Following the All-Star Break, Kevin Garnett emerged for a postgame interview wearing a pair of thick, black-rimmed glasses. It was a new addition to his traditional V-neck sweater and tiescarf ensemble, and one that drew questions from the media.
Found these at the crib over the break," he said of his Chrome Hearts glasses. "Now everybody is telling me I'm trying to be like somebody else, but you'll never see that. There's only one Garnett."
Why such a defensive response? Hes not the only one who takes eyewear seriously.
Fast forward to the NBA Finals, where frames have become a hot topic of conversation. The Miami Heats LeBron James and Oklahoma City Thunders Russell Westbrook are among many players to wear lens-less glasses. When the origin of the trend was investigated during media availability on Wednesday, the star players stated their cases.
I've been wearing glasses since I've been in the league, said Westbrook. I think everybody else just started wearing them now.
Upon being asked if he started the trend, he replied, Hey, I ain't saying nothing, but I'm just saying.
Of course the Great Glasses Debate would not be complete without another side of the story, too.
No, that's not right, James replied when told Westbrook claimed to have started the trend. There are no stories behind it. Its a look, it's a fashion thing, but he absolutely didn't start it.
James surmised, I don't know who started it, honestly.I think know I've wearing mine for about two years now, but I don't know who started it.None of us started it.It could have started back in the 70s or 80s.I'm serious.I mean, fashion comes and goes.
Perhaps the next time a player wants to avoid any confusion over the creator of a trend, he should take a note from Garnett in setting the record straight Theres only one insert players name here.