Once upon a time, kids who wore glasses got bullied on the playground and didn’t fit in anywhere remotely near a basketball court. Then, with the advent of the sports goggles, having four eyes on the hardwood became a symbol of “cool.” With athletic goggles, eye protection is of the utmost importance, but here is a list of famous NBA players who made wearing goggles all the rage.
Kareem might be one of the best players to ever set foot on the court, and is surely the best player to ever play the game wearing goggles. During his career, Jabbar led his teams to six NBA titles and 19 NBA All-Star appearances. He still holds the record for most points scored in a career, with more than 38,000. Jabbar’s goggle usage extends to his college days, when his eye got scratched mid-game. The goggles helped protect his eye shortly after the injury, and eventually became a symbol synonymous with Jabbar.
Some may say that the Los Angeles Lakers single handedly started the goggle revolution in the NBA. In addition to Jabbar, James Worthy was another Laker All-Star, famous for his goggles. Worthy won 3 NBA titles, including an NBA Finals MVP. While his stats might not rival those of other NBA players of his era, ask anyone who watched him play and they will tell you that Big Game James was one of the most underrated players in the league.
Grant may have been the first player in the league to take the goggles and really blend them with the uniform. Grant was famous for constantly changing up the frames, usually to match team colors. During his time in the league, Horace Grant was among the NBA’s top rebounders. When his career was finally over, Grant amassed four championships (3 with the Chicago Bulls and 1 with the Los Angeles Lakers).
Stat is probably the biggest current NBA Player to rock the goggles. Following eye surgery, Stoudemire was required to wear goggles to protect his eyes. Now they are as much a part of his game as his ferocious dunks. Amar’e’s place in NBA history is still largely undecided, but there is no doubt that at his peak, he had the potential to be one of the league’s biggest stars.