Everything in the NBA builds to the playoffs. Coaches have retooled lineups and experimented with schemes, while players have plugged holes in their games. Stylists, too, have prepared, coordinating with brands and poring over online shopping sites to get the fits just right. That’s real: stylists and players save their strongest stuff for the nights they’ll be on national TV. And last night, as his Boston Celtics geared up to take on the Washington Wizards in the NBA’s first-ever play-in tournament, Kemba Walker was dialed in: a lemon-lime color scheme flowed from head to toe, with matching green-and-yellow hat, shirt, and sneakers. One unfortunate snag: Walker’s outfit was giving off some unintentionally dark signals.
On the back of his jacket was a coiled hissing snake above the phrase “Don’t Tread On Me”—also known as the Gadsden flag, a Revolutionary War-era symbol that’s since been co-opted by gun-rights activists, white supremacists,