‘Grooming Secrets of the NBA’

This isn’t your father’s Wall Street Journal.

It’s behind the paywall, but here’s an excerpt:

DeAndre Jordan is a 6-foot-11, 265-pound pro basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers—and you’ll never guess what kind of deodorant he puts on before a game.

“I use Secret,” says Mr. Jordan. The 25-year-old Texan prefers the aerosol form of the product marketed to women because, he says, it is light and doesn’t leave behind any visible white residue. “I’m always powder-fresh during the games,” he adds. “I’m sure my opponents love that.”

Many members of the National Basketball Association are known for their stylish wardrobes. Players regularly appear front row at fashion shows. What’s less obvious is the considerable attention men in the league pay to their grooming routines. Many are devoted to particular products and have devised specific hair and skin-care regimens tailored to their sweat-laden and shower-heavy lifestyle. Salon services, including manicures and pedicures, are commonplace.

“Every year I will stock my locker up with body wash, different lotions, different oils and different creams,” says Amar’e Stoudemire, a fashion-forward forward with the New York Knicks. Before games, he applies Bath and Body Works Stress Relief eucalyptus-and-spearmint-scented body lotion. Afterward, Mr. Stoudemire, 31, makes sure to wash his face with Dove soap to remove the sweat that pools around the edges of his goggles while playing.

The whole thing here.

Well, since Obamacare covers maternity care for men, maybe it’s time for mandated unisex deodorants?

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