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WNBA Unveils Awesome All-Star Game Uniforms

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Good Wednesday morning, Uni Watchers! For a good number of our American readers, this is your Friday, since many of you will be off for Independence Day, and, as is increasingly the American way, turning it into a four-day weekend by taking Friday off. Uni Watch will be open tomorrow through the end of the weekend although Friday may not have any breaking uni coverage … I’ll explain at the end.

I know a majority of you probably don’t follow the WNBA, or women’s sports in general, although I’m hoping we continue our increased coverage of that as we go forward. And while the WNBA does feature large uni ads, by and large, the uniforms of the league as a whole are quite good. And sometimes the league even breaks out specialty uniforms (which do get coverage on here).

But when it comes to All-Star game uniforms, the league hasn’t necessarily taken many risks with bold or cutting-edge designs. Now, there’s nothing wrong with orange vs. black, as was the case last year, but this year the league has really stepped up their ASG kits. The WNBA’s 20th All-Star Game takes place in Phoenix on Saturday, July 20th.

But last year’s uniforms did set the stage in two ways: 1) it was the first time the “Jumpman” logo had appeared on a WNBA uniform, and 2) those ASG uniforms sought to establish the WNBA’s “signature orange hue.”

For 2024, the Jordan logo will return, but rather than going with solid colors, this year features two different uniforms, with one to be worn in each half. Let’s take a look at the jerseys first.

Here are some closer looks:

The orange-pink gradient jersey (“white”) will be worn during the first half of the game. Players will return to the dressing room and will sport the black jersey — shown on the left above — for the second half. The shorts are even bolder with their color schemes.

The shorts to be paired with the black jersey feature a solid black top in a wavy pattern, with an orange-pink-purple-blue gradient going down to the hem. A black stripe runs around the hem of the shorts.

The shorts to be worn with the white jersey have a similar wavy pattern, but with the orange-pink-purple-gradient at the top, with solid white going down to the hem. One leg will have an orange gradient stripe at the hem, while the other leg will have a blue gradient.

Put together, here’s a look at the two uniforms with shorts.

Lest you think the black jersey/shorts combo is bland apart from the bottom of the shorts, a look at the jersey back tells a different story.

As you can see, the shoulders feature the same bold orange-pink gradient as seen on the bottom of the shorts. Each jersey will feature a star beneath the shoulders, numbers will be in white with tiny pinholes (to reduce the weight?), along with player NOB beneath the number. The star shown on the back features the number of All-Star appearances the player has made to date.

The back of the white jersey features a similar pattern as the black, with the block of white color at the top, and the orange-pink gradient down below. Numbers and player NOB will be in black.

The waistband of both shorts will feature “AS” and “24” with a star between.

Here’s a closer look:

There are a couple Easter eggs hidden in and near the jock tag as well — just above the size tag reads “WNBA All-Star Edition 2024” alongside 20 stars, a nod to the league’s 20th All-Star Game. A smaller tab under the size label in orange is adorned with “1 / 144” to highlight the extremely competitive and select 144 roster slots that make up the league’s total player pool.

Very cool!

Now — you may be wondering “why are the All-Stars wearing two different uniforms? Also, won’t there be two different teams of All-Stars, so where are the other uniforms?”

The league is actually doing something cool there too — the game will also include a unique format for just the second time. Instead of two sets of All-Stars forming teams and playing against one another, the All-Star Game will feature the full USA Basketball Women’s National Team roster against a dozen WNBA players also selected as All-Stars. The last time the WNBA used this format was for the 2021 All-Star Game, just ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The “Team USA” vs. “Team WNBA” format will have the national team wearing their white uniforms against the WNBA All-Stars, who will don the gradient-fading orange and pink uniforms during the first half before switching to the black All-Star uniforms for the second half.

All-Star voting features a combination of input from fans (50%), current WNBA players (25%) and media members (25%). The top 10 vote-getters will automatically be named to the All-Star Game, with those players not already on the 5-on-5 Olympic roster assigned to Team WNBA. The 12 WNBA head coaches will pick from the next 36 highest vote-getters to fill the spots left on the 12-player All-Star roster.

Like 2021, the WNBA is holding its All-Star Game just ahead of the Olympics, so both squads (those named to the Olympic team and those who are “just” All-Stars) will be playing for more than pride. In 2021, Team WNBA defeated Team USA 93-85 in Las Vegas. Considering the U.S. women’s national team will be competing for an eighth consecutive gold medal at the Paris Olympic Games beginning at the end of July, it should feature strong play and not be what has basically become a complete joke with the NBA All-Star Game.

