DeShawn's Wardrobe Goes '80s
Highlights of my brief conversation with DeShawn Stevenson from earlier this week.
It starts with the massive series of tattoos he got last week that cover his entire chest and stomach: portraits of family members, a map of the state of Florida, a map of the state of California (complete with county lines), a basketball court featuring the sky (in honor of his daughter Sky), and the London Bridge, in honor of his youngest son, London.
A colleague pointed out to me that what is commonly called the London Bridge, and what is pictured on DeShawn's abdomen, is actually named the Tower Bridge. And granted, DeShawn's youngest son isn't actually named Tower. But still.
On his hair: "I've got a flat top, that's what I'm doing this year. Just the new thing. Just call it the J.R. Rider-slash-Kenny Smith. All year. No more beard"
On his wardrobe: "You know me, the season start, I'll be thinking about so many things, but right now it's just the flat-top. Oh, and I'm dressing different. I'm dressing '80s this year. You know, the bow-ties, the button-ups, the cashmere sweaters, roll the sleeves up, nice tight slacks, see-through glasses. Just wanted to do something different."
(His new wardrobe came from élevée, and he said it cost between $10,000 and $15,000, which he said was typical for a season-long NBA wardrobe. "That gets you ties, suits, the whole get up," he said.)
On the inspiration for his wardrobe: "Myself. I'm the new Dennis Rodman. Without getting in trouble."
On his new "2Family" clothing line: "I'm trying to push out 2Family, trying to get it out there, and hopefully it gets popping enough where I can start selling it. Right now we're making t-shirts, hopefully I can start making the hats. I have a lot of 'em at my house. What I'm trying to do, you know how you create the buzz? Try to wear them, then people try to say, 'Where'd you get them from?' You know, I don't want to put all my money into it and it doesn't sell."
[At the event where I saw him, his friend was wearing 2Family, but DeShawn was not. I asked why not. "I was," he said, "but I didn't want to be like brother and sister, matching."
On his birthday party plans: "I'm thinking about waiting until I'm 30 and doing a real, real big one. That's when I re-sign, too, so hopefully everything goes right, I re-sign back with the Wizards and throw a big party here."
On his music video career: "That was hilarious. All the Cleveland fans are writing negative stuff, but I did it just for fun. Sometimes basketball players don't have fun. It's the summer time. I mean, it was nothing degrading to anybody, doing anything stupid. It was an R&B song, no cussing. It was just funny, just a good time. Everybody liked it, so I might do it again"
On his sub-par lip-syncing: "I know, right? I didn't [practice], that's what made it funny. I just did it."
On the poster of himself hanging on the wall in that video: "Always. You've got to have confidence in yourself, because if you don't, who else is?"
So he actually hangs posters of himself in his house? All my houses, yes. Who doesn't? Gilbert has posters. He has spray painted action figures of himself in his house, in his children's room: Like, he has DuckTales, Pink Panther, then him. Everybody does it."
On his crazy 2007-2008 campaign: "I think it's just the beginning. Being around Gilbert, I found a way to kind of market myself and use it to my advantage. Gilbert's a smart person. I'm not trying to do it to be stupid or anything, just create a buzz, and I think last year, I created a buzz. Now for me, [I can] just go out there and worry about my game now, and people are gonna kind of notice me."
On the playoffs: "The only thing I wish was Gilbert was healthy. Everything I said and did, I really meant it, and the team backed me up, coach backed me up. So the only thing now is we've just got to go out and play. We've got the team back, we've got the Big 3 back, so we've just got to go out and play."
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