Breaking Down the Miami Heat '90s Throwback Jerseys

Sean Hojnacki@@TheRealHojnackiFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2013

Alonzo Mourning in 1999.
Alonzo Mourning in 1999.Donald Miralle/Getty Images

The Miami Heat announced on their Twitter account Friday morning that they will be wearing their Hardwood Classics throwbacks from the '90s for their night game against the Indiana Pacers.

Miami HEAT @MiamiHEAT

New jerseys 2night! http://t.co/6FbNTIhd Watch the HEAT in their Hardwood Classics as they play the Pacers. Game at 7 on @SunSportsHEAT.

Even though Indy is a stellar 17-3 this season at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, they really don't stand a chance against the Heat in these uniforms. 

The Phoenix Suns sported their black throwbacks from the '90s on Wednesday night against the L.A. Lakers.

And what happened? The Suns, who came into that game tied for last place in the West, pulled out a crucial 92-86 victory.

They outscored the Lakers 29-13 in the fourth quarter en route to a thrilling come-from-behind win.

It must've been the throwbacks. 

The Heat probably won't need to come from behind against the Pacers. It could be a total blowout because of these dazzling retro red alternates from 1995-96. 

In Miami's victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, the game was tied at halftime. Then Miami flipped the switch and outscored Brooklyn 36-14 in the third quarter, turning the game into a laugher with over 15 minutes still left to play.

I guess LeBron James didn't appreciate Brooklyn's Reggie Evans saying that the Heat's 2012 title "doesn’t prove nothing. That was a lockout season" (per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News). 

Or maybe he couldn't hear Evans because his championship ring was making too much noise (a la Mike Ditka in Kicking and Screaming).

It's great to see the retro movement going on around the NBA. The jerseys from the '90s look fantastic, and Udonis Haslem would fit right in on those '90s Heat teams.

Miami is slated to sport these jerseys again on Feb. 8, 14, 20 and 21. All games, including Friday's tilt, will be nationally televised on ESPN or TNT (per the Sun Sentinel).

Other teams scheduled to participate in the league's Hardwood Classics Nights program include the Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings.

Conveniently, the Heat have also made the jerseys available for purchase from their online store. They announced it on their Instagram account and received 10,000 likes in a few hours.

The sweet throwbacks should help distract from the Phil Mickelson-esque comments made by LeBron on Friday (per Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com):

I don't think my value on the floor can really be compensated for, anyways, because of the [CBA]…I have not had a full max deal yet in my career—that's a story untold. I don't get [the credit] for it. That doesn't matter to me; playing the game is what matters to me. Financially, I'll sacrifice for the team.

Ah, you see, I thought that the sacrifice was not due to the collective bargaining agreement being unfair or LeBron's selflessness for the sake of the team, but rather his desire to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The Big Three have had two seasons together and two trips to the NBA Finals. So far, they appear ready to punch their ticket for a third consecutive trip.

And these throwbacks could be just the ticket to help them go back-to-back.


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