After the game, a blowout win for the Heat, the visitors locker room is predictably jam-packed. There’s a GQ photographer in here, and plans for a show-offy shot are being hatched, but D-Wade has to shout across the locker room at LeBron to be heard over this din: “HEY, WE GONNA DO THIS PICTURE?” LeBron looks confused amid all the commotion. He shouts back, “I DUNNO. YOU GONNA DO IT?”
They decide to do something unusual: They walk out together, sharing the runway, LeBron wearing an entirely different outfit from the one he wore coming into the arena. It’s dressier. This time it’s an A.P.C. peacoat over a crisp white shirt and tie. He has a black watchman’s cap tilted on his head. Wade is still rocking the Black Russian.
The two of them are flanked by security guards who are mean-mugging through the phalanx of lingerers in the Barclays loading dock. LeBron and Wade get caught in an eddy against a wall, where they smile and say hello to a pair of female fans. The photographer is told to stop shooting, because nobody wants this to look weird. But we’re running out of catwalk. Finally, the girls leave.
Wade turns to LeBron and says, “Let’s give GQ this money shot.”