Dwyane Wade hasn't made many headlines with his play this postseason, averaging just 12.3 points per game and shooting under 44 percent from the floor for the Miami Heat as he works through a right-knee bone bruise. (Not that his relative absence seems to be hurting the Heat much.)
With his play not generating much attention, noted fashion plate Wade has taken to raising eyebrows with his pre- and postgame attire. First, he hit us with a floral patterned jacket and matching shirt from Versace's Spring 2013 runway collection. Then, before Monday's Game 4 against the Chicago Bulls, he brought out this adventurous, ankle-bearing, double-breasted number:
Hit the jump for more on Wade's high-water look, from our friends at the Yahoo! Sports Minute and TNT's "Inside the NBA."
When the TNT broadcast team of Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal turned their attention away from the Heat's Game 4 whitewashing of the Bulls and toward Wade's tight-fitting look, the jokes began to fly:
Not content to let Charles, Kenny and Shaq have all the fun, comedian/two-time NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP Kevin Hart got in on the act:
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) May 14, 2013
Yeah, more than the polka-dot pattern or the fit of the suit jacket, it's (obviously) the ankle-revealing cut of Wade's suit pants that make them look like A) "manpris" and B) "an accident." Reasonable folks can differ on the look, though; after all, this is the signature style that made Thom Browne a trendsetting figure and GQ magazine's 2008 Menswear Designer of the Year.
For those of you who think Wade's look worked and want to emulate it, athlete style guru Megan Ann Wilson offers some helpful advice before you hit the streets with bare lower legs:
Guys remember if you want to show some ankle cleavage like D-Wade - don't forget to moisturize. Ashy ankles don't go well with $500 loafers. — Megan Ann Wilson (@shegotgame) May 13, 2013
(And probably even less well with whatever non-$500 shoes you're rocking.)
So what's your take — did D-Wade pull this off, or should the slim-fit, ankle-revealing polka-dotted number get buried in the back of his closet? Let us know what you think in the comments below.