But all this encoding wouldn’t be so enchanting if Okuboyejo couldn’t achieve his chief goal: “First of all, I just wanted a cool hoodie.” Mission accomplished on that count. On a scale of one to ten, Antetokounmpo gives it 100.
Okuboyejo was still putting the finishing touches on the hoodie when we spoke last week. He enlisted a special tailor accustomed to working with athletes to get the proportions right for Antetokounmpo’s mammoth 6′ 11″, 240-plus pound frame. “I couldn’t just work with anyone,” Okuboyejo said. “I had to make sure that I worked with someone who had experience with professional athletes.”
Antetokounmpo admits that when he first entered the league, his pre-game attire leaned more towardsNike sweatsuits, “because I’m just there to enjoy what I do and I’m there to just hoop.” But as he’s started to get more into style, he hasn’t needed to look far for guidance. “We have to start with my brother [and Bucks teammate] Thanassis,” Antetokounmpo said. “He’s deep into fashion. He can wear anything and make it look good. I try to follow in his footsteps so I don’t look like a bum out there.”
Still, Antetokounmpo has his limits. He won’t be baited by the envelope-pushing way his colleagues dress at All-Star weekend. “No,” he said when I asked if he feels he has to be on that level, “I’m not a guy that’s too flashy…people wear a bunch of shoes, a bunch of designer jeans and clothes.”
Antetokounmpo’s approach to getting dressed is much more philosophical. He expounded on his commitment to living in the present, whether he’s playing basketball or getting dressed. “Sometimes I want to wear sweats and I go to the game and that’s what I felt,” he said. “Now, I want to wear this hoodie, I want to pay respect to where I’m from, where my family is from. That’s the way I feel and that’s what I’m going to do—that’s how I live my life.”