It will be quite some time before we can judge what kind of NBA player that Gradey Dick will be. But he’s starting his NBA career in unforgettable style — literally.
The NBA Draft often doubles as something of a fashion show for the draftees. Dick took that notion to heart on Thursday.
Dick was wearing a sparkling ruby-red jacket and shirt. The color resembled the slippers that Judy Garland’s character, Dorothy Gale, wore in the classic 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz. And that was not by accident. Dick noted that like Dorothy, he’s from the Sunflower state.
“So I’m from Kansas. Dorothy has her little slippers. I got my Dorothy suits,” Dick said. He also showed off his shoes — which were black with red soles — as well as a necklace with his logo.
— NBA (@NBA) June 22, 2023
You don’t wear an outfit like this if you don’t want to generate a buzz. Dick certainly did that.
The obvious comparison is the one that Dick made. But his outfit drew several other comparisons and generated other humorous comments, as well.
you can only wear something like this if you're about to absolutely crush 'Bennie and the Jets' https://t.co/Zwarvoumpn
— Colin O'Keefe (@colinokeefe) June 22, 2023
— Bad Luka 🇦🇷 (@Lukarg77) June 22, 2023
I wish I had even a modicum of this swag. https://t.co/riOjUU8l3G
— Christopher Crawford (@Crawford_MILB) June 22, 2023
straight from central casting https://t.co/yO6hJeMuyw
— bomani (@bomani_jones) June 22, 2023
— patreon.com/airbudspod (@airbudspod) June 22, 2023
What in the Jack Harlows America is going on https://t.co/pxJLynw6FE
— THE Monday Morning Quarterblack (@TheMMQBL) June 22, 2023
young man is dressed like powerline from a goofy movie https://t.co/YlS1TT0zhv
— Aaron Ladd (@aaronladdtv) June 22, 2023
Dick, the 6-foot-8 guard/forward, played with the Jayhawks for one season. He averaged 14.1 points and 5.1 rebounds a game, while shooting 44.2% from the field, 40.3% on threes and 85.4% on free throws.