Nike Makes Decisions on Which Uniforms Celtics Wear

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2018

Boston Celtics's Terry Rozier plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Boston Celtics travel and equipment coordinator John Connor offered a glimpse into how NBA uniform combinations are chosen on a game-to-game basis. 

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Connor said NBA uniform provider Nike makes the decisions on color combinations and when they're used: "They changed the tight colors, too. Nike will call out, like, they want green tights with the green uniforms or white tights with green uniforms, black tights on white. They actually script for like 50 percent of the games what everything has to be. It's a lot more restrictive."

Connor added that while players on the team used to be allowed to make a uniform decision on a whim, the NBA now maps it out for them: "The league gives us a master schedule. We put it on the wall and we just give out what's on the wall. We get the schedule and what we're supposed to wear from the league, and it's for the whole year."

Boston has worn different uniforms in each of its past three games, but the change doesn't seem to have much of an impact on the Celtics, as they are 2-1 on their road trip, including a 117-109 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday.


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