NBA Nerd Alert

A studious look is redefining pro style

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Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder arrives before taking on the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on March 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, Calif.

A Nerd-fashion wave is spreading across the NBA--a movement that is transforming the image of young, rich, African-American athletes. You would have spotted geek chic all over this year's All-Star Game, where Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Russell Westbrook and others sported Steve Urkel--style glasses throughout the weekend. You see it in Dwyane Wade's cool-dweeb bow ties, in Amar'e Stoudemire's prep-perfect plaid shirt. You might have first sensed it in the form of Durant's now signature backpack--often worn with a single strap buckled across his chest--when he started wearing it to his press conferences last postseason. (The 6-ft. 9-in. Oklahoma...

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