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.
We had seen the Kings logos rebrand and I thought it was OK. Now we get to see their uniforms and they still remain OK.
I don’t understand the point of two purple uniforms that look very similar. I don’t even understand the font or the over heavy balance of gray/silver to their identity. But it’s here and I just think it is more of a lateral rebrand of their identity. It’s OK.
However, the black alternates should be celebrated. If you look closely at the design, it’s supposed to mimic the city flag. OK, I can roll with that. I love the lion at the collar and the white text over black is simple with the purple trim.
We were informed in a post last week of what the Sacramento Kings’ new logo sets were going to look like. Today, we now know what the colors will be and how it will be used.
Let me say this first. The Kings have had an identity crisis for about 15 years. When they were the purple and black Kings who challenged the Lakers in the early 2000s, that was a neat identity. They tried to roll with it in the following years and had a lot of trouble establishing one whole identity. They were changing wordmarks and primary logos. They kept the same colors, but the whole identity as a mess.
Naturally since they have not established their look, making changes is easy. This is what we have now. The Kings deserve better and in an attempt to stay relevant, they have followed the trend of incorporating an old design to their identity. It’s not great but it’s what happens when a team is struggling to make an impact.
Well here it is folks. This appears to be the new Kings logo set. It takes a piece of their history and gives it a modern take to the logo. The city name is there and the font is different. The basketball has an added seam. Overall, it’s a pretty good modern version of an old logo. (Keep in mind that the official colors are not known yet — black and white is just a placeholder.)
If you click the link, you can see the the other alternate logos. Overall, it’s a nice set but I will have to wait until I see it in its full color first. I do like the lion logos. Continue reading
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.
Last night, the Kings played at home with the center court logo they’ve had for several seasons. You can get a better view from this highlight package.
But as you can see from the above tweet, it appears they’re changing the center court design to their primary logo.
But wait, there’s a slight change to it. The ball has been rotated (and darkened) and the logo features a new armor-like design. Expect for the mace, the entire logo is completely changed by this new design. It kind of reminds me of Rutgers’ helmet.
It’s a nice design and I am OK with it. But if they are going with the armor look, the rest of the court should feature it too. However, judging by the photo, it appears that the only change is at center court.
If you haven’t caught wind of it, last night gave us a major glimpse of how bad these Heat “fans” are. Their team is down five with less than a minute to go. If you’ve watched the NBA at any point in time in your life, you know that a deficit like that can be overcome. Especially with a team that talented like the Heat, you can’t just assume that the game is over.
But apparently these Heat fans thought so. The mass exodus of the arena is pretty embarrassing. What’s even worse is that when they found out the game went into overtime, they all tried to get back into the arena. The “No Re-Entry” policy was in effect and nobody was allowed to get back in.
I’ve always made fun of the Heat bandwagon fans and now the local and national media have joined me. This is embarrassing and it surprises me why anyone who paid good money to see a game would leave the game early. It wasn’t like a double-digit blowout. But of course, these are the things only basketball fans would know.
Tearing a team away from the community is a tough thing. I am glad the Kings aren’t moving. But this also means that the team has to put out a good product or else these talks resurface again.
Is there hope for the Kings to stay in Sacramento? Maybe. I have never actually seen the Kings play in Sacramento ever before and I don’t want them to move.
Classic 1990s throwbacks.
The other night, we saw the Suns wear their gorgeous black eclipse uniforms and it brought me back to when basketball was so big for me. Tonight, the Bucks will wear their green uniforms. This nostalgia run has got me excited.
As you can see from the above photo, these teams will wear these throwbacks in the upcoming games and I could not be more excited.
Despite the logistical design flaws of big letters, gradients and pointless dropshadows, this was a time in basketball when I really fell in love with the league. Seeing these on the floor one last time is really a great high five for the league.