The San Antonio Spurs released photos of Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard wearing a new alternate uniform that will be used for the 2012-13 season.
The Spurs have never been known as a flashy franchise, and this is certainly reflected in the style of their new duds.
The all-grey alternates are extremely simple, featuring a significant amount of empty space. The team opted to use a simplified version of the logo that features just the “U” that looks like a spur, instead of the full emblem that includes the team name.
This creates a different look for the uniform, as Spurs sports & entertainment president of business operations Rich Pych said via NBA.com:
The new design simply features our iconic “spur” logo and it is positioned over the heart as it has such enormously deep roots with our team, fans and the entire community. It’s the first-ever NBA jersey logo without any writing or peripheral design on the front of the jersey and we’re very glad to be introducing this new use of the classic icon of the Spurs to our fans.
The post also notes that the team will wear the new uniforms at the home opener against its Western Conference Finals opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The shorts stick with the theme of the simplified look, as they are all grey with black stripes down the side and the letters “SA” subtly featured on the left leg.
The uniform accomplishes what the Spurs are going for with the new look; the jerseys have a modern feel that is noticeably different from any other uniform in the league.
But the alternate shirts achieve the goal of setting the franchise apart without being flashy—which certainly is keeping with the character of the team.
Even though the Spurs’ roster may be aging, the uniforms have a new and fresh look that may very well be copied by other teams around the NBA.