Time to critique the new changes to the NBA uniforms

I’ve critiqued a few changes in my last entry, but I think I will go for a full rundown. Uni Watch breaks them down in the above link, so I will comment on each story.

Let me first say that I hate the idea of Christmas uniforms. I think the money grab is really unnecessary. But people eat it up. I liked the old look of just a snowflake. But overhauling it is not something I dig. But since they are going to do it, at least this year’s look doesn’t offend me.

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NBA and Adidas have come up with another uniform design disaster

That is going to look terrible. Especially with teams that don’t feature any colors resembling gold, this is a poor design decision. Teams like the Raptors and Grizzlies dodge a bullet with this.

But overall, I don’t like the idea of moving the NBA logo to the back. Now adding this cluster? Shame on you NBA and Adidas.

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Could these be the new uniforms for several NBA teams?

The Warriors could be adding ANOTHER new uniform for this season.

Take this as pure speculation. The information from this post could be true. But without any confirmation, take it for what it is. I’m inclined to believe that this could be likely real.

But for the sake of discussion, let’s assume these are true. Let’s take a look at them and try to guess what will be the changes that these teams will take on with their new uniforms for the season.

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The jersey Joe Montana will wear at final Candlestick Park game

I went to the last NFL game at Candlestick Park.

I have tickets to the last concert at Candlestick Park.

But Joe Montana and a bunch of his NFL friends are going to play a flag football game there for one last hurrah. And as you can see, they have jerseys. But if you need to know, this event was brought to you by Hewlett Packard. That’s an official sponsor for the 49ers.

A great looking simple uniform ruined by that corporate logo. But of course, in this day and age, what isn’t sacred from sponsorship logos?

Sacramento Kings get new uniforms

If the above tweet is true, then the Kings are getting a uniform change. It will re-introduce the old wordmark onto its home and road sets. Their draft caps indicated that this change was coming.

It’s not bad, but I liked their current wordmark which was pretty good actually. But overall, their entire identity is kind of muddled.

Oh well, small steps.

Every player will wear specially designed cap during MLB All-Star Game

I mentioned last night that the MLB All-Star game will feature a unique uniform appearance different from years past. Not only are teams wearing new designed caps for the Home Run Derby, it appeared that they will have specially designed caps for the actual game.

Confirmed by USA Today, players will wear caps modeled after the Twins’ batting helmet from the 1970s. The template will be the same, but the colors and logo are team specific.

Rather than have the players wear their normal cap, the branding and merchandising department appears to have the stranglehold here. I like that at least they kept the team colors and logos here, but this is not necessary. It’s all about making the dollars.

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The Home Run Derby caps look so uncreative

The American League is in red. The National League is in navy blue.

Unlike years past with a custom logo for the National and American League, it’s just a recolored cap.

I’m not feeling it. Heck, even the Rangers cap doesn’t look different from what they already wear.

Charlotte Hornets unveil new uniforms and I like them

Home, road and teal alternate. However, Al Jefferson noted that the teal can be worn at home or on the road. That sounds pretty neat since the uniform color is bright enough for it. 

The Charlotte Hornets officially unveiled their new uniforms today and I think they look great. They aren’t exactly replicas of their old set but taking a twist of history and modernization together, it’s a good combination.

For a full gallery, click here.

For the unveiling video, click here.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the pinstripes are gone. Well, not exactly. They may not be the main feature on the jersey, but each uniform features pinstripes that go down the side. That pays homage to the history of the team. It’s simple and unique.

What I also like about that is the stripes are only on one side. This is another homage to a very 1990s design where uniforms are asymmetrical. Having a major design element ONLY on one side is a classic `90s look and I think this is a great part of this new set.

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New Era reveals Independence Day caps for MLB

MLB has either had teams wear red, white and blue caps or camouflage caps for their nationals holidays in the past. This year, they will be wearing the above on Independence Day.

The design will use the same template and material as the batting practice caps. Crowns will be red with a navy brim or the reverse, with a navy crown and red brim. The underbrim appear to be all gray. The team logo will be white outlined in navy over a star with the flag design in the interior. (The Rockies cap in the image might be navy with a white outline.)

It appears that the American League could be all red crowns and the National League will all be navy crowns. At least that’s my assumption with this photo and a couple leaks in the past week.

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