It started with a warning. “Don’t get it,” Allen Iverson cautioned as Andre Iguodala reached for a Sean John jacket that looked a size too small during a stop at a Philadelphia clothing store. Iguodala admits the sleeves were “kind of snug” for his 6'6" frame but assured his Philadelphia 76ers teammate the jacket “fit fine” as he bought it. Iverson wasn’t convinced.
“He just kept asking me about that jacket. ‘That jacket comfortable? You really like that jacket, huh?’” Iguodala says, mid-laugh.
The questions didn’t stop there. The jacket became a running joke. “[Iverson] had other people ask me, ‘Aww Dre, that’s a nice jacket. How long you had that?’” Iguodala remembers.
While the Springfield, Illinois, native preferred super-fitted shirts and tapered jeans, Iverson encouraged the young forward to embrace a baggier style, similar to his own, a decade ago. Back then, Iguodala was the (old) Kanye to Iverson’s State Property.
“He was like, ‘Man, ya polos too little.’ He used to always crack on me. I used to laugh at his jokes,” Iguodala recalls. “But that’s how I knew, ‘This is what I want to look like. This is what I’m comfortable with,’ and stay true to myself. Like he stayed true to himself.”