It seems the Grinch decided to grab ahold of the NBA's Christmas Day jerseys in an attempt to ruin our holiday season early this year.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:47 p.m. ET by Dan Favale
Uni Watch's Phil Hecken provided us with a glimpse of the Los Angeles Clippers' Christmas Jerseys:
Anyone else thinking that's what a sunburned Smurf would look like?
After your eyes recover from all the blue, there's a shot of Derrick Rose modeling the Bulls' garbs you need to see:
He sure looks good. Better than he has on the court, anyway.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:16 p.m. ET by Joe Flynn
The Christmas uniforms are official:
May God, baby Jesus and Santa have mercy on us all!
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The above photo surfaced on Reddit and was snagged via imgur.com, and it appears to show the Christmas uniforms for the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Something interesting to note here: The Celtics don't play on Christmas Day. If you're like me, then you're pleading with the basketball gods for this to be some sort of gimmick or sick joke. These short-sleeved jerseys look like warm-up shirts, not something that should be worn during the game.
While it's still unclear if these are, in fact, what players will be wearing on Dec. 25, SportsNet New York's Brian Erni, writing specifically about Brooklyn, believes they are:
This is a picture from an eBay listing. It seems to jibe with the previous reports we’ve heard about: sleeves, with the player’s number on the left sleeve. Also, I had heard from a source that the front of the jersey would feature an enlarged logo, not a wordmark like I originally suspected.
I cannot confirm this is the real deal, but I’d put money on it. The tagging looks legit, the seller has a ton of other licensed products for sale, and jerseys often leak through retailers, both on eBay and not. It’s only an educated guess right now, but I think you’re looking at the Nets Christmas jersey.
Can he please be wrong? Or should I start missing last year's Christmas-themed outfits now?
Personally, I've got nothing against the sleeved uniforms. Some of them are quite fascinating and I like the idea of more form-fitting garb, if only because it decreases the likelihood of Kevin Garnett pulling opposing players out of bounds.
On the bright side, the logos on these shirts—excuse me, uniforms—are prominently placed and aesthetically pleasing. Those same emblems aren't always as conspicuous on the normal jerseys.
Boston's Lucky the Leprechaun looks like something out of a comic book when enlarged to his current size. The Thunder's logo could pass for a superhero's calling card as well, while Chicago's and Miami's seem ordinary, yet visually appealing nonetheless.
Brooklyn's logo remains boring, but that's not the jersey's fault. Its team symbol, unlike the mascot, BrooklyKnight, has always been plain and uninteresting.
Anyhow, I know you're anxiously awaiting the date this game-day attire hits stores. That is, if that's what they are. For all we know, this could be a clever ruse, borne out of commissioner David Stern's peculiar and unknown sense of humor.
Or what we see could be what we'll get, in which case I recommend you break the bank on a more sensible investment.
Like marketing alternative Christmas jerseys for NBA players to wear, for instance.