Standard basketball shorts didn’t cut it for Jaylen Brown. He hated the length and extra fabric. So much so that in fourth grade Brown would roll up the legs above his knees. It was an easy solve until his shorts would unfold as he sprinted up and down the court. By eighth grade, Brown ditched them altogether, playing exclusively in shorts that stopped mid-thigh.
Then the jokes came.
Get some longer pants, Kyle Lowry told him.
Stop wearing those, Jarrett Jack added.
In high school, while working out in his hometown of Atlanta, Brown crossed paths with NBA players at a local gym who’d rag on him. But Brown didn’t care about the haters. He took his short-shorts style to the league, and by the time he landed in Boston for his rookie season with the Celtics, the trend that got him laughed at was back in vogue.
Fashion, as they say, is cyclical.