Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant has made a habit of wearing a backpack throughout his post-game press conference appearances — a look that has prompted Nike to plan the release of a line of Durant-branded backpacks. But the high-scoring forward's latest look may be harder for the apparel giant to market.
"I don't care too much about fashion or how things look," said Durant, of the fanny pack he has been wearing in recent games. "I just want my clothing and accessories to be comfortable and useful," he added, unzipping his fanny pack to get some chapstick.
Durant's in-game fanny pack — in which he carries tissues, mints, aspirin, his cell phone, wallet, a Swiss army knife, pen and notepad, and a pocket-size book of Sudoku puzzles — has been the talk of the league since he began wearing it last week. The pack, an item most often used by uncool, middle-aged dads, has also forced the NBA to contemplate banning their use during games.
"We never listed fanny packs in the uniform code because we couldn't conceive of there being an NBA player so uncool to even consider wearing one," said NBA commissioner David Stern. "Even I don't wear a fanny pack when I take my grand kids to the zoo and look at me! I'm probably one of the lamest people there is."
Durant, while eating dinner at 4:30 p.m. at an Oklahoma City Bob Evans restaurant, said he hopes the league will allow him to keep wearing his fanny pack.
"I don't think it gives me a traditional competitive advantage, as far as being able to run faster or jump higher or something like that," he said. "But I do believe it gives me the peace of mind of knowing that I have almost anything I could need just one zip away. Everything but my dignity, I guess."
Durant says he is also asking Nike to develop a line of black basketball sandles that he could wear with tall, white athletic socks.
"It's a real sharp look with shorts," he said.