The jerseys of Forecastle: We talked to the festival’s basketball fans

The annual Forecastle Music Festival carries a lot of fashion statements, but my personal favorite is the basketball jerseys — respect paid to former and current greats. I always wondered, though — is it a look, comfort or real fandom? He are a few of my favorites from 2017.

Sam Wise

with a Tim Duncan Wake Forest jersey

“I just respect it, the whole thing with Tim Duncan, the backboard game. Plus it looks cool.” Wise said. “Plus, I wanted something different, old-school. The retro style.”

Sam Wise

Simon Rice

with the Vince Carter Toronto Raptors jersey

“He’s been one of my favorite players, growing up, and I think it’s cool he’s still in the league, even though how old he is.” He’s had it for two years. Wise got the Toronto jersey because, “He was the best with the Raptors.”

Simon Rice

Will “Don’t worry about [my last name]”

with the Orlando Magic Shaquille O’Neal jersey

“I just like Shaq. He’s a big man, he dominated in the paint.” Why the Magic version of Shaq? “It just has the cool stripes on it.”

Will “Don’t worry about [my last name]”

Tristan Gross and Grayson Hall

Tristan Gross in the Seattle Supersonics jersey

Grayson Hall in the Iverson Denver Nuggets jersey

Gross: “It’s his.”

Hall: “Both jerseys are mine. For parties, something to wear.”

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Gross: “He doesn’t appreciate the history behind it.”

Hall: “I honestly just thought these look cool.”

Grayson Hall and Tristan Gross

Ryan Skeeters

with the Clyde Drexler Dream Team jersey

“I asked my friend if I could borrow a jersey, so he dropped it off. I wore it today because I though the USA jersey was pretty cool.” Has he seen Drexler play before? “Past basketball games and 30-for-30s — it’s pretty cool.”

Ryan Skeeters

Chelsea Moody

with the Suns Jason Kidd jersey

“I wanted something that wasn’t going to make me burn up.” Chelsea added that while she watched Kidd play growing up, it was “her brother’s old jersey” and he can’t fit in it anymore.

Chelsea Moody

Richard Vasgo

with the UCLA Lew Alcindor jersey (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

“I’ve been a big fan of UCLA my whole life. And Kareem, him being the best player of all time, I just had to get it. And at Forecastle, I had to show it off. I mean, you never see Kareem jerseys.”

Richard Vasgo

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