Finally, some classic, simple, interesting, wearable NBA uniforms. Like, ya know, for when you buy it for the price of a new iPhone and get the urge to actually use it as clothes.
They even have a backstory, which was outlined in an Adidas press release early Tuesday morning.
Designed by adidas, the uniforms pay tribute to New York City’s basketball history and unique boroughs while personifying the city’s legacy as the mecca of sports, music and fashion. The clean, timeless design is inspired by classic sports uniforms and barnstorming basketball teams from the early 20th century.
The jerseys feature a side panel of five stars, each representing New York City’s five boroughs with a unique pattern:
o Queens: a pattern inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough’s iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park
o Staten Island: a wave pattern to signify its surrounding waters
o Manhattan: a taxi-cab checkered pattern represents the pace and energy of the world’s most cosmopolitan city
o The Bronx: a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City
o Brooklyn: a brick pattern inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighborhoods of the city’s most populous borough
Might we add our own symbolic analysis:
– The lone number in the middle of uniform has purposely been “isolated” from any lettering, in tribute to Carmelo Anthony’s preferred offensive strategy.
– The “five” stars on the side also represent a benchmark for the Knicks to shoot for, seeing as they’re chasing that elusive “fifth” win 18 games into the season.
– The warm-up tees pay homage to John Lennon’s famous “New York City” shirt, which is a nice way of saying “let’s not make this about New York’s NBA teams, ok?”
– Warm-up tees will also be three-quarter sleeved, representing the exact amount of a basketball game the Knicks show up to play.
– The warm-up pants are #tapered and #cool so that Russell Westbrook will wear them.
– Individual warm-up jackets will be emblazoned with military-like decorations representing each player’s career accolades, like “MVP” or “NBA Champion” or “ROY” or “Owns a bunch of cool hats and scored 64 points once.”
– The very basic uniforms will be $110, which pays tribute to the Knicks and Nets’ rich tradition of spending a lot of money for very little.
– Lastly, the sheer fact that they’re “basketball uniforms” and not “a pair of antique overalls” represents Bushwick’s legacy of doing the opposite of what’s currently cool in Bushwick.
This year’s All-Star weekend will be split between the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (February 13-14) and Madison Garden (February 15), where the actual game will be played.