NBA player J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks gets stylish for Bleu Magazine. The New Jersey native does a dope fashion shoot in upscale designer clothes including John Varvatos, Nudie Jeans, Alhassan Toure, Chanel, Marc Jacob, Ralph Lauren and more. Inside, he talks about his love for fashion, life as a rookie, his brother signing to the Knicks, tattoos, Michael Jordan being his inspiration and much more. Below are some highlights:
On his love of fashion….
“It’s never an off day for me. Even if you have the frumpiest clothes on and you got swag, you can make that shit look good. In the next three years I want to have my own clothing line.”
On his early life as a rookie …
“Being 17 with 28, 29 and 30 year old basketball player, there was sort of a maturity aspect to it. I had a great opportunity to start earlier than most people. So while a few guys my age are only four or five years in, this is my ninth year. So it really helped impact my maturity level.”
On his brother Chris signing with the Knicks…
“It’s going to be easier for me on the road. When you have seen a group of guys for several months throughout the year, [opposed] to someone who has been there your whole life it’s a totally different situation. I get to play basketball and go to work [with my brother] everyday. So I think it’s going to be real cool.”
On his tattoos……
“I don’t think I was addicted. Addicted is a pretty strong word. If you’re addicted you can’t stop. I can stop whenever I want, I just choose not to.”
On Michael Jordan as his inspiration …..
“Jordan is the greatest of all times. He’s one of the reasons why I go so hard and push myself to be the best because I want to be…not better…but just as good.”
Shirt by John Varvatos | Marc Jacobs blazer | ’Green Bracelet’ by Russell Simmons, Versace bracelet| Pants by Ralph Lauren| Duffle bag by Sprayground
Photos via BLEU/Fashion Stylist/Alisha Crutchfield
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