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Chris Webber isn’t just one of the NBA’s best-dressed announcers—he’s also one of its most insightful.

Tapping into a 15-season NBA career rich with hard-fought grudge matches (see Kings v Lakers for the Western Conference, 2002), Webber translates his experience on the frontlines as an elite power forward into court-side commentary that elucidates the pressures, mindsets and motivations of players and coaches like none other.

Check out Webber’s style highlights from the 2012 post-season, and don’t miss the video below—it’s the kind of unflinching advice that could only come from a man who’s been there himself.

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[Above]: Act Natural. It takes more than a three-piece suit to stifle Webber’s animated personality—a good reminder to have yours tailored trim, but still comfortable enough to move around in.
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Sweat the Small Stuff. Usually the rule is to vary the scale, but here he nails a difficult small-on-small pattern combination. The secret is varying the kind of pattern: like dots on checks. The solid-grey suit helps calm down the intricate shirt and tie.
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Old-School Flair. Brown can risk looking vintage, but this modern blend of cool earth tones easily stands out amongst the crowd of navy blue.
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Go Big or Go Home. A signature part of Webber’s look is a masculine, ’70s-inspired lapel. You don’t have to be 6-foot-10 to pull it off—just confident. (Here he boldly goes stripe on stripe, on stripe. Vary the scale between all three and you’re good.)
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Real Talk. Webber’s comprehensive knowledge of Machiavellian hoops tactics, delivered in his signature zen-like, philosophical syntax (although he gets a bit revved up here) is a rare commodity in a field that often defaults to the stereotypical “boring guys yelling.” Above, his brutal but honest words of wisdom for last year’s faltering Miami Heat.

 

[Video stills courtesy of ABC, ESPN, TNT. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]