There’s a much-memed 2012 photo of Lenny Kravitz that makes the rounds on the internet from time to time—especially when the weather starts getting colder—of the rocker wearing a very large scarf while walking around New York City. But each time the image appears online, the size of the scarf can vary, depending on if it’s the original photo of Lenny’s already-huge scarf or a Photoshopped version making the already-huge scarf even huger, to the point where it completely consumes him. “Okay, the scarf is big, but the internet has made the scarf enormous. You look at some of those [images] and it’s just like, ‘Okay guys, the scarf is three times bigger than it really is in this picture,’” Kravitz told GQ years later. The scarf makes it hard to know what’s real, and what isn’t.
At first glance, the ginormous, Pepto-pink Raf Simons sweater that Washington Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma wore into the Capital One Arena on Monday seems equally unbelievable. It was big enough to dwarf Kuz’s 6′ 10″ frame—just imagine how much yarn that is! But the sweater really was that big! (That is, until it wasn’t: “For every 25 likes this gets, I’ll make Kuzma’s sweatshirt bigger,” the Twitter user NBA Paint wrote.)
Kuz quickly found himself “fighting for his life in his instagram comments,” as his fellow NBA buddies went in on the big pink fit in his comments. “Ain’t no fucking way you wore that!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. I’m not pressing the like button cause this is outrageous Kuz! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣,” wrote his former Lakers teammate LeBron James. “Cmon bro 😂 shit getting outta hand now,” said DeMarcus Cousins, dunking on Kuz once again. Even newly minted sweater enthusiast Michael Rapaport asked, “My Man WTF is you doing.” Kuz himself replied to a few of the comments, defending the look with a practical, “it’s cold out,” which is also exactly what Kravitz said in regards to his giant scarf. Fortunately, man about town Zack Bia came through with the correct assessment: a simple “yes.” For what it’s worth, the jumper’s currently still in stock on FarFetch, and on sale to boot: marked down to $1,491 from $1,659. In the e-comm photos, it’s styled with the oversized sleeves pushed up, but to truly wear it Kuz style would require leaving the sleeves to completely dangle past your hands.
In a video, Kuz looked bashful in his probably very cozy sweater, quickly gathering up one sleeve to reach for the door handle to the Wizards’ locker room, in a way that feels reminiscent of wearing a new item of clothing to school for the first time and hoping that people either like it or at least don’t make fun of you for it. Ultimately, professional sports is a kind of theater, and though it might not have been Kuz’s goal, wearing an absolutely enormous Raf Simons sweater feels like a meta-commentary on the evolution of the NBA pre-game look. It is, literally and figuratively, a big fit.