Style Game

This year, The Orlando Magic revealed what would become our city’s G League team, the Lakeland Magic. While their talent shines on the court, these players are well-suited for some timeless style inspiration off the court.

Photography by Dan Austin

One of four boys growing up, I was the only non-athletically inclined son who not only couldn’t dribble a basketball, but was the only one not glued to the TV on Game Days, aka male bonding time. Basketball was the Gonzalez family’s sport of choice; the Chicago Bulls were second to God (Michael Jordan being God). The one unifying factor that brought my brothers, jocks, and the rest of us together was the players’ off-court style. The iconic ’90s Kangol hats, quilted bomber jackets, and flashy suits that superstar athlete Michael Jordan wore off-court set off a global trend, from professional sports players to the young men playing ball on their high school court.

It put a spotlight on sports that still shines in 2017. These days, off-court style has become just as important as the team uniform and equally as competitive as the NBA Finals. Players these days show up to games in silk shirts, embellished trousers, leather coats, and carrying designer bags, carving their place as style role models to their fans. From Dwayne Wade’s perfectly tailored suits to Kevin Durant’s flashy street style, it’s the season when we look to basketball players for what’s next and acceptable among the sports circle worldwide.

We met up with players from the Lakeland Magic to talk style and, of course, show you some of their off-court looks that all of us men will fearlessly be attempting this season.

Jay Wright

Position: Guard

Favorite item in his wardrobe: My Jordans

Celebrity style icon: Young Thug

Pre-game hype song:
Mink Flow by Young Thug

Style advice for aspiring pro-athletes: Be yourself.

T.J. PRICE

Position: Guard

College Western Kentucky University

Favorite item in his wardrobe: baseball cap

Celebrity style icon: Wale

Pre-game hype song:
I listen to everything.

Style advice for aspiring pro-athletes: Be yourself.

Troy Caupain

Position: Guard

College University of Cincinnati

Favorite item in his wardrobe: sneakers

Celebrity style icon:
I dress like Troy.

Pre-game hype song: Heavy Heart by Meek Mill

Style advice for aspiring pro-athletes: Keep it simple. Let your game do the talking.

Rodney Purvis

Position: Guard

Drafted from: University of Connecticut

Favorite item in his wardrobe: shoes

Celebrity style icon: Offset

Pre-game hype song:
7 Min Freestyle by
21 Savage

Style advice for aspiring pro-athletes: Be you.

John Petrucelli

Position: Guard

Favorite item in his wardrobe: slim-fit blazer

Celebrity style icon:
Steph Curry

Pre-game hype song: anything by Drake

Style advice for aspiring pro-athletes:
Stay comfortable.