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A Tip of the Hat

A bit of retro goes a long way before finals Game 2

Golden State Warriors Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green’s arrival at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, before Game 2 of the NBA Finals showcased the pair’s penchant for modern menswear. The clothing was all monochromatic clean lines. But the hats tell a different story, and it’s bit from the cool-guy thread. Both men sported beautiful fedoras that harkened back to a time when men never left home without their favorite brim.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Two of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 5, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Two of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 5, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

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Green, Iguodala and many other fashion-forward NBA players are fans of these kinds of toppers and use them as accent pieces. The hats worn last night owe more to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and poet Langston Hughes than singer Pharrell Williams’ Arby’s fedora.

Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Two of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 5, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors before facing the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Two of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 5, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

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Sunday’s Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers game came two days after the sorrowful passing of boxing great Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s most famous athletes for more than five decades. Ali always dressed as a man of his era — as do today’s elite NBA players. It was likely only coincidence that Green and Iguodala donned hats with an early-’60s feel, but it was a nice nod to The Champ.

The Warriors went on to beat the Cavs 110-77 and take a 2-0 lead in the series. Next up, Game 3 on Wednesday in Cleveland, where they’ll meet the Cavs at Quicken Loans Arena.

 

 

Jill Hudson is the senior style writer for the Undefeated. She is an evolved nerd, a caffeinated shoe fanatic, and a maker of long lists and perfect martinis.