'Nerd glasses' invading the NBA (gallery)

May, 15, 2012
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Anyone around to see the Oklahoma City Thunder's postgame news conference Monday night might have taken in the following sight:

Kevin Durant & Russell WestbrookLayne Murdoch/NBAE/Getty ImagesRussell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, possibly giving a TED talk.

Now, glasses aren't new to the NBA. We've been seeing them since the George Mikan days and on through Kurt Rambis. And current stars didn't just start wearing "nerd glasses" yesterday. But this hipster headwear seems to be peaking at the moment, so much so that the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Dave Hyde just had to find out what was going on.

"I don't know what the statement is," Dwyane Wade, who wears them occasionally, told the columnist. "Everybody wants to look smarter than what they are, I guess. I don't know."

Whatever the reason, we've got photos:

The NBA Glasses Gallery Photo Gallery
Patrick Dorsey is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor for ESPN.com. He has worked for the Web and newspapers. He also played in one Division-III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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