Short on fashion

Lauren Holiday and her West Coast Premier teammate Destiny King have caused a stir at Nike Nationals with their rolled-up shorts, which for them is not a fashion statement. Glenn Nelson/ESPN.com

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Destiny King and Lauren Holiday get it everywhere they go. When they walked past another team down in Texas earlier this month, one of the girls said, "They think that's cute." Holiday shot them a look and just rolled her shorts up higher.

Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em.

This ain't Rawhide; it's girls' basketball and the two West Coast Premier players have caused a stir on the club circuit with their rolled-up shorts look.

Both King and Holiday started rolling back in middle school. Some think it's because they play volleyball. Some think they're making a fashion statement.

It's neither, truth be told. It's purely function.

"You get a little breeze down there," said King, a rising senior at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. "We run a lot."

She added, "When you try a crossover move, the ball doesn't get caught in your shorts. I have big legs and my thighs rub together."

The secret of the rollup finally is revealed: Both roll the waistband of their shorts. They roll the legs and secure them in their compression shorts. Voilà!

King's legs have a tighter roll. Holiday's shorts look shorter. "I have a higher waist," said the rising senior at Campbell Hall (Chatsworth, Calif.) who has committed to UCLA.

Any fabric can be rolled. Good news is that the new Dri-FIT uniforms issued for the Nike Nationals participants are easier to roll than, say, the satin uniforms typically employed by high-school teams.

And King and Holiday roll their civilian shorts, too. Since they both go to high school in Southern California, there's plenty of opportunity for the civilian rollup. They don't roll their jeans, however.

"They're tight enough," Holiday said.

This look is not without consequences, of course. They get catcalls from opposing rooting sections. "Diaper Girl" is a common insult.

And there was the time at the End of the Trail tournament in Oregon City, Ore., last year when King had her shorts rolled up extra high and tight. She bent over during a game and, well, gave the college coaches maybe more than they were looking for.

During all the years King and Holiday have been doing the rollup, there's been only one real convert. LSU-bound Sheila Boykin, a teammate of theirs with West Coast Premier and King's at Long Beach Poly, rolled her own for a spell. There's a rumor that a younger player in the West Coast program is seeking the breeze now.

Maybe this thing isn't catching on, but King and Holiday have their uses. A girl gets hot playing basketball.

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Glenn Nelson is a senior writer at ESPN.com and the founder of HoopGurlz.com. A graduate of Seattle University and Columbia University, he formerly coached girls' club basketball, was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of an online sports network, authored a basketball book for kids, has had his photography displayed at the Smithsonian Institute, and was a longtime, national-award-winning newspaper columnist and writer. He can be reached at glenn@hoopgurlz.com.