One winter all-star game down, two to go. The NBA All-Star Game package was unveiled yesterday, and the big news is that the league has finally succumbed to logo creep. The Adidas logo has been stamped on the shorts, marking the first time that a manufacturer’s logo has appeared on an NBA game uni. A league spokesperson assured me yesterday that there are no plans for the logo to appear on regular season uniforms, but this isn’t a good sign, especially since Adidas also put their ubiquitous triple-stripe design on the sides of the All-Star Game shorts and jerseys, plus they’ve got their logo on the headbands and wristbands, effectively making this the Adidas All-Star Game.
Such branding shenanigans notwithstanding, I think the uniforms look pretty good, especially by past All-Star Game standards. This year’s game is being played in Las Vegas, so there was major potential for excess, but they went with a cool retro logo for the game and relatively restrained designs for the jerseys — I like. Even that fliterring-diamond stardust pattern on the side panels works surprisingly well. The only downer is the rear view — I’m not a fan of the two-tone effect, or of players wearing anything on their ass, and putting player names below the uni numbers has “because we can” written all over it — but it’s not a crippling blow.
The warm-up jackets look pretty solid, too. Much like last year, they’re using sleeve patches to chart each player’s past All-Star Game appearances, this time with a Vegas-inspired playing card motif (here’s the East version) — not bad.
Raffle Winner: I’m happy to announce that Matt Fitzpatrick of Brookline, Mass., is our raffle winner for the NHL All-Star jersey. Major thanks to all who entered, and for all the kind words about the site that many of you sent along. More raffles to come in the weeks and months ahead.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Richard Grossman says he was “almost blinded” by Josh Smith’s gold sneakers when he attended Wednesday night’s Celtics/Hawks game. “The entire game, instead of getting mad at the Celtics for blowing a lead, my only other thoughts were on those shoes,” he writes. “Thanks for getting me thinking more aesthetically at a sports event.” … Amusing logo creep cartoon here (with thanks to Gordie Fall). … Fantastic article here about the guy who paints Michigan’s helmets (with extra-special thanks to Chad Klenk, who had to grit his teeth to send an article about his beloved OSU’s arch rivals). … Reprinted from yesterday’s comments: Andy Roddick began his Australian Open semifinal match against Roger Federer wearing a white shirt, but then he changed into a black shirt midway through the third set (not that it helped any). … Food for thought from Phil Morris, who writes: “You know darn well that the NHL will have the Sabres wear Stanley Cup patches on their jerseys if they make it to the finals. Where will the captains and alternate capt’s wear these patches? Both the right and left upper chest areas are occupied on the current jerseys, and the shoulders have the ‘pierced B’ logo.” … Logo Creep Alert from Zach Hilpert, who came across this notebook at the William & Mary bookstore. “These notebooks are not performance-enhanced,” he writes. “They hold the same amount of sheets as the generic versions, and ‘college ruled’ means the same no matter which you tablet you purchase. The big difference is, for the privilege of shilling for Nike, you get to pay almost twice as much as for, say, the standard Mead/Five Star brand.” … Another table tennis player with atypical attire: Biba Golic (as spotted by Peter Rayno).