Jerseys, jerseys everywhere.
The NBA has been awash in jersey news in this 2013-14 season, whether it be sleeved jerseys, Christmas jerseys (with sleeves), nickname jerseys for the Nets and Heat, or All-Star jerseys, courtesy of Slam Magazine (again, with sleeves).
Some new jersey news—never to be confused with "New Jersey news"—broke on Friday. Paul Lukas of the website Uni-Watch broke some exclusive news about the future jersey designs of the Brooklyn Nets and soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets. Click on the link for a mock-up of the designs.
According to Lukas, the Nets' jersey design combines the black-and-white color scheme that they've used since moving to Brooklyn with the old stars and stripes pattern from the days of Julius Erving and the ABA.
As for Charlotte, the new Hornets designs lack the pinstripes of the original Hornets' duds. But they do contain the purple, teal and white color scheme that was made popular by the likes of Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning.
Lukas does provide the following caveat: "While I trust my source in terms of what he saw, it’s not clear whether these are final designs, prototypes, or something else."
So will the jerseys really find their way into the Brooklyn and Charlotte locker rooms? This breaking news comes on the heels of the Charlotte organization unveiling shirts, hats and gear with the new Hornets logo, according to Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver.
After the unveiling of the Hornet logo in December, Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield stressed the importance of maintaining ties to the old Hornets while pushing the design forward. Per NBA.com, Whitfield said, “We recognize the heritage behind the original logo and our goal was to connect to the past but also include elements of an evolution."
The team is fully immersed in a massive re-branding campaign, so the new uniforms may in fact be the real deal.
But what about the Nets? Their current black-and-white uniforms still seem popular, and the old red-white-and-blue ABA uniforms are iconic. Combining two good jerseys designs doesn't necessarily make a better jersey.