Chris Paul buys his Thunder teammates custom suits and even gets Steven Adams to wear one
News made its way to the locker room: Steven Adams was on his way.
His Thunder teammates pulled out their phones to record his arrival in … drumroll please… a suit.
“He rocked it well,” Mike Muscala said.
They all wore their custom Frere suits to the game Wednesday, gracing the walk-in tunnel with plaids, tans, dark blues and pinstripes. But Adams, who wears sweat pants, camouflage and flip flops to practically every game, was the headliner of the pregame tunnel walk.
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“It kind of screwed me up, to be honest with you, when I came in,” Adams said. “Because I give a certain amount of time. I didn’t realize how much time it takes to put on one actually. It’s a lot longer than what I’m normally (wearing), so I didn’t account for it. Just like, ah yeah, five minutes, mate.”
Veteran Chris Paul organized the event. He came up with the idea over the summer. Then, he brought in tailors earlier in the season to get the whole team fitted. The tailors came back to make final adjustments, and the suits arrived on the Thunder players’ doorsteps Wednesday morning.
"I remember as a young guy, you don’t necessarily have different things or whatnot," Paul said. "And it was just a gift. A gift to guys. Baze (rookie Darius Bazley) said this is the first suit he ever had, so to see him, it’s cool. And the cool part about it is not even what it is. It’s that we did it together."
The team group text began lightening up as the players confirmed that they had all received their suits. They set their game against the Grizzlies that evening for the big reveal.
“I thought it was a cool team bonding experience,” Muscala told The Oklahoman. “... The best part was seeing everybody walk in because you’re not used to seeing a lot of guys wear suits.”
Especially Adams. He sported a dark blue three-piece suit and brown leather shoes. He topped it off with a cap he bought separately, inspired by the TV series Peaky Blinders.
“I didn’t even know what I looked like, mate," Adams said. “I didn’t look in the mirror, had to get the valet dudes to kind of clean me up a bit. My collar was off and everything.”
Adams struggled to remember the last time he had worn pants other than sweats or jeans. He finally landed on Russell Westbrook’s induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2016. Those pants were from his draft year.
“There was a massive tear,” Adams said. “No one’s seen it because I was holding it all night.”
He could let his arms swing freely Wednesday night.