San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay puts his stamp on fashion world
By Dylan Carter
With his own release of merchandise, San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay is making his own fashion after years of being an NBA style-icon.
It’s no secret that 16-year NBA veteran Rudy Gay gets buckets. Standing at 6-foot-8 with a long reach, silky jumper and wide array of finesse moves to manipulate his defenders, Gay can score in just about any way he wishes to.
But away from the hardwood and the bright lights of the San Antonio Spurs’ AT&T Center, Gay is known for being one of the most fashionable players in the league. Appearing at various fashion events, sporting enthralling pre-game fits and earning a spot on Sports Illustrated’s Fashionable 50 list, Gay is now stepping into a new direction: Creating merchandise inspired by his career and passion for vouge stylings.
He recently discussed his fashion inspirations in an interview with Laura Schreffler of luxury lifestyle magazine Haute Living, in which he states the following:
I think the inspiration from my style comes from my surroundings and the way I grew up. The culture of the NBA and my peers, but also having the opportunity to visit fashion week across the world – Paris, New York, Milan. Being able to see style from all over the world was key.
The 33-year-old recently released a wave of merchandise inspired by his career and its latest stop in San Antonio, entitled the “Deuce Deuce World Tour” collection. This features three items at this point: A San Antonio-themed t-shirt, a t-shirt imprinted with his logo, and an incredible piece called the “Achilles ‘Tour’ Hoodie.”
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As you may know, Gay suffered one of the worst injures a player could sustain in January 2017 by rupturing his left Achilles tendon, effectively ending his season and putting his career in jeopardy. However, Gay is a warrior and fought against the odds to make a triumphant return to the hardwood as a member of a wrily Spurs team that scrapped its way into the playoffs during both of his seasons in the silver and black.
Speaking of silver and black, Gay’s “Achilles ‘Tour’ Hoodie” combines Gay’s logo in the Spurs’ colors with an elegant statue of the Greek mythological hero Achilles, who the tendon is named for. As the myth goes, Achilles was invulnerable to injury in every spot of his body but the heel; a connotation that Gay can appreciate having sustained a major heel injury himself.
Not only is this a clever way to show pride in his triumph, but it’s also simply a dope design!
Gay returned from illness recently and hasn’t performed to the best of his ability, scoring only six points on seven shots in just under 24-minutes of play. However, the career-17.3 point per game scorer never stays in slumps for long and will be back to the best of his abilities soon.