Quick: Who is the official outfitter for the NBA jerseys and their apparel?
That should be easy. It is adidas. The shoe and apparel company makes all the officially licensed NBA jerseys and gear you can buy at the NBA Store. You want your Kobe Bryant Lakers jersey? It is not made by Nike.
Who outfits the coaches though? What if you want to look exactly like Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle or don a throwback mock turtleneck like Stan Van Gundy?
Well, they do not exactly offer that. But Joseph Abboud will continue to be the official custom tailored clother for NBA coaches in the NBA. This is the fifth year Joseph Abboud has been the official outfitter for the National Basketball Coaches Association:
All of my fellow Head Coaches look forward to kicking off the season with a fresh new wardrobe," said Coach Rick Carlisle, Head Coach of the Dallas Mavericks. "As the Official Wardrobe Supplier to the National Basketball Coaches Association, Joseph Abboud will make sure that participating Coaches look their best on and off the court.
Working with a designer who focuses on the right style, fit and whose clothing is manufactured here in the USA, were all important factors in forging this relationship. Coaches have worn Joseph Abboud clothing at one time or another during our careers and we know that with Joseph Abboud on our team we will look our best.
As the owner of a few Joseph Abboud suits myself, it certainly is a good decision and should keep the coaches looking solid. The coaches were measured and picked their styles at the association's meeting in September and they have been rocking their custom-tailored suits all year. Their suits were delivered to them before teh season started.
None, unfortunately are as flashy as some of the coaches in the 1970s. I guess styles change. Will someone do that for a throwback night maybe? Can Abboud make throwback suits? What about shortsleeved suits for better mobility when complaining to a ref or more cushioning when they are crouching to draw a play during a timeout.
The possibilities are endless. Or it might just be a suit.