wasn't trying to just be a rebel without a cause. He was like, 'I just want to be comfortable. I just want to go to the game and play basketball.' He didn't want to be uptight or feel restricted.

"You watched him play and his style was to be able to freelance and move carefree, just be comfortable in his own world. He said, 'When I do that, I don't want to be restricted with a tie or collar on my neck.' "

Leave it to Iverson to try and adopt his personal style to fit within the rules. 

Allen Iverson's version of business casual.
Allen Iverson's version of business casual. (USATSI)
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