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Who Wears Short Shorts?
Date: 1980s to 1990s
While most every NBA team wore short shorts through the mid-1980s, the Celtics became synonymous with the fashion trend. Some stores even marketed short shorts for men as “Celtic Shorts.” By the late 1980s, influenced by Michael Jordan’s baggy shorts, most of the NBA shifted to longer inseams. When the Celtics wore special throwback uniforms in 1996, they didn’t make the players wear the famed short shorts. Said Coach M.L. Carr, a former Celtics player himself, “We used to wear those ‘Hot Pants.’ What they’re wearing tonight, that’s not retro. All our players were in there tugging their shorts down. Larry [Bird] used to be in there pulling them up.”
( C ) NBA/Celtics (photo by Heritage Werks)