Russell Westbrook claims he started 'nerd glasses' trend; LeBron James disagrees

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook is always on the offensive, even when it comes to the fashion talk.

The Oklahoma City Thunder point guard might as well change his first name to "relentless" given how often the word has been used to describe him during the 2012 NBA Finals and he was even taking it to the Miami Heat during his practice media availability on Wednesday when the topic of his goofy post-game outfits was broached. Westbrook, of course, has become a hot topic for wearing unusual shirt designs, bright pants and red glasses (sans frames) to his post-game podium press conferences.

Westbrook said that he shops at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue, among other stores, but he seemed most concerned with letting the world know that he is a trend-setter and not a follower.

"I've been wearing glasses since I've been in the league," Westbrook said. "I think everybody else just started wearing them now."

"Everybody else" would seem to include Miami Heat All-Stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who have also worn glasses throughout the playoffs. Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant has also worn them.

Asked if he was officially taking credit for the trend, Westbrook smiled broadly and said: "Hey, I ain't saying nothing, but I'm just saying." 

While reporters broke out in laughter at his sly claim, the Heat -- of course -- were unwilling to give him the credit.

"It's a look, it's a fashion thing," James responded, when told of Westbrook's statement later Wednesday. "But he absolutely didn't start it."

James said that the stars of the Finals did not intentionally coordinate their looks. He also noted that he has worn glasses for years and suggested that the trend dated back to before the 23-year-old Westbrook was even born.

"I don't know who started it," he said. "None of us started it. It could have been started in the 1970s or 1980s. I'm serious. I mean, fashion comes and goes."

Wade was ready to give the credit to a filmmaker. 

"Spike Lee been wearing glasses for a long time," he said. "I don't know if they're prescription or not. Trends, they come and go and people get on board or they don't. With the nerd glasses that comes in the NBA, it's just something fun to do right now. I'm sure next season it will be out the window."

He also made it clear that he was less concerned about setting trends amongst his peer group and more focused on doing whatever it takes to avoid presenting himself like a member of the media.

"You guys inspire me fashion-wise," he said. "I don't want to dress like y'all. Polos."
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