If you've been around NBA players, you quickly notice that despite differences in skill level and ability, they all have a few things in common. Go in any arena, in any NBA locker room and you'll virtually see every player has three things: Beats by Dre headphones, a Louis Vuitton or Gucci toiletry bag, and shoes made by either of those high-end designers.
Of course, when you live the lifestyle of the rich and famous, you've got to play the part. Consider the retail value on these items. A Gucci or Louis toiletry bag will run you upward of $320 to $775, depending on the brand and size. A pair of shoes by either designer will cost you at least $800, and the headphones range anywhere from $150 to $300.
RedEye asked Bulls players if they own these items and got some interesting thoughts on the science behind this phenomenon.
Do you own a Gucci or Louis Vuitton toiletry bag and if so, why?
Nate Robinson: Yes, I own the toiletry bags. People get them as gifts. I wouldn't go and buy one; I got mine as a gift from one of my teammates as kind of like a Secret Santa thing.
Nazr Mohammed: I do have a Louis Vuitton toiletry bag. I was in the Louis store shopping for my wife and the only thing I could get in there was accessories. I saw it, I liked it, and so I picked one up.
Jimmy Butler: I have a Louis toiletry bag, but I'm not really into it because I don't want to be like everyone else. In fact, the only reason I even have one is because my brother bought it for me—with my money, of course.
Riichard Hamilton: Yeah, I have a Louis Vuitton toiletry bag because I don't wear anything but Louis. I just love everything about it; it's like one of my favorite girlfriends.
Taj Gibson: I don't have one. I'm not about to spend $600 to $1,000 on a little toiletry bag like that.
Joakim Noah: A $600 toiletry bag? C'mon man. I mean, what are you doing with a $600 toiletry bag? If a guy brings his Gucci or Louis toiletry bag to practice or a game, I'm gonna let you know how I feel: It's corny.
Do you own a pair of Gucci or Louis Vuitton shoes?
Nate Robinson: I don't rock the shoes; I'm all Jordans. Nike, Jordans—that's it.
Nazr Mohammed: I do have the shoes because I like nice things. But that wouldn't have been true a few years back because I could never find my size.
Jimmy Butler: I do have the shoes, but you'll never see me wearing them. They were gifts.
Richard Hamilton: Of course! All Louis everything. I mean, I don't really wear anything but Gucci or Brand Jordan, but I might throw some Gucci on every now and then, though.
Taj Gibson: I don't have any more Gucci or Louis shoes. I didn't want to be a part of the "culture" of the NBA.
Joakim Noah: I don't wear nothing Gucci or nothing Louis, ever.
Do you own a pair of Beats by Dre headphones?
Nate Robinson: I do have a pair of those. Taj [Gibson] got the whole team some when we went to L.A. Those are like the best headphones out, so you've gotta have the best stuff.
Nazr Mohammed: Yes. I've gotten a couple of pairs as freebies. Guys give them to each other as gifts a lot of times. I've had a couple of different pair and I like all of them.
Jimmy Butler: Taj got us all a pair recently, and I took Wesley Matthews' [fellow Marquette alum, current Portland Trail Blazer] headphones during the lockout. Then I put the picture up on Instagram. I didn't even care if they had his name on the side!
Richard Hamilton: I do have some. I got them as gifts. … Taj just bought me some with his new money. That's my man.
Taj Gibson: Yeah, I have them. But I didn't buy them for the guys like everyone is saying. I know some dudes that work there; they're from Chicago. They gave me a great number of headphones and I just dispersed them to my teammates.
Joakim Noah: I've got them. I mean, they're good headphones. We usually have side deals for them, too, and when people throw you side deals like that, you gotta take it. I mean, I'm not gonna not rock them [just] because another guy has them.
Bryan Crawford is a RedEye special contributor.