So what do you do when you’ve announced plans to move away from the city you’ve called home for 46 years? You pen this letter! (Read the responses to the tweet.)
On Friday the Warriors officially unveiled their “Statement” uniforms for the season. Basically, they’re wearing this every Saturday to replace the slate uniforms they had for the past couple of seasons. This uniform is to pay homage to the city of Oakland. The city in which they are leaving for a nicer, fancier arena in San Francisco. Add on the fact that the Raiders are leaving for Las Vegas, it hurts the people of “The Town” that two of their beloved franchises no longer want to call Oakland as home.
So here are the Warriors, who have planned to leave Oakland since Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over, trying to make amends before the exodus. The team has worn throwbacks in the past but all these throwbacks that feature a city name is that of San Francisco. Both uniforms have featured San Francisco or The City on it. But never in franchise history has a uniform featured a moniker for Oakland. And the Warriors have played in Oakland longer than any other location they have in history.
Well, did you expect me to like this?
The deal with the Japanese company for $20 million a year is the highest contract for jersey ads in the NBA. Of course the Warriors would do this.
Aside from the fact that jersey ads exist, the red doesn’t match with the white uniform. At least the blue jerseys feature the patch in white.
But still, it just looks like some random letter on the jersey. Oh well. This is the NBA we have right now.
This was beautiful to see.
I understand why the A’s switched their road caps but with the gray tops, this previous cap just works so well. The simplicity of the two colors works. I wish they would bring it back. It is one of my favorite caps in the team’s history.
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.
I was out for most of the day so I have not given myself enough time to go over all that’s happened. Chris Creamer in the tweet above covers everything you need to know.
But here are some quick thoughts.
- I am not a big fan of the collars but it isn’t too bad. I do not like the new laces for the collars but it was inevitable that this was going to happen.
- The perforated numbers on some of these look OK. I know that the crests and fabrics are lighter because some crests aren’t all fully stitched like before. From a distance it looks fine.
- I am OK with the NHL shield being Chromaflex.
Yesterday’s Golden State Warriors championship parade was the last time we will see Adidas produce official NBA merchandise. Next season, Nike takes over the NBA as the league’s official outfitter and I couldn’t be happier. (Although I am saddened by the manufacturer’s logo now appearing on the jersey and sleeves next season.)
Adidas took over as the NBA’s official outfitter in 2006, taking over Reebok. In that time, Adidas made some significant changes to the uniform, sideline wear and fabric designs for the league. Overall, the Adidas experiment in the NBA was a failure. Aside from lighter fabric for uniforms, the company did not really provide any great memorable, lasting impressions on the league.
The first change Adidas made was the Revolution 30. This was a template for all team jerseys in which the stitching and mesh fabrics of the jersey were all the same for every team. This meant that teams that featured a shinier material were forced to go to a dull flat color. You can tell difference between Derrick Rose’s rookie year jersey (under Reebok) and what Adidas put out.
The long-awaited Detroit Lions uniforms are here!
I want to first address that the entire set has removed black from its identity. The helmet features the Northwestern stripe but I feel that the lack of white in that stripe makes it look so plain and empty. The logo is outlined in Honlulu blue, which is fine. The facemask is also very nice as it appears to be chrome. A blue one would have worked too.
The home set (and the color swapped road set) is very good. I love the Northwestern stripes remaining on the sleeve and pants. The simplicity of it is great and the number font isn’t bad either.
However, the only real annoying issue is the team name on one sleeve, and the initials of William Clay Ford on the other. It reminds me of the Bucs and their sleeves featuring different things. They should have just removed those names. They aren’t necessary. Keep a Ford patch and I would be fine with it.