If you needed any indicator as to exactly when NBA All-Star Kevin Love began to rise through the ranks of fashion’s elite, look no further than early 2016 in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ locker room. Love, who was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cavs back in 2014, began playing alongside LeBron James in 2016 when James opted out of his Miami Heat contract to return home in hopes of bringing the city a long-awaited NBA championship.
James—who is, without question, one of the best-dressed players in the league—walked into somewhat of a style onslaught given his teammates: Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving and JR Smith. Love’s style was a bit left of his counterparts. Certainly not worse, just...well, more conservative. There was nothing flashy about it. To his credit, Love was extravagantly classic. And when the team began taking postgame photos in the locker room showing off their nightly fits, Love initially wasn’t in them.
Following some playful back-and-forth on Instagram demanding that Love be included, soon enough he would be, beaming from ear to ear while his teammates gave their best ice grill to the camera. It was a comedic matrimony. And, ironically, it was indicative of just how well-dressed Love was—in a completely different way than his teammates.