Wednesday, October 22, 2008

James Posey's uniform and Tyson Chandler's baby beard

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 2:51 PM

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As I've mentioned before, the Hornets aren't the most creative bunch when it comes to customizing their uniforms. Aside from Julian Wright's ever-present high socks, last season's team didn't push fashion boundaries beyond headbands. James Posey has officially changed all of that.

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Along with having the best stories behind his uniform — I like to call the knee pads, high socks, mouth guard and head band combo the "old-school blacktop warrior" look — he's also the most innovative when it comes to where to put his unused accessories. Proof positive is in the pic above of Posey's left leg. Who can guess what that mouth-piece shaped bulge is?

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Now before anyone starts to gag about how gross and unsanitary storing something you put in your mouth in your sweaty sock, remember that basketball uniforms don't have pockets. Really, aside from just chewing on it like a piece of gum, what else would you do with a mouth guard while you're sitting on the bench?

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But while Posey's uniform is far and away the most intricate on the team, I have to give major props to Tyson Chandler's facial hair. After all, It's not every day you see a player with his playoff beard a week before the regular season starts.

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I asked Chandler about his facial hair and it turns out that it's really a pregnancy beard. His wife, Kimberly, is currently pregnant with the couple's second child, a boy, and is due in a few weeks' time. Tyson said he grew his beard out while his wife with pregnant with their daughter, Sacha-Marie, and decided he'd do it again for Tyson Jr. Check it out (kind of makes him look like Chicago rapper/actor Common, doesn't it?):

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