Just because the Spurs cut the Finals a bit short last month, trouncing the Heat 4-1, doesn’t mean you have to spend the rest of summer without a basketball fix.
Stance—maker of unique socks for the office, the basketball court, and lounging (and sliding) in style at your hardwood-furnished apartment à la Risky Business—has outdone itself yet again. Now, in addition to carrying out said activities in stripes, spots, floral, Fair Isle, camo, tie-dye, leopard and 4th of July-appropriate red, white and blue, you can also don the photographic likenesses of your favorite NBA legends—on your feet.
Keep reading to see six of our favorite socks (and players), from The Reign Man to The Worm—plus classic highlight reels for each one.
(Before we get started, take note that Stance also makes socks for your girlfriend/s.
Iron Maiden shirt sold separately.)
Legend: Clyde “The Glide” Drexler
Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Wear These If: You believe that power is nothing without finesse. You remember Bulls vs. Blazers for Super Nintendo. You strive to be a triple threat (Drexler is one of only three players ever to top 20,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 3,000 assists).
Legend: Shawn “Reign Man” Kemp
Team: Seattle SuperSonics
Wear These If: You dig grunge. You feel like supporting Nordstrom’s hometown. You talk softly but carry a big stick.
Legend: Dennis “The Worm” Rodman
Team: Chicago Bulls (by way of Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, etc.)
Wear These If: You hold hustle in high regard. You’re not afraid of being disliked. You march to the beat of a different drummer (as Stance’s website says, these socks may cause sudden urges to dye your hair green, date Madonna and win multiple NBA Championships).
Legend: DeCovan “Dee” Brown
Team: Boston Celtics
Wear These If: You want to channel the luck of the Irish. You remember when the Celtics had fresh legs. You have a daredevil streak (Brown is most famous for his “no-look” slam at the 1991 Dunk Contest).
Legend: Dominique Wilkins, “The Human Highlight Film”
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Wear These If: You understand the merits of short shorts and flat tops. The word “windmill” makes you think of basketball, not a farm in the Netherlands. You want to pay tribute to the guy who out-dunked Michael Jordan in 1985 (and gave him a run for his money in 1988, above).
Legends: “Bad Boys” Bill Laimbeer & Isiah Thomas
Team: Detroit Pistons
Wear These If: You play dirty, and you’re proud of it. You think Chuck Daly is the man. A 1990 documentary about you featured MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This.”
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…On a closing note, hapless defenders have been getting posterized since long before NBA legends were getting sock-ified. Check out this excellent oral history on the best poster-worthy dunks of all time:
[Images via Stance.]