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Good morning, and happy Presidents Day! When this season’s NBA All-Star uniforms were unveiled a few weeks ago, the overwhelming consensus was that the designs were drab, unimaginative, and bad. When the game finally took place last night, we learned that most of those early assessments were correct — the uniforms were indeed unimaginative and bad.
As you can see in the photo above, however, they were not drab. On the contrary, the unis were shiny and glitzy. That was a surprise, because the league’s unveiling photos didn’t show any glitz at all. Compare the photo above to this shot from the unveiling:
In the unveiling shot, the grey uni looks, well, grey. But on the court, it was closer to a true silver or chrome. Even the red uni had a bit of a metallic sheen. Here are some additional shots:
I want to be clear about this: The sheen didn’t change the fact that these were very bad, very uncreative All-Star designs. If anything, this just adds another layer of dysfunction to what was already a woeful package, because they didn’t even promote their own event by representing the uniforms properly. Bizarre.
A few other notes from last night’s game:
• Warriors guard Steph Curry seemed to have something sewn into his jersey. Not sure if it was a tracker, something microphone-related, or what:
• Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo wore a pregame jacket with his family’s original surname on the back:
• The league’s all-time 75th-anniversary team honorees were introduced at halftime while wearing blazers with the league’s anniversary logo:
Thankfully, this concludes the annual winter All-Star season. We now get a break until this summer, when we’ll no doubt be disappointed by whatever MLB has in store for us.
(My thanks to @4031Sports and @Redsunhero for their contributions.)
Pops and Cobra talk uniforms: On Oct. 25, 1979 — eight days after the conclusion of the World Series — Pirates stars Willie Stargell and Dave Parker appeared on NBC’s The Tomorrow Show. Starting at the 2:15 mark, they spend about two minutes talking about the team’s uniforms, and then Stargell discusses his Stargell Stars at the 21:35 mark. Priceless stuff.
(Big thanks to our own Jerry Wolper for this one.)
Baseball News: This is fun: a set of Kaiju-themed baseball playing cards (from Will Scheibler). … Teams don’t often unveil a new uni by having the manager wear it, but that’s what UNC did with their new Carolina blue alternate, which was modeled by skipper Scott Forbes (from James Gilbert). … More MLB spring training caps have surfaced, this time for the Cubs and White Sox (from Kyle Sasala). … New alternate uniforms for Japan’s Chiba Lotte Marines, marking the 30th anniversary of the team’s move to Chiba (from Jeremy Brahm).
Football News: Love this 1970s Giants letterhead with the disco “NY” logo (from Alan Tompas). … I had no idea that Nebraska and Hawaii went red vs. green in 1978 (from @coachmays). … A Washington Post poll has found that about half of DC residents don’t like the Commies’ name.
Hockey News: The Canadiens will wear Black History Month pregame jerseys tonight (from Wade Heidt). … Also from Wade: The WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders wore mid-1990s throwbacks on Saturday night. “This wasn’t the throwback that they originally planned to wear,” says Wade. “That one was pulled after negative public feedback on the design’s stereotyped Arab mascot character.” … Some good uni photos in this Emile Francis obit, along with some info on how Francis helped to create the modern goalie’s catching glove (thanks, Jerry).
Soccer News: All of the items in this section are from Kary Klismet: Adidas has finally supplied Brazilian side Flamengo with authentic jerseys after the club spent the last four years wearing replica versions on the pitch. … Here’s an overview of Arsenal’s uniforms from 1886 to today. … New kits for Irish side Wexford FC and Argentine side Quilmes. … 110th-anniversary kits for Italian Serie B club U.S. Alessandria.
Grab Bag: The Smithsonian has a good collection of winter sports gear, including Sonja Henie’s skates, a Shaun White snowboard, and a lot more (from Max Weintraub). … New helmets for F1 drivers Alex Albon of Williams and Mick Schumacher of Haas (from Kary Klismet). … New Mardi Gras-themed leotards for LSU gymnastics. … Interesting article on a Japanese shoemaker who made shoes and skates for many of the country’s winter Olympians (from Jeremy Brahm).