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Imagining NBA Teams in Soccer Uniforms (Part II)

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Good morning Uni Watchers! I hope everyone has had a good week. After today’s lede (for those who might choose not to read through), there is an announcement about Father’s Day 2023, so if you’d like to participate in that, please scroll down for news and instrux. Thanks!

Last weekend, I ran the first of two installments (today is Part II) in a series of league-wide “crossover” concepts from Danny Kaufmann, who has imagined NBA teams if they were to wear soccer kits. If you missed that, click here.

As I mentioned in that article, “I struggled with actually running these, but obviously there was a lot of time and effort put into each concept kit, and the advertisers selected seem to make sense for the teams. That’s not an endorsement of the advertiser (and I wish Danny hadn’t included them).” That holds true for these as well. In fact, Danny addressed this in his submission to me:

I was so overjoyed with the response to my MLB Soccer Kit Concepts project that I decided to do the same with the NBA. But first, a note about jersey ads: I am opposed to the prevalence of advertising on sports uniforms (and otherwise) but a key element of this project, like the previous one, was to consider how teams would look in soccer uniforms. Part of that entails working with an undesirable ad just as I would with a logo or color scheme I disliked.

So, with that out of the way, let’s take a look at Danny’s …

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NBA Teams in Soccer Kits, Part II
by Danny Kaufmann

Miami Heat

While I dislike the team name (I don’t think there should be the Heat and Suns, the same goes for the Magic and Wizards), I think they executed it very well. My “Vice” kit was inspired by a similar design I did for Inter Miami, based on the bright lights of South Beach.

Milwaukee Bucks

Since the trim on the Bucks’ City jersey already resembles classic soccer designs, I focused on it for the home kit. Despite being yet another black alternate, I love what the Bucks have done with the antlers so I brought them onto the pitch.

Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota is so well known for its bodies of water that another team honors the state. In this case, the sleeves of the home shirt depict the Mississippi River. I wanted something forest-y for the second design and I sparingly used a gradient for a spooky effect.

New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans set has grown on me but I think the striped center band is their best motif. The wavy stripes resemble pelican wings. Mardi Gras was the obvious choice for the away kit.

New York Knicks

The spiral on the primary kit pays homage to the iconic Madison Square Garden. I have always liked the Knicks’ striped collar, cuff, and side panel design; I turned it into a sash for the change strip.

Oklahoma City Thunder

I don’t necessarily approve of OKC’s name and logo but I love their color scheme (it seems like they brightened the blue when Nike took over). The home kit borrows the terrain pattern from their City jersey. The away kit renders the Sonics arch in current colors.

Orlando Magic

The pinstripes naturally transition to the Magic’s primary uniform. For the away kit, I originally swapped black and blue but I figured a team called the “Magic” needs to stand out more.

Philadelphia 76ers

With the Philadelphia Union donning a vertical chest stripe, I decided to give the Sixers a horizontal one. I reluctantly made their second kit black to match the Boathouse Row nighttime theme.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns seem more aesthetically sure of themselves with their purple-orange-yellow gradient. I did break up the color a bit so it doesn’t blind people like the sun. I’m pleased with what Phoenix did for their city jersey this year so I replicated it for the away kit.

Portland Trailblazers

The Blazers did all of the work for me on their primary kit. I liked the plaid design of their first city jersey but this time, I added monochromatic versions of the pinwheel logo within.

Sacramento Kings

I attended a few March Madness games at the Golden 1 Center and thought it was fantastic so I transposed the zig-zags of the exterior (and the Kings’ questionable City look) onto the home kit. I also recreated the half-half-ish look but moved the checkers to the shoulders, which I thought worked better for a soccer jersey.

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs’ primary kit needs no explanation. The away kit executes the fiesta vibe in a fun but more appropriate manner.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors were tough since I think their current design is just sort of dumb. I reached into the past with the zig-zags and knew I couldn’t outrun black and gold for the away kit. Still, there is an appeal to the simplicity of these.

Utah Jazz

Looking past the issues of the current set, I honored the geological landmarks of Utah with mountains on the home kit and red rocks on the away kit.

Washington Wizards

The refined look of the current Wizards could easily have been a soccer kit all along. The abstract pattern of the secondary kit reminds me of that bizarre, yet delightful (in my opinion) logo from the 2000s.

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Thanks, Danny. This was a really fun set of ideas — these crossover-uni type of concepts can be really clever!



Coming Soon! The Annual Father's Day Special...

Calling All Sons and Daughters (and Grandsons, Granddaughters, Nephews and Nieces)!

