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Checking in with our young, fashionable Wolves.

Admittedly, I don’t understand fashion.

Comfort and affordability play a much bigger role when selecting clothing options. I still wear the Timberwolves Basketball Camp T-shirt I received in fifth grade. Is it a bit tight on my middle-aged body? Yes, but it’s still “technically” considered a shirt, thus it remains in my regular rotation.

So, with that in mind, I look to the NBA to get an idea of what’s fresh, what’s cool, what the kids are rocking these days. In recent years, it seems that more and more players are treating the walk into the stadium and their postgame pressers as opportunities to show off their ambitious fashion choices. Their ripped skinny jeans and lense-less glasses. Their bedazzled shirts, highly tailored suits, and whatever Russell Westbrook is doing.

I have no idea what’s going on here. To me, this looks like an outfit that a child picks out when their parents give them the option to choose whatever they want. But the internet tells me this is high fashion, and the internet has never lied to me before. So, with that being said, I thought I would check in on our young Wolfpack to see where they fall on the fashion spectrum.

For the most part, Karl-Anthony Towns appears to choose comfort over high fashion. Most of his Instagram feed is filled with nice suits, warm jackets, and the occasional weird hat, but this gem showed up on his feed last week. I’m not exactly sure what look he is going for, but if I had to guess it would be “Old-West Sheriff: Time for a Shootout.” KAT did go out and get a triple-double against the Nuggets the night this was posted. Maybe Sheriff KAT was feeling extra saucy from all of the fashion, or maybe it was because he actively tried to pass out of double and triple teams.

We’ll never know.

that mack shxt, livin' the lifestyle, we feel relaxed with

A photo posted by Andrew Wiggins (@22wiggins) on

Andrew Wiggins considers himself quite fashionable, and with a look like this I’d have to agree with him. Comfort, style, a little color in the shoes. Looks money to me. Seriously, that outfit was probably insanely expensive. Just one slight critique, though. Your ankles need some coverage, Andrew. If you’re walking through the streets mid-winter in Minnesota without ankle protection you’re going to freeze and most-likely acquire a sprain on sidewalk ice. Just grab a pair of high tops from the locker room. You’ll be Gucci.

Postgame #UptimeEnergy

A photo posted by Zach LaVine (@zachlavine8) on

My man. Zach LaVine doesn’t care about your fashion. He’s just thinking about the next time he can hit the gym. He’s dressed for comfort, in team-provided apparel, visualizing dunks for his unprecedented three-peat. Yes, he may be hawking some sports drink in this post. Yes, he did participate in the first-ever NBA fashion show. But we’re ignoring that for now. Just get lost in that look of fashionable comfort.

A photo posted by Ricky Rubio (@ruuufio) on

Now this is a look I can definitely get behind. Simple, classy, Christmassy. I don’t know if it’s my utter disdain for the Wolves current logo and jersey combo that makes me like this so much or if it’s truly a good look. Again, not a fashion guy, but I know what I like. And I like this.

Look how happy KAT Sr. looks in his fresh apparel:

A photo posted by Karl-Anthony Towns (@karltowns) on

I attended a Timberwolves fashion show this week (I went to a game) and noticed that the old school Wolves logo was showing up all over the place. Despite my lack of fashion sense, I would love for the Wolves to readopt this look. NBA teams are trending towards a retro look—or at least a rebranding—and it’s long overdue in Minnesota.

The snarling Wolf of mid-court has been there since 1996, with a slight redesign in 2008. Thankfully, according to a July 15, 2016 article in the Star Tribune, rebranding efforts in the works, however, the earliest we would see any change would be next season.

In the meantime, I’ve ordered my Christmas Day Wolves shirt. I envision it replacing my Wolves Basketball Camp shirt eventually. With my Craig Sager-like (RIP) sport coat over the top, my press conferences are going to be on fire.

To the Young Wolves, thank you for your fashion inspiration.