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 NBA unveiled their All-Star Game uniforms yesterday and it’s awful. Now, I know that the game was moved from Charlotte to New Orleans so maybe they had to come up with new uniforms for the game. Still, a slate gray vs a light gray uniform set? Come on!
I don’t like that these look like rec league uniforms. They don’t say EAST or WEST on either of them. They’re very generic. Adidas, for their final All-Star Game, has come out with a dud. Appropriate.
We still have the KIA logo and the Adidas logo. But no sleeves this time so good for them!
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.
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.
The home and road are fine. In fact, they look pretty nice with the 66-degree angle thing. The alternate isn’t too bad either although I am not digging the font.
Oh but the sleeve Pride soccer-looking set is terrible. I know they want to pay homage to the past but this looks ugly. It doesn’t belong on the court and surely it doesn’t really even look that pleasing. Now maybe if the sleeves were gone I can like it. But they are there so I dislike it a lot. Adidas is falling hard in their final season.
Adidas and the NBA unveiled the uniforms for the All-Star Game in Toronto later this season. Much like the Raptors’ current uniform, they take the f0nt and simple design look for this uniform. For the most part, I am totally fine with that.
The Warriors wore their “The City” throwbacks on Tuesday night and it looked great. In fact, anytime they wear this uniform, it’s beautiful.
But there were some things I didn’t like about it. As I mentioned before, the logo on the front looked terrible due to the fabric of the patch. Because of that, it looked like a different color from the actual jersey. And it varied from the angle of the lighting.
But why are they required to wear a patch instead of the stencil of the previous designs?
We had known for months that the Warriors would bring back “The City” throwbacks for this season. On Thursday they officially announced it, sharing photos of the uniform.
In my opinion, this is the best-looking uniform in league history. The crest in the front and the cable car in the back both look phenomenal.
So in theory, I should be excited about this, right? Well, yes I am. But there is one problem with this throwback. Take a closer look at the crest. Instead of the screen-printed stencil of the circle on the jersey, it’s an entire patch that’s stitched on.