Men’s style bible GQ Magazine is gearing us basketball fans up for the upcoming NBA season with the selection of NBA superstar Blake Griffin as their October 2014 cover man.
The explosive NBA baller graced the cover sporting a sleek blue suit paired with a vintage Mitchell and Ness Clippers jersey. Who would of thought a basketball jersey would look this good with suit.
Zach Baron, staff writer at GQ, sits down for an intimate conversation in the new home of the L.A. Clippers star. The feature dubbed “It’s Never Been Better To Be Blake Griffin” extends on a series of topics including family, religion, the infamous Donald Sterling scandal, Playoffs, personal life and much more.
The informed GQ article opens with a bold question: “What’s it like to be at the center of a racial scandal that threatens the future of the NBA? Blake tells all, but most importantly gives readers a glimpse of his life off-the-court.
Read excerpts from the interview below. Click to read full piece.
On Donald Sterling:
When the draft lottery came out and the Clippers said they were gonna draft me, I went to Google to find out more about the Clippers, because I didn’t know a lot. And I was like, “Okay, team owned by Donald Sterling.” So then I typed in “Donald Sterling” in Google, and the first thing that pops up is “Donald Sterling racist.” And I was like, “Whoa!” So obviously I explored that, read a whole bunch of articles, read the deposition at one of his court cases. Which was awesome, if you ever have time to read some of the depositions. [laughs]
On life after The NBA:
“I don’t have like a clear-cut plan, but I’m 90 percent sure that I won’t be involved in basketball. I’ll obviously be supportive and help out there, but I don’t want to stay in the NBA world or anything like that. I think once I’m done, I’ll be done.”
Along with the cover story, was a modern GQ fashion shoot. Griffin shows the fellas how to look good in their 20s. Some might argue your 20’s are the decade we’ll want to relive forever, so it’s essential we look good!
Griffin is donned in a series of looks ranging from a night out, to going shirtless. Fashion is about balance, and Griffin strikes a great sense of balance through each of his looks. Each ensemble provides readers with 6 must-follow rules to look good in (almost) everything. Here are a few of our favorites. Click to view full shoot.
Being a fall-baby, fall fashion “gives me life”. So of course, I am a sucker for leather jackets. I fell in love with Blake’s motorcycle jacket here. Other than his amazing leather, this look is clean, flows well, and can complement most guys body types (and even women for my menswear-lover ladies out there! hence myself).
Shirt, $400, by Thom Browne New York Jeans, $189, by 7 For All Mankind, Sneakers, $150, by Jordan Brand
Another one of my personal favorites–Not only because it combined Fall 2014 trends with effortless composition, but because a mix of affordable pieces alongside high-end designer brands. And of course the pose here is just as stunning as the style. Go Griffin!
Parka, $6,100, by Dior Homme, Sweater, $70, by Topman, Jeans, $125, by Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, Sneakers, $135, by Jordan Brand, Watch by Seiko
Photos via @GQ