How the Hawkeyes and fellow collegiate basketball players are alluding to their NBA idols


To make a statement or get a point across, fashion is a primary place to go. The University of Iowa men’s basketball team used that tactic to help support Coach McCaffery’s son Patrick and his diagnoses. Patrick McCaffery recently underwent surgery to remove a thyroid tumor, which they found out was malignant. The hashtag team pat and slogan pmac spread across the team, campus, and in some cases the nation.

It all started during the basketball game versus Northwestern where the team sported these shirts. “Fran then said he received a voicemail from junior guard Josh Oglesby that night and that he was the one who suggested to him the idea of wearing the shirts this weekend” (Hawkeye Drive).

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Many others have followed the trend to spread the support of P-mac. Shown below (on the left) the Iowa Arena Football League The Barnstormers are showing their support through their warm up shirts. As well as Herky(on the right) has made a #teampat shirt for himself to sport at the NCAA tournament.

Iowa Barnstormers Arena football league-twitter herky in team pat

Along with the fans, the support is widely spread throughout the hawkeye athletic family.

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The University of Iowa women’s basketball team put “Team Pat” on their new gold shoes to sport for the NCAA tournament.



Newly crowned National Champion Tony Ramos also sported his P-Mac shirt during an interview after his winning match.

The support from iowa city is flooding and people are constantly tweeting on how to get more P-Mac shirts and other gear to help fundraise and advocate the awareness.


NBA All-Star Audio

Taylor Axelson and Jaylen Souchek join me to discuss the latest fashion trends that hit the hardwood during the NBA All-Star Game last weekend. The All-Star game is a great platform for designers to try something different and to allow athletes to show their personality apart from their team.

Taylor Axelson is a Daily Iowan TV sports reporter. Axelson has worked on ESPN Radio as well as on CBS and FOX sports. She has a high knowledge of sports and the community that is surrounded by them.

Jalyn Souchek has also been a Daily Iowan TV sports reporter for the past two years. Souchek  covers each Iowa basketball home game and is the basketball beat reporter for DI.

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Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, John Wall shoes

Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, John Wall shoes

Tatted up

Tattoos are a key feature in the appearance of NBA players, and athletes in general. In a basketball uniform these tattoos can be very visible due to the tank top jersey. Tattoos are a visible way that players can showcase their personality.

NBA players are the ones known to have the most tattoos and the
meanings of each of them greatly range.chosen 1 tattoo
Lebron James got this tattoo to portray his “Chosen One” talents,
as one of the greatest players of his time.





However, James is not a player that people would think of when they think of tatted up players. Chris Andersen “bird man” is a player for the Miami Heat and is known for his out of the ordinary appearance on the court. His very colorful tattoos are something that stand out and are easily recognizable.

birdmanlittlebirdmanHere is a picture of a little boy dressed up as Bird Man for halloween, he has sleeves to replicate the tattoos of Bird Man.





Another NBA player that is covered in ink is J.R. Smith. As seen in this picture, Smith is covered with tattoos, leaving little room for any more.

JR SmithSmith had around 70 tattoos “before I lost count.”  Smith actually said about tattoos that he “hated them” when he was younger, and told himself “he would never get like this.” (As stated on: http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/170817-top-5-most-tattooed-nba-players).

Even a handful of our own Iowa Hawkeyes are inked up. Aaron White, Anthony Clemmens, Kyle Denning, Josh Oglesby, Melsahn Basabe, and Devyn Marble all sport the ink. The Daily Iowan did a cover of senior, Devyn Marble’s favorite tattoos. http://youtu.be/jr7rgQ6YoYU?t=4m12s

Tattoos range from person to person and can either be meaningful to the person or something that they simply liked as proven by Marble.