I knew this was coming. I didn’t want it to happen. But here we are.
The NBA and Adidas, for the third straight season, have given the Warriors a new alternate uniform to wear. This one was expected as the team’s style guide revealed several of their logos recolored in slate gray. It was an indication that a new uniform would be on its way.
The initial reaction is “why?” The Warriors have vibrant colors of royal and gold. It’s a great identity and to murk it up with gray doesn’t work for me. It’s drab and doesn’t match their current identity.
I don’t know if they are trying to look like the Nets but calling these the #WarriorsSlate in an attempt to make it like some secret spy uniform is pretty silly. Slate gray is just not working for me. Check out more photos of the new set.
The white numbers don’t give it much of an identifiable look with the dark uniforms. The blue gets lost also. And of course, sleeves are terrible. There is nothing about this that looks great. I don’t even like the fact that the chest logo doesn’t even feature any text.
It might be a look that can work with a different team. But with a Warriors team with a history of vibrant colors, this is just a shameful cash grab by Adidas. What a shame.
Per the official press release:
Slate represents not only the technology and innovation synonymous with the Bay Area, but also the body armor for the team on the court. The Warriors will debut the Slate Alternate Uniforms when the team faces the Charlotte Hornets at home on Saturday, November 15, and continue to wear the Slate Alternate Uniforms on Saturday games throughout the 2014-15 regular season (Does not include Opening Night).