After leaks from NBA 2K17 surfaced on the new Warriors’ alternate uniforms for this season, the team has confirmed that they are wearing these new uniforms for six games. As you can see by the above tweet, which includes those dates, the new uniforms are essentially using the current template with the Run TMC era wordmark for the jersey. The numbers are plain white in their current Copperplate Gothic font. These are dubbed the “Crossover” uniforms. The official unveiling will be Monday.
The reason for the existence of these uniforms make no sense. The entire look lacks gold in the name and number and this serves no purpose if they are blending in two eras into one uniform. It is an awful attempt at more merchandise sales. It just doesn’t look or feel right. Throw this in the garbage, please.
Take a look at that tweet. I dismissed it when it was announced and thought that it was a pretty decent looking uniform. I don’t like the sleeves, but the piping to match the Lorraine Motel railing, the colors to match the door and the wreath for Martin Luther King Jr.’s death seemed like pretty clever ways to incorporate elements of the place of his death.
(Wait, the 50th anniversary would be 2018. Grizzlies can’t do math.)
But then I started thinking about it more. Why would they make a uniform, let alone profit from merchandise sales, solely based on the place where MLK was murdered? If you want to commemorate MLK, why do it at the place he died? Wouldn’t his hometown of Atlanta be a better fit? And is it necessary to do a full uniform like this?
I could watch this over and over again. This is why Allen Iverson is so revered. His passion on and off the court is all real.
The consensus for the most part has been positive for this alternate uniform. I am not on board with it. I like how they are honoring the military and I am fine with that. My problem is the imbalance of red and blue. I feel like this uniform should be blue dominant yet there is too much red. The red collar trim could be thinner. I also do not like that the wordmark and the number font look completely different.
It’s a nice effort but it doesn’t work for me. It looks like it’s trying to hard. You can make red, white and blue work well if you focus one color as the primary lead color.
This is big news.
Since 95.7 The Game’s inception, they have always been trying to one-up KNBR. From mocking ads to recruiting former KNBR talent, it always seemed like a battle they never won. The Game has the A’s, but KNBR has the more popular baseball team on their station. The Game has the Raiders, but KNBR employs the more popular football team. And for years, the Warriors also called KNBR home.
I suppose that with the Warriors’ rise in popularity in recent years, they wanted a radio station that was clear on the FM dial. But after a while, it just seemed like a new change might be something worth trying.
We all know that Nike will be taking over the NBA’s uniform and merchandising after this season. Nike isn’t new to the NBA. They used to have a deal with them and they have been all over the college basketball scene.
But the other week I saw that they are adopting a basketball-cut style jersey for the NFL. A little weird but it makes sense. After all, with Nike going to the NBA, let’s see how they transition back to the pros. They have some experience in it but venturing out into this was a very smart move. It’s a little odd and I doubt many fans would get a basketball jersey for the NFL. But this helps Nike.
They can get a glimpse of the market, test out if they want to use new templates or fabrics. Or in the end, it’s just Nike taking this chance to once again show that they are back on top in the NBA.
Either way, it’s a very interesting way for Nike to seek out a small market of basketball jerseys in the NFL. They might learn something new from this and use it for their NBA contract.
As America evolves into a country that is opening up and accepting LGBT as a societal norm, there is still a lot that needs to be done. Big corporations have to make a conscious decision whether or not they want to be vocal about their support or if they don’t agree with something at all.
This is where the NBA is standing. As a league that has a worldwide reach, they know that they have to be careful as to what they say or support. And Adam Silver is holding onto his word about the public bathroom laws for transgender.
You will always have both sides of this debate and Silver believes that he is taking the side that is right. Or at least the side that has the majority of support in his favor.
This is not the first time a league-wide event was threatened to be moved due to state laws. But as we look at what the NBA may be doing, it’s business but also a view of how our world is changing.