I know the recent trend in the NBA is to have the designs on the court be very bare. Even last year’s All-Star game was pretty colorless. The key was not colored and the only thing that had any color was the midcourt logo.
Take a look at the above video. The floor projection video works well because the floor, once again, was just hardwood. The keys weren’t painted and aside from the midcourt logo, all other designs were wood-colored (just in different tones). Even during the video, the logo at midcourt was covered by a white sheet.
Even though the colorless floors are trendy, did the designers of this floor design it knowing full well that the best way for the video projection was less color?
After watching last night’s NBA All-Star weekend festivities, there were two thoughts that came to my mind. My first thought was the three-point contest. The star power and the hype was met in my opinion. We got to see a great first round and a great battle between teammates Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Former champion Kyrie Irving also put on a great show and the three made it to the final round.
What you see above is Curry’s final round. He made an impressive 13 shots in a row to help seal his victory. We have lauded Curry as the best shooter in the NBA and it seemed for a while that it was in-game only. But now he has finally won this contest and we are so blessed to have seen such a great talent win the contest that seemingly was designed for him.
We have a lot of great shooters in the league. This contest was a great platform to show off their skills.
Look at this lineup. The defending champion is back in it. Kyle Korver. Stephen Curry. Klay Thompson. Wesley Matthews. James Harden. J.J. Redick. Kyrie Irving.
This is a very impressive lineup. These are all great shooters and I think there is a chance we could see some records broken. Most years this contest is second to the dunk contest. It still doesn’t have the flair as the dunk contest, but this is one of basketball’s best showcases. I’m excited!
Check out the link for all the details on the new NBA All-Star Game uniforms. It is a shocker as it is quite simple, sleeve-free and features some unique designs that you may not notice.
It seems to me that with the simplicity of the Nets’ design and the history of basketball in New York, a design without a lot of glitz and glamour and all that jazz made sense. After all, New York is very big on their fashion and the last thing you want to do is represent The Big Apple with a poorly designed look.
With that said, I want to break down the warmups and the actual uniforms themselves.
Harrison Barnes will represent the West.
There are new rules to the dunk contest this year in an attempt to spice it up with an East vs West approach. Here are the rules via USA Today:
For the first time, the dunk contest participants will be split into two teams: East (Terrence Ross, Paul George and John Wall) and West (Harrison Barnes, Damian Lillard and Ben McLemore). Rather than all of the dunkers competing against each other as individuals, they will be working in teams, with team and individual awards being given out at the end of the night.
The first round will be a so-called “freestyle” competition, where the dunkers on each team will have 90 seconds to pack in as many dunks as they can. It’s essentially a layup line, not too different from players’ pregame shootaround routines. The judges select a winning team, and that team chooses whether to go first or second in the next round.
The battle round is another clever twist. The three dunkers on each team will be paired off for a series of head-to-head battles, with the judges selecting a winner from each. When a dunker loses a battle, he’s eliminated from the competition, and the remaining contestants continue to go head-to-head until one of the teams wins three battles. That team will be the Slam Dunk Champions for the night.
So it’s a team game now instead of an individual game, even though there are individual elements. Will this work? I hope so. The dunk contest wasn’t bad because of the old rules. It was bad because there was lack of creativity and the time allotment was too long.
EDIT: The NBA makes it official.
We knew sleeves were going to be included in the All-Star game jerseys this year. But I didn’t realize the entire set would look like crap. Seriously, does Adidas not know what is considered fashionable? Check out the link above as the jerseys have been leaked by a French basketball site.
I don’t want to go too much into detail as to what bothers me because it’s pretty easy to see what is wrong. We have sleeves. We have no number on the front, just the logo. The back is cluttered with two logos, a name and a number. Random one shoulder stripe? Three stripes down the side because Adidas wants to remind you that they are making this. And the three stripes on the three stripes. And also, that incomplete colored collar just looks so amateur.