Dating Dealbreaker: Basketball Shorts

Dating Dealbreaker: Basketball Shorts
Kevin Federline (FameFlynet Pictures)
Dating Dealbreaker: Basketball Shorts
Behind that stack of stuff hides another pair of basketball shorts. (FameFlynet Pictures) 
Before we begin, it should be noted that Kevin Federline himself is basically one big walking, talking dating dealbreaker.

And while we could happily wax poetic about his expensive Britney Spears-funded Cheetos habit or endless supply of baby mamas, let's instead focus our attention on his love affair with basketball shorts.

To be clear, Kobe doing his thing on the courts in B-ball attire is not a problem. Nor are guys hitting up the gym in comfort. But just like sweatpants on women, there is a time and place for everything.

On a recent date, a friend carefully plotted out the perfect ensemble. Her "Romeo," on the other hand, thought it acceptable to show up in a flannel shirt and basketball shorts. You can imagine just how impressed she was.

When you step out into the world wearing gym shorts (and aren't headed to the gym) you're sending a very clear message: "Sorry folks, I don't feel the need to impress you—at all. I'm also too lazy to deal with zippers and buttons."

Now if you think you're just too cool to wear pants (which you are not), think of it this way: Basketball shorts were designed with extremely tall athletes in mind. So unless you're about 6'7'', they won't just make you look lazy, they'll also make you look short. And no, they won't make you look more athletic by default (see: K. Fed).

Does it bug you when men hit the streets in basketball shorts? Sound off in the comments and cast your vote!
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