There’s long been a bond between the fashion world and the NBA. Diddy, of Sean John fame, once designed a Mavericks’ uniform makeover. And then there was that other famous designer who did that modern revamp for that one team.
OK, I’m stumped after Diddy.
My failure to find any more examples through Google aside, stick with the premise because summer is fashion season in the Association with at least six teams debuting new duds. Since we doubt any will make the runways of Paris, Hang Time is picking up the slack with its own fashion show.
The Cavaliers, Jazz, Timberwolves, Warriors and Clippers have officially released their new uniforms, with pictures found on each team’s website. The Mavericks have yet to announce theirs, but their first-round pick was sporting the new look during a rookie photo shoot in New York. So it’s just a matter of time before Dallas makes its splash.
Our first model comes from Cleveland, as the Cavaliers move into the post-LeBron phase of their existence introducing a “new expression of wine and gold” in their home and road outfits. The clean look harkens back to the 1970s and includes the team’s DNA statement of “All for One. One for All.” printed along the collar.
The Jazz also took cues from their past with a new color scheme and logo dating back to the club’s roots in New Orleans. The colors are navy, yellow, green and gray, plus the music note — Utah’s primary logo from 1979-96 — has also made a return. The team’s new laundry premiered at a recent fan fest.
The T-Wolves dumped green from their palette in an effort to give the brand a “sleeker, simpler and more mature look.” The changes feature only the primary colors of blue, silver, black and white, while also replacing the tree line that adorned the neck of the last two jerseys.
The Warriors are bringing back a personal favorite by reincorporating the Bay Bridge, a direct spinoff of the classic “The City” logo. Golden State is going with royal blue and golden yellow as the colors, getting rid of orange. Classy.
The big change for the Clippers is using “Los Angeles” on their red road unis. “Clippers” on the home jersey has gone from red lettering to blue and there’s also some added piping down the sides.
As for the Mavs, they’re keeping it close to the vest, err, jersey. When asked if a new uniform was on it’s way, Mark Cuban told my main man Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com “maybe.” Well, there’s photographic proof of rookie Dominique Jones rocking the new look.
For those looking for more discerning appraisals, check out the detailed uniform reviews at uniwatchblog.com. They’ve really got an eye for this stuff.