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Monday, August 29, 2011
What's in my closet?

By Sam Alipour
ESPN The Magazine

What's in Your Closet
We didn't find any skeletons in Gay's closet. Just a lot of sneakers.

This story appears in the Sept. 5 issue of ESPN The Magazine

FEDORA
"When I was little, my grandpa told me to wear hats because body heat escapes through your head. I've been wearing them ever since. This fedora, by Bailey of Hollywood, is my beach look. I bought it while vacationing in Puerto Rico two years ago."

SCARF
"It doesn't get too cold in Memphis, but scarves are a good accessory for guys. My dad gave this one to me, but it's the ugliest thing I've seen in my life. I rarely wear it, but my dad got it for me, so I have to show it off."

BLAZER
"I'm not a big suit guy, so I wear this custom blazer. I can't remember who made it for me, but I wore it to a game when I was hurt two years ago. When you're sitting out, you have to look nice because the cameras will be on you."

PORTUGAL JACKET
"I was rooting for the U.S. in the World Cup, but Cristiano Ronaldo is a special kind of player, so I was pulling for him and Portugal too. I even wore this jacket to a sports bar, sat out of sight in the corner and cheered for them."

TIE
"Confession: I wear only one tie. I have no clue how to tie them, and this one is already knotted. I own others, but I always have to base my outfit on this one. I can't even have it dry-cleaned because they'd probably undo the knot."

LUGGAGE
"I carry a Goyard bag. It's indestructible. I picked it up at their store in San Francisco when we played the Warriors last year. I'll let you in on a little secret: Goyard is older than Louis Vuitton."

NECKLACE
"I got this in Turkey when Team USA was there for the World Championships. It's supposedly made of tiger teeth. I seriously doubt that, though. But of course I tell everybody I jumped a tiger, popped him in the mouth and took these as a trophy."

WATCHES
"I received my Tiffany watch as a gift from USA Basketball this summer. I'm addicted to watches. Most of mine are automatic, so they tick when I move them. I have no idea who makes the case I store them in, but it keeps them secure and still."

Sam Alipour is a contributing writer to ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. You can reach him at sam.alipour@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter here.