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Timberwolves guard wears Canucks yellow V jersey to NBA playoff game

Canadian shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker made a fashion statement in a Tiger Williams' Canucks jersey before Thursday's Western Conference Final game.
Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker showed up to Thursday's game int he Western Conference Final in a Vancouver Canucks jersey.

It's considered to be one of the ugliest jerseys in the history of professional sports but maybe it was just ahead of its time.

The Vancouver Canucks' much-maligned yellow V jersey was once thought to be an eyesore. Now, it's a fashion statement, at least for one NBA star. 

Nickeil Alexander-Walker is a shooting guard for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are facing the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA's Western Conference Final. Unlike in the NHL, where players are required to wear a suit to games, NBA players have a lot more leeway to make a personal statement with their fashion choices. For Alexander-Walker, that meant a crossover worthy of Allen Iverson, mixing basketball with hockey.

Alexander-Walker donned a Dave "Tiger" Williams #22 jersey in vivid "gold" to go with camo cargo shorts and light brown Timberlands. To top it off, a gem-encrusted Jesus hangs on a chain in the centre of the Canucks' V. It's an undeniably bold look.

It should be noted that Alexander-Walker is Canadian, though he's from Toronto rather than the west coast, so he certainly would have grown up surrounded by hockey. 

While Alexander-Walker was born a decade after Williams' final game in the NHL, it's understandable that he might have an affinity for Tiger's game. Alexander-Walker is a scrappy, hard-working player who may not score as much as his teammates but is still a crucial component of his team's success.

Alexander-Walker is considered one of the best defensive players in the NBA, making him a key x-factor for the Timberwolves in the playoffs.

This isn't the first time in the past year that the Canucks V jersey has made a comeback as fashion. Just a few months ago, clothing retailer Anthropologie sold a "poncho sweater vest" that bore a striking resemblance to the Canucks' black V design.

Was this sweater vest inspired by the Vancouver Canucks' V jerseys? image: Anthropologie