Before Cam, There Was Clyde, a Model of Sartorial Splendor

 Cam Newton; former New York Knick Walt “Clyde” Frazier 
Twitter; Brad Barket/Getty Images
 Cam Newton; former New York Knick Walt “Clyde” Frazier 
Twitter; Brad Barket/Getty Images

Tight. Zebra. Pants.

By now you’ve heard of them—laughed at a few memes, or perhaps created a few memes of your own. But whether or not you’re fond of the fitted, ankle-length, zebra-print Versace pants, which Cam Newton placed into infamy, you’ve got to admit that the black-and-gold britches made a lot of noise.

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And no, we are not suggesting that Newton’s pants are loud. OK, OK. We are.

Cam Newton is something of an athlete-turned-sartorial star, but before Cam, there were generations of flamboyantly dressed pro athletes: Artis Gilmore, Darryl Dawkins and Russell Westbrook, to name a few—and, lest we forget, the don, New York Knick-turned-loquacious broadcaster, Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

Clyde has been stunting on ’em for decades. From his wide-brimmed hats and gold medallions of the 1970s to over-the-top animal-print suits paired with murses (man purses) of today, the NBA champ was, and is, a showstopper.

Here are some of the more contemporary looks of the legendary Knicks point guard, accompanied by our interpretation of Clyde’s guide to fashion.

1. Tie must match pocket square. Always.

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2. And we mean always.

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3. Take an opportunity to pay homage to our troops.

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4. Big. Rings. Popping. 

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5. Never judge a person’s look until you walk a mile in his stylist’s boots.  

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6. A stylish man should be accompanied by an equally stylish woman. 

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7. Murses on fleek. 

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8. Live on the fringe of life.

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