Playing "Sick or Sickening" with Denver Nuggets' Yellow Alternate Uniforms

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 15:  Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets controls the ball against the Miami Heat at the Pepsi Center on November 15, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Heat defeated the Nuggets 98-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Some of the biggest news, as far as team uniforms go, in the offseason was that the Denver Nuggets would be going back to a variation of their old-school rainbow mountain jerseys, and I was obviously excited.

The old-school Alex English beauties are some of the greatest uniforms of all time, and the fact that they are back in the NBA is nothing short of exciting.

Of course, they aren't exactly the same as the old rainbow mountain jerseys they used back in the days of English. They're a bit, uh, yellower.

That's definitely not a bad thing, but something I've noticed over the first month of the season is that's not exactly a good thing all the time either.

Somehow, these Nuggets jerseys are able to look good on some players, terrible on other players or completely flip-flop in the very next game. They're uniforms with personalities of their own, and it seems impossible to predict.

The only way to really know is to turn on the television, take a look at what they've got going on that day and give a knee-jerk reaction.

In a way, that's extremely representative of the team they've got put together. They're very good one day, scoring, running well and playing some defense, and the next day they're scoring 93 points and shooting flat jump shots.

So, I suppose it's time to play America's most unknown game show; "Sick or Sickening."

Let's start basic. Let's first take a look at the Nuggets before the season started. More specifically, let's take a gander at Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried:

Now, I'm of the belief that Kenneth Faried is constantly the coolest guy in Denver, so whatever he puts on is going to make him look like a consummate-cool guy.

However, standing there, holding a few pickaxes, wearing this field of yellow with a rainbow mountain in the background, these uniforms are certainly awesome.

Even Ty Lawson standing nigh to a dwarf's beard looks like a certified bad ass.That's why, initially, I had to give these puppies an emphatic "Sick!"

Now let's take a look at the other side of the coin. Here we've got Kosta Koufos:

Kosta Koufos, ever since he came onto the scene at Ohio State, has had to work his butt off to look cool, and even when he was working hard, he only got to that level once or twice a month.

That's why he's the easiest example of finding these jerseys quite "Sickening."

What remains intriguing to me, however, is the fact that these jerseys are capable of vacillating between both sick and sickening, not just due to who is wearing them, but the camera angle involved.

Just check out this clip:

When the camera is zoomed out, taking in all of the action, there's nothing special about the jerseys. They look about like Marquette's yellow and blue jerseys, and I've never been enthralled by their uniforms.

However, once the camera zooms in on JaVale McGee, Faried and Andre Iguodala, they instantly look cooler, fresher and crisper. They're "Sick!"

I think it's just a matter of taste in whether you like these or not, and seeing them in action, it takes a minute or two to really figure it all out.

However, once you really get a good look at them and see them on everybody and from all angles, it starts to clear up.

There are plenty of times when I'll look at these jerseys and see them as ugly splashes of color strewn about the front of a uniform.

However, once you get a full look at them, it's clear that these jerseys are legitimately sick.