Nike is off to a rough start with the new NBA jerseys

I didn’t get a chance to address this while I was on vacation but after catching up with all the news, I wanted to ad my two cents on the Nike jerseys that were revealed earlier this week.

Let’s take a look at the Warriors’ new jersey for the upcoming season. I knew that Nike wouldn’t make any major changes to the jersey but there is still a significant change to the collar. The gold has been nearly eliminated, making the collar look very plain. Additionally, the number has been moved more toward the center. Both these moves are downgrades to the overall aesthetic the Warriors used to have. The piping along the side also has changed. Instead of the shoulder loop trim going all the way, the piping interrupts it. This is a lateral move but it seems like it’s change for the sake of change.

The Warriors don’t look too different, but these changes are not necessary.

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Houston Rockets unveil three useless new alt uniforms

So this is Adidas’ final stand? They are going to uglify the league before Nike takes over after two seasons. And they will do something completely unnecessary and useless to the identity branding to the Rockets.

The Rockets’ identity was great. Sure, their home and road identity was outdated but it was still a very unique design. Their ketchup & mustard alt was a nice look, especially since it harked back to their championship colors. It was good. It didn’t need anything extra.

Then this.

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Draymond Green’s new Beats By Dre commercial throws shade at James Harden

Remember when James Harden said that the Warriors weren’t that good? That caused a big stir during the regular season as the Warriors won all four games they had against the Rockets by double-figures. Entering this Western Conference finals, that was the talk of the series as people were reminded that Harden had dismissed the Warriors as a good team.

With the Warriors up 2-0 on the Rockets in the series, Beats By Dre released this new commercial in which a reporter mentioned the exact same scenario among (without mentioning Harden’s name) other thoughts from supposed haters of Draymond Green. In classic Beats style, Green put on his headphones and walked away from the onslaught of media questions.

The commercial takes a jab at Harden and the Rockets and with the Warriors now 6-0 against them this year, it’s just icing on the cake to a quote from months ago that is still being talked about.  Green probably doesn’t care what Harden said, but for the commercial, it’s good TV to remind Harden about his foolish words.

Also mentioned in the commercial is his size and his mother. Check out the commercial above.

How the Timberwolves-Rockets sleevefest uniform matchup doesn’t bother me

Sleeves are bad. But the designs are nice.

I don’t like sleeved uniforms in the NBA. In fact, any sleeve uniform I just cringe when I see them. Yet for some reason, this matchup right here doesn’t bother me. I don’t know why.

First, this is the Rockets’ Chinese New Year uniform and it actually looks really good. Aside from the sleeves, the design is simple yet still captures the identity of the Rockets team. As a one-time deal, this one actually looks like it belongs in the NBA. In fact, this seems like a design I might see in a league in China.

The Wolves, out of all the sleeved jerseys out there, have one that doesn’t offend me so much. I like it also because of the simplicity. Black is a safe color to go with when it comes to sleeves and the side panels work really well with their identity.

So in a battle of very ugly jerseys, the two that were least offensive to me met on the court tonight. If you just look away from the sleeves, these jerseys aren’t too bad.

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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Adidas can’t even get their Yao Ming throwback correct

His name is Yao Ming. Yao is his surname. He has worn YAO on his jersey throughout his entire NBA career.

But somehow, someway, Adidas missed that. Either they did not do any research, have any common sense or have no idea how names work outside of America.

 

 

Vince Carter calls Dwight Howard a ‘crybaby’ and it’s glorious

Vince Carter and Dwight Howard were once teammates.

From 2009-2010, Vince Carter and Dwight Howard were teammates on the Orlando Magic. Carter has seen Howard play up close and personal, so he knows the history of the big man.

They play on separate teams now and they faced off last night as the Mavericks took on the Rockets. During the game, Carter had some choice words for Howard as he was talking with an official.

“All the time,” Carter told ESPN of Howard’s whining to officials. “He always talks about how I’m a crybaby. I was like, ‘Yo, you’re the biggest crybaby I know.’ And then later, he’s like, ‘Yo, why’d you say that to me?’ But I know Dwight. It’s all good, but he is [a crybaby].”

Of course Carter didn’t really say any of that to really attack Howard, but it’s true that in this league with floppers and bad officiating, the perception of certain players are put under the microscope. For Howard, after he whined his way out of Orlando and flopped in Los Angeles, his reputation isn’t very strong. Adding to the fact that he’s a terrible offensive player for a guy of his stature, he has a lot going against him.

His perception of being a unreliable basketball player has always been something I held on to after he forced his way out of Orlando. Carter just adds to the perception of what I have of him. Is Howard that bad? Probably not. But he’s turned himself into that kind of a villain in the NBA where we want to see him look bad. After all, he did bring some of it to himself and Carter is just pointing it out to us again.

And for me, as a non-fan of Howard, this was just what I like to see.