J.R. Smith is a refined, stylish gentlemen who knows what he likes. He was quick to bring Arthur’s First caps to market through his Team Swish company, which even has a holiday collection out there if you need it. He also has a line of “Merry Swishmas” hoodies, because why not?
But he’s not too committed to his own brand to appreciate the hype and style of another, which is why it was no surprise he became the latest NBA player to break out the Supreme shooting sleeve on Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Smith, who followed Kelly Oubre Jr. of Washington as the second player spotted in the Supreme X Nike collaboration, sported a black version of the sleeve on his left arm.
Here’s a better look at it from up close.
Oubre Jr. wore a red version of the sleeve on his leg and was actually told by trainers to remove it, replacing it with a plain red sleeve later in the game.
He was asked about it afterward, and was frustrated that the NBA-branded Nike apparel wasn’t allowed on the court just because Supreme was involved. We’ll see if Smith is forced to do the same and if he expresses the same frustrations about the rule. Supreme is a huge brand among NBA players and, as Oubre said, right now it seems the company is just too “wavy” for the NBA to let on the court.