The Pistons’ “flaming horsehead” teal uniform, which the team originally wore on the road from 1996 through 2001, was included in a large batch of leaked 2022-23 designs back in February, leading to widespread expectations that the uniform would be revived as a throwback this fall.
The Pistons made it official tonight (an odd time for a uniform release), announcing that the teal uni will indeed be back in the team’s wardrobe this fall. The NBA schedule hasn’t yet been released — that usually happens sometime in August — so it’s not yet clear when or how often the throwback will be worn.
Like a lot of 1990s NBA uniforms, the teal design looked pretty awful at the time but can now be appreciated as kitsch. It helps that the Pistons’ current uniforms are nothing special, so it’s not like this throwback will be taking exposure away from something classic. In short: Why not?
One detail I’ve always loved about this design: the red/yellow/black trim. Those colors work really well together, and they mesh surprisingly well with the teal. No kitsch appreciation required!