Father’s Day is coming soon (June 18), and I’ll once again be posting photos of Uni Watch readers’ “Dads In Uniform,” a tradition that began in 2013 (and has continued every year since then). This is always a very special day, and I’d love for as many readers as possible to participate — especially those of you who haven’t done so before. A few of you have reached out to me saying “I’ve run out of photos of my Dad” (from years’ past), so if you want to resubmit a photo used before, please do so! Because Flickr terminated my account without explanation a few years ago, any photos sent in before 2020 no longer exist on UW, so if you had sent in something before then, feel free to re-send!

To take part in this annual tradition, select one photo of your father (or grandfather or uncle) in uniform (it can be sports, military, work — as long as it’s a uniform) along with a short description of 100 words or less. Then email the photo — again, only one, please — and text to with the subject line “Uni Watch Father’s Day 2023” by WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, midnight Eastern. I’ll run all of the submissions on Father’s Day. Thanks!



Guess the Game from the Uniform

Based on the suggestion of long-time reader/contributor Jimmy Corcoran, we’ve introduced a new “game” on Uni Watch, which is similar to the popular “Guess the Game from the Scoreboard” (GTGFTS), only this one asked readers to identify the game based on the uniforms worn by teams.

Like GTGFTS, readers will be asked to guess the date, location and final score of the game from the clues provided in the photo. Sometimes the game should be somewhat easy to ascertain, while in other instances, it might be quite difficult. There will usually be a visual clue (something odd or unique to one or both of the uniforms) that will make a positive identification of one and only one game possible. Other times, there may be something significant about the game in question, like the last time a particular uniform was ever worn (one of Jimmy’s original suggestions). It’s up to YOU to figure out the game and date.

Today’s GTGFTU comes from Chris Hickey.

Good luck and please post your guess/answer in the comments below.



Guess the Game from the Scoreboard

Guess The Game…

…From The Scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from Stathis Kontolefas.

The premise of the game (GTGFTS) is simple: I’ll post a scoreboard and you guys simply identify the game depicted. In the past, I don’t know if I’ve ever completely stumped you (some are easier than others).

Here’s the Scoreboard. In the comments below, try to identify the game (date & location, as well as final score). If anything noteworthy occurred during the game, please add that in (and if you were AT the game, well bonus points for you!):

Please continue sending these in! You’re welcome to send me any scoreboard photos (with answers please), and I’ll keep running them.



Uni Tweet of the Day

A perfect example of a team “Getting it right the first time.”


And finally...

…that’s going to do it for today. Big thanks to Danny for sharing his crossover NBA/MLS concepts!

Don’t forget to get those Father’s Day photos and writeups in to me.

Everyone have a great Saturday and I’ll catch you all back here tomorrow morning.



Comments (12)

    The GTGFTU is February 21, 2016 Stadium Series game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Wild won 6 – 1.

    That’s the game, Mike!
    Some may wish for the Wild to switch over to the old NorthStars color scheme, but these did the trick for me.
    It was cool coming across a photo that featured the ‘hawks uniform from that game which obscured the problematic imagery and showcased those awesome over-sized ‘Chicago’ stripes…too bad the breezers didn’t have those too.

    The GTGFTS is the April 25, 1962 baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Colt .45s at Colts Stadium in Houston. The Cardinals won 4 – 3. Here in the top of the 4th inning, Curt Flood of the Cardinals is about to hit a 2-run home run to put the cardinals ahead 4 – 0.

    Great conclusion to the NBA soccer reimagined series. Love how it worked in several makers, like Kappa, Castore, Hummel, Puma, Macron, Umbro, and Joma. Probably only missing a few, like Le Coq Sportif, Mizuno, New Balance, and Jako.

    Line I said after last week’s part 1…” I hate uniform ads, but it’s completely appropriate for them with this NBA/Soccer exercise by Danny, since soccer uniforms are more about the advertiser than the team. I like that he used the current uniform advertiser that the teams have.” Also, like last week, it looks odd when a team doesn’t have an advertiser, but keeping with this exercise Danny correctly doesn’t use an advertiser is a team doesn’t currently have a uniform advertiser. Great job!

    Great job, Danny! And best of all, my Sixers had no kit sponsor, which is hopefully the start of a trend…

    I am a huge fan of the MSG motif on the Knicks primary kit. I read what it was IMMEDIATELY, and its something that would actually work on a kit. Bravo on the whole series…I enjoyed it!

    Great series, these designs absolutely work for me. Much better than most real soccer team uniforms, especially those in the MLS, Ligue 1 and 2 or any of the leagues in Belgium. They will look great with long sleeves as well.

    I liked the last installment, and I like this installment too. These are all really well done, really on-brand for each team, and they look nice. This is probably the best weekend feature I can remember. Congratulations to you, Danny Kaufmann.

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