Watch out Russell Westbrook you have some fellow NBA competitors in the branded sunglasses game. Although in a much smaller fashion than Westbrook, Minnesota Timberwolves reserve guard, J.J. Barea, and Dallas Mavericks reserve forward, Al-Farouq Aminu, have each launched their own branded sunglasses.
Barea’s sunglasses are limited edition and are in collaboration with the Puerto Rican brand Q.NEPA. The glasses are at a much cheaper price point than Westbrook’s as it will only cost you $40 to look as suave as J.J. Barea:
— José Juan Barea (@jjbareapr) August 14, 2014
Barea does look sporty in his glasses and accordinging to Q.NEPA’s website (via Google Translate), he “exclusively designed” them:
In collaboration with Puerto Rican basketball player José Juan Barea, we have launched a limited edition of our model Q.GOLD commemorating their participation at the World Basketball FIBA 2014.
The frame, exclusively designed by JJ Barea, representing the blue design, white and red of our flag like the gold accents that are unique to the model. The lens is completely polarized in black and offers UV 400 protection, like signing the player.
A portion of the sales will be directed to the “JJ Barea Foundation” which helps promote athletic development of needy children in Puerto Rico.
Aminu on the other hand, not only has branded sunglasses but also has eyeglass frames with GEEK Eyewear, a sponsorship he has had since he was drafted in 2010.
The company’s website provides more details on the Rouq collection which retail at $129:
Rouq Collection for Al-Farouq Aminu, NBA by GEEK Eyewear® Style Geek Rouq 3. How have the early geeks who collect comic books and attend 48 hours Star-Trek marathons taken to a 6-foot-9 geek who will be a starter in the NBA?
GEEK EYEWEAR® is not just for computer nerds and Sci-Fi addicts. The line was developed to express an attitude. Today’s geek is a complete individual, which is what originally drew Al-Farouq Aminu, NBA star player to GEEK EYEWEAR®. Aminu is not a typical ball player: He was a member of the 2008 McDonald’s All American Team and distinguished himself as one of the country’s best forwards. Currently, he is with Dallas Mavericks. Off the court, Farouq has a great sense of humor and comes across as comfortable with who he is. Al-Farouq’s charisma is a big part of his appearance, which explains his stand-out choice in everything he does.
Similar to Westbrook, Aminu actually only wears the glasses for style. From a 2011 interview with The Written Runway:
Has eyewear always been something you wore?
“I really started wearing glasses when I started going to college, about 2-3 years ago. I used to always wear big frames. I never wore glasses so I thought it was cool to wear glasses from time to time.”
Are the glasses you wear prescription or just for style?
“No, it’s just for the look.”
Whether you wear glasses for the look like Aminu and Westbrook or if you need some shades to help protect your eyeballs from the sun’s deadly rays like Barea, take comfort in knowing that you have multiple NBA-themed options when it comes to your eyewear.