Grading the Golden State Warriors' Revolutionary New Uniforms

Dan Favale@@danfavaleFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2013

If bold is what the Golden State Warriors were aiming for in their new alternate jerseys, then mission accomplished. 

Per Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group, Adidas pitched the Warriors on a new look and the team was instantly sold:

About 10 minutes into Adidas' pitch about an innovative new uniform with sleeves, Warriors' co-owner Peter Guber had seen enough.

"I went 'Wow!' " Guber said of the August 2011 meeting. "It was a very profound change. And I think Adidas presenting it to us and giving us the option to be the first one to do this demonstrates our willingness to be inventive."

On Monday, the Warriors will unveil their yellow, alternate uniforms. They will be the first team in the modern NBA era to play in something other than a tank top.

The Warriors will debut the new unis for their Feb. 22 home game against the San Antonio Spurs, which is being aired on ESPN. They will also wear them March 8 vs. Houston and March 15 vs. Chicago.

To say Golden State's new uniforms are audacious would be an understatement. No team in the NBA has ever been seen sporting sleeves, but the Warriors will now be the exception.

Thompson goes on to write that Adidas hopes the new look will be a growing trend in the NBA before long. But are these uniforms good enough to make that leap?

Let's decide.

Color: C-

Yellow isn't a color the Warriors are foreign to, and that's a good thing, because there's plenty of it to go around in this one.

Though I wouldn't go so far as to call the color overwhelming, a bit more variety would have done the jersey more justice. There simply isn't enough blue.

The color combination around the neck could also use a bit of tweaking. I understand the desire to distinguish the neck line when using the tank-top format, but what gives here? If they are truly going for a different design, Golden State should have gone with either a solid blue or continued with their yellow takeover. 

As always, the placement of the Bay Bridge is phenomenal, but again, using blue to make it more visible to the naked eye would have been the better route. 

The same can be said of the pinstripes that stretch down from the jersey to the shorts. Too much white and not enough blue. I wouldn't even have done pinstripes at all. Just some solid blue would have sufficed.

All in all, the color isn't atrocious. If asked to sum it up in just two words I would simply say: More blue.

Lettering and Numbering: C

Perhaps I fear change, but I'm a fan of tangled jersey numbers and lettering, not ones simply embedded in the uniform itself. 

The lettering here appears to be just ironed on as opposed to sewn, stitched or anything along those lines.

Truthfully, the style of the numbers and lettering isn't too shabby. It's big, bold, simple and blue, but it's how they are placed on there that's not impressive. 

In terms of functionality, I get it. They're obviously lighter when put on this way, but I find myself nostalgic over the way it used to be already. 

If this was a necessary change, then a crazier font or something more stylistic would have been appreciated.

Fashion: B

Don't you hate having to put your jersey on over a number of other shirts?

The great thing about this new t-shirt look is you don't necessarily have to layer the way you used to. This new style allows players to sport just the jersey while protecting their shoulders from the elements.

It's compression-like nature also makes them look ripped. If Rob Gronkowski actually wore shirts, I'm pretty sure he would be into it.

The v-neck line is still very much alive in this one, so it won't hide any unsightly tattoos you had inked near your throat, but hey, basketball jerseys never do.

Plus, did I mention it has sleeves?

Function: A

This "revolutionary" new uniform appears to have all the fixings for the modern day athlete.

According to Thompson, they're not only significantly lighter, but promote those awe-inspired movements we have become so accustomed to:

The uniforms are 26 percent lighter than their traditional counterparts, which Adidas said its research revealed was most important to players. They come with the ever-popular moisture-absorbing feature. The sleeves are made with stretch fabric that wraps 360 degrees around the shoulder to ensure full range of motion, because anyone who has played basketball knows how a T-shirt's sleeve can interfere with a jumper.

The shorts -- which have pinstripes inspired by the Bay Bridge -- have been modernized, too. The stretch woven fabric, pricked with thousands of holes, make the bottoms as lightweight and airy as ever.

When running the floor or flying through the air, lighter is better. The form-fitting nature of the material should allow Golden State's players to incur less resistance in both scenarios.

Though the shorts don't appear as compression-like as the shirts, the fact that they're lighter is enough to sell me on their function.

Other sports like football and soccer, among others, have already embraced what compression material can help do for its players and it seems the NBA—or at least Golden State—is finally on board with it as well.

Environmental Friendliness: A

Via Thompson, we learned that the uniforms are made using 60-percent recycled material.

If you think about it, it's only fitting that the NBA goes green. They're paying their players plenty of green already, so why not?

Just think, the next time you discard that pizza box or crushed beer can, among other things, you could be contributing to the Association's new look.

Kudos to Adidas and the Warriors for trying to protect the Ozone.

Swagger: B-

Nothing says swagger like being the only team in the NBA wearing essential t-shirts.

Golden State's particular design could have benefited from some fashionable modifications, but swagger is all about being free from what is considered the social norm. In the NBA, it doesn't get much more unconventional than these bad boys.

I would also like to point out that they altered the overall blueprint of the jersey without getting rid of that revealing neckline. Some may still consider that too revealing, yet that v-like crease is the perfect spot for some bling to rest off the court. 

Should this catch on, remember that it was the Warriors that gave you sleeves. Sure, they also gave you a tan from all that radiating yellow, but who cares?

Final Grade: B

I continue to marvel at Adidas and Golden State's use of yellow here—in a bad way.

That said, it's hard to argue with the functionality of the design and impossible to refute the innovative nature of this uniform's existence. If they're going to help some of the world's best athletes move better and fly through the air more, then it's tough not to support these at least somewhat.

Again, we're blinded by yellow here, but this could potentially be a huge step for the NBA in general. This could eventually become the new alternate, perhaps even the new norm for jerseys. 

Improvements need to be made from a fashion standpoint, but the Warriors may have the schematics for something special here.

As long as they serve a tactical purpose, then we should be willing to overlook the hideous color scheme. 


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