Episode 5: How to Fix the NBA Uni Mess

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In this episode, Chris and Paul discuss the mess that the NBA uniform scene has become, and possible ways to fix it.

Plus they talk about NBA All-Star uniforms, the potential uniform implications of J.J. Watt signing with the Arizona Cardinals, whether all the teams in a given city should wear the same colors, and more.

Here are are photos and links regarding some of the things discussed in this episode, in the rough order that they come up:

  • Chris had the fun of signing a copy of his book about hockey uniforms, Fabric of the Game, at a local bookstore.
  • The NBA All-Star Game will take place this Sunday in Atlanta. The game was originally scheduled to take place in Indiana with Pacers-themed gear — some of which, like this T-shirt, the league has been selling, even though the game location has been changed.
  • From 1997 through 2002, NBA All-Stars wore their regular team uniforms — one conference in white and the other wearing their team colors.
  • If Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald plays another season (he hasn’t committed to that yet), he and newly signed defensive lineman J.J. Watt would both wear the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award jersey patch next season, marking the first time an NFL team has had two Payton patchers on the roster simultaneously.
  • The Yankees’ new memorial patch for Whitey Ford is a simple black circle with white numbering. That’s a common patch format for most teams, but, somewhat incredibly, this is the first time the Yankees have ever used that patch design style.
  • On Feb. 26, the Hawks and Thunder showed up wearing red and orange, respectively — a brutal color combo that caused so much confusion that the Thunder had to change to white uniforms at halftime.
  • Here are the Bulls’ and Trail Blazers’ latest “City Edition” uniforms. Designs like these, which have no visual connection to the teams’ usual uniforms, often leave fans scratching their heads.
  • The Jazz’s popular “red rock” alternate uniforms (which they got to wear for three seasons instead of the usual one) evolved into this season’s “dark mode” design.
  • The Heat’s various “Miami Vice” designs, topped off by this season’s so-bad-it’s-good gradient design, has served as a good alternate identity for the team.
  • Here’s Paul’s article on the Cavaliers’ new creative director, Daniel Arsham, who says he’s looking to appeal to overseas fans who might care more about the NBA as a lifestyle brand than as a sports league.
  • As mentioned at the end of the episode, we now have T-shirts and stickers! You can check those out here.
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