A Short History
Last week the NBA fined nine players, including L.A.'s Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant and Orlando's Andrew DeClercq and Tracy McGrady, $5,000 each for wearing shorts that extended lower than one inch above the knee. Here's a brief look at some historic highs and lows of basketball shorts.
Think NBA fashion was conservative in the old days? Bob Cousy and his contemporaries flashed plenty of leg in the league's formative years.
By the '80s, shorts had gotten even more revealing, as Julius Erving led a high-flying wave of players who preferred the bun-hugging look.
Taking a cue from Michael Jordan, Jalen Rose's Fab Five Michigan team in 1992-93 fostered the trend toward the knee-length hem.
Who needs short shorts? Australia's 1996 women's Olympic team made the question moot with groundbreaking one-pieces.
No pants? No problem. Walt Williams's low shorts, high socks and kneepads are the NBA's closest approximation to trousers.