James harden russell westbrook gq cover march 2020
James harden russell westbrook gq cover march 2020

Russell Westbrook and James Harden Pay Homage to OutKast on GQ Cover

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The Houston Rockets' dynamic duo discussed fashion, therapy, and coexisting on and off the court.

Two of the NBA's most stylish players have finally graced the cover of GQ. For its March 2020 issue, James Harden and Russell Westbrook recreated the iconic cover of OutKast's 2000 album Stankonia.

The accompanying article delved into the two's friendship, which began in the Los Angeles-area AUU circuit. They went on to play three years together with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Since their departures, they've both dipped their toes into the fashion world. Now that They discussed their sartorial growing pains with GQ's special projects editor Mark Anthony Green.

"For me, it was being comfortable sitting at a dinner without assuming that these designers or editors know who you are or know what you do," Russell said regarding the transition. "You know what I'm saying? I'm thinking that's the biggest thing. And as athletes, once you bridge that gap and these editors keep seeing you over and over again, then they're like, “Okay, now I know.…”

"Not even just to be cocky or anything, but we're not regular athletes," Harden said. "Usually if we're sitting at a table, we're like “the ones” that everyone talks about. But when we went to fashion dinners at first? And we're not “the ones”? [laughs] It humbles you...they'll ask, "What team do you play for?" And then I'm reminded: You don't know who I am."

The two say both say they love the relative anonymity.

"When I first started in fashion, it definitely was new," Westbrook said. "I think it was a good experience just to understand like, okay, you're in a different space now. We're always in a position where we gotta talk about what we do and why we do it.

Read the full interview over at GQ.