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NBA postgame fashion showdown: Russell Westbrook vs. LeBron James

Dan Devine
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It's playoff time again, which can mean only one thing — players looking to make fashion statements in postgame interviews so that we can all gawk at/marvel at/scott at/denigrate/worship their swag. (Which action you choose probably says more about you than it does about them.)

There weren't very many bold sartorial choices in the aftermath of a chalk-heavy weekend that saw favored teams win all eight Game 1 matchups, but two stars — reigning league MVP LeBron James and reigning style MVP Russell Westbrook — opened the postseason with a bang.

Here's LeBron getting his tropicalia on, sweater-wise, after putting up 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to pace his Miami Heat to a 110-87 Game 1 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night:

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Floral. (Screencap via @BleacherReport)

Athlete style maven Megan Ann Wilson informs us that James' sweater comes from Staple Design's 2013 "Spring Training" collection and retails for $54. Seems like a small price to pay for something so seasonal, florid and warmer/brighter-but-still-makes-me-think-of-"Garden-State"-y.

Not to be outdone — ever, in a million years, by anyone — after kicking in 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 120-91 pasting of the Houston Rockets, Westbrook took the postgame podium in something a bit less restrictive in the arms:

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Westbreezy. (Screencap via @cjzero)

Unseen by the audience, Russ also rocked some gold-bedazzled high-tops, lest you think that his outfit game ceased to be eye-popping with the lack of sleeves and small gold chain. (Heaven forefend!)

Megan was somewhat less than impressed with this one, but clearly, NBA TV analyst Brent Barry thought it was not only a sharp look, but one worth emulating:

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'Barry' nice. (Screencap via @cjzero)

Personally, I'd have to give the nod to Barry here, if only for being so bold as to rock a Beaker piece, but then again, I'm no fashionista. Who do you think wore it best? Vote here, or let us know in the comments below.

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