Here’s the question that was asked and depending on who you ask, you will get a different answer.
Statistically, Wayne Gretzky is the easy choice. He has so many records, the championships and heralded as the greatest ever in his sport. Steve Nash holds some records in the NBA, but nowhere close to what Gretzky has accomplished. So why is this a tough question?
Canadians are (stereotypically) supposed to be good at hockey. It’s in their blood. So even though Gretzky was great, there is not a lot of a surprise factor that he is the greatest in his sport. If not him, maybe it would have been some other Canadian.
One of the best team apparel cap designs I have ever seen was created by Reebok for the NFL in 2006. All team caps were unique in design because the side panels of the caps were actually the design of the team pant stripes that year. In Reebok’s tenure in manufacturing items for the NFL, this was their best design.
Today, Mitchell & Ness released a series of throwbacks for the Lakers (here, here, here), Sonics (here, here) and Grizzlies (here). Notice anything? They took the same concept of what Reebok did with their snapback. It’s a great looking cap, but it doesn’t feel original. Of course, there are limitations in designing such a cap. But it just feels like M&N took what Reebok did and re-purposed it for their design.
This could just be a coincidence but since the Reebok idea isn’t an innovative idea and it came out almost a decade ago, you never know. I’m surprised that there are only these three teams. I wonder if more is to come.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I don’t know if you’re Irish, but if this day means something to you, then celebrate as you wish. Just be safe.
With people wearing green today, I like to go over my favorite green uniforms in the top major leagues in America.
MLB: There’s something about the simplicity of the green pullover with the city name on it. This was it for the A’s. It wasn’t even that popular of a design in terms of all the outrageous looks they had in the ’70s. But this look from 1982 sold me. Simple and classic. It’s a shame that the A’s are the only team in baseball today that wear a green jersey.
Then again, I am biased towards the A’s. But their balance of gold and green is a great complement to the entire set. I wish they could throw back to these beauties in the near future. That would be awesome. Here’s to wishful thinking.
(Side note, I like what the Mets wear during St. Paddy’s Day every spring.)
Since 2006, Adidas has been the official outfitter of the NBA. And on Monday, it was announced that the NBA would not renew their contract with them after the 2016-17 season. I have not been a fan of many things Adidas has done in terms of aesthetics, design and common decency.
And during their time with the NBA, they have made more than their fair share of terrible outfits for NBA teams. Some of these designs had to have come from the NBA but still, it’s Adidas with the creative control on these outfits. And with that, I give you their 10 biggest blunders during their partnership with the NBA (and there’s two more years to come).
10- All-Star Game uniforms
I liked it when the All-Star Game uniforms were simple. Or even the years when the players would just wear their own team uniforms. But Adidas decided to get crazy and give us the following monstrosities.
I have complained about Adidas many times and with this news, I am relieved that one of my biggest gripes about them is over. I never liked their partnership with the NBA. They turned so many good-looking uniforms into boring cookie-cutter designs. They were trying to be innovative but realistically, they just failed on so many levels of aesthetics.
They gave us sleeves and big logos and a whole boatload of ugly alternates. But with this coming to an end soon, I can celebrate the finality of one of the worst branding partnerships I can think of in recent memory.
From the official statement from Adidas:
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The Atlanta Hawks unveiled a new statue of Dominique Wilkins outside their arena to honor the legend. In addition to that, the team wore these gorgeous throwbacks for their game against the Cavaliers.
There is a great excitement about the uniforms. It takes them back to a fun era of Hawks basketball and it is a unique non-cookie cutter design that captured the identity of the times. I personally was really excited to see these throwbacks and the Hawks Twitter account decided to share that sentiment.
For those unfamiliar, the slang term “on fleek” means on point. It’s a term that is gaining traction but still isn’t that commonly used yet today. It’s one of those slang terms that is rarely heard in conversation and I think only should be reserved for minimal use online. But the Hawks used it and their Twitter followers did not respond in kind.
I consider him one of the best in the business. He interviews so well and is beloved by so many. I am so happy he is back!