The 2024 WNBA All-Star Game will be played Saturday, July 20 (8:30 p.m. ET, on ABC) and a skills challenge and a 3-point contest will take place July 19 (6 p.m. ET, ESPN). I plan on watching.

But the uniforms are what stand out to me. What do you guys think?



Guess the Game from the Scoreboard

Guess The Game…

…From The Scoreboard

Today’s scoreboard comes from John Chapman.

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 and 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.



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 Ward Christopher.

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



And finally...

…that’s it for the early lede. I should have at least one (and likely two) more posts this morning, as well as Anthony’s Ticker.

I’m playing in (and working, since it’s my home club) a Bonspiel from July 4 through 7, and I’m part of the “Ice Crew” for the tourney, so I’ll be heading over to the club early this afternoon to begin the set up. So, if there’s any breaking news today, unfortunately it’s going to have to wait (or be part of Friday’s Ticker). Tomorrow, of course, is the Fourth of July, aka “Independence Day” in the States. We’ll be open and I should have a couple posts. We’ll also be open Friday; there will be content for sure, but since I’ll be at the curling rink for most of the day, I’m not sure how timely it will be. But I’m also guessing more than a few of you will be enjoying this afternoon/evening and the following days off (if so, good for you!).

Everyone have a good Wednesday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for America’s Birthday.



Comments (17)

    I always smile when UW says they will be “open” on a particular day, as if it’s a store that people visit :)

    The WNBA ASG unis are well thought out! Nice designs. If I am understanding the game concept, the Olympic team will be getting a good contest to prep for France! Just hope other leagues don’t take the idea of wearing 2 unis in a game and producing even more schlock for merch dumps.

    LOVE those AS sets! Will absolutely buy the shorts if sold in big boy sizes.

    Speaking of ASG uniforms, when was the last time that MLB has had no leaks nor any reveals of anything 2 weeks before the game? Have I missed something somewhere? I have not even seen anyone talking about the MLB ASG or Workout Day uniforms.

    I haven’t seen any leaks anywhere, but frankly this might be a good thing.

    After seeing the colors of the ASG caps (link), I’m kind of afraid of how the ASG unis will look. Coral/salmon and cream and Columbia blue and black (or midnight blue)? I’m gonna guess it’ll be cream for one base color and midnight navy (black?) for the other, with the coral and Columbia being accents. Hope I’m wrong.

    Men’s professional leagues, please take note: THIS IS HOW YOU DO AN ALL-STAR UNIFORM. Eye-catching, well-designed, and a costume change at halftime. Acknowledges the show-business aspect of the event. A grand slam!

    A bonspiel in July? Phil, let me give you some hard-earned advice. NOTHING can prepare you for the hot parking lot after rigorous activity in a cold environment. Your energy level will flatline. Make sure you find a place to sit down.

    These All-Star unis are great! An excellent example of what good modern uniform design can look like.

    GTGFTSB: I know which game it is, but is there anything notable about it?

    I really enjoy both uni sets, the color gradient fits in well with the valley/desert sunset theme that PHX often utilizes.

    Last Team USA vs All Stars game was entertaining and I expect this one to be just as well. Arike went off for the All Stars after being snubbed from the Olympics then and I fully expect her to do the same this year.

    GTGFTSB: The date is on the picture 6/2/2014. Kershaw’s first home win of the season. Future AL Rookie of the year Jose Abreu hit a home run, also featured 6 Cuban born players in the series.

    The date is shown on the scoreboard (6/2/14) – White Sox at Dodgers
    Dodgers won 5-2, all 5 Dodger runs were unearned and came across in the bottom of the 6th.
    Jose Abreu (2014 ROY) hit a 2R HR off Kershaw, probably his first meeting w/ Puig (both from Cuba).

    Willie McGee “looks like he doesn’t have a friend in the world. Meanwhile, all the world is his friend.” (-Jack Buck, but not from that game).

    Those WNBA jerseys might be the best use of a gradient I’ve seen in sports uniforms. Generally I think gradients look terrible on uniforms, but in an All-Star game it’s expected to be a little gaudy, and the vertical axis works much better than the horizontal attempts we usually see.

    These are phenomenal, especially the “white” ones. I was actually just talking to someone a few days ago about how much I like orange-to-pink gradients. (This one is maybe a little more purple than pink, but the general concept still applies.)

    And with the league and media pumping up the Clark/Reese angle at every opportunity (not that I blame them), these unis might get more eyes on them than their predecessors.

    Color gradients which are trendy but I do not like at all (it looks so glitzy and cheap) so it is a thumbs down for me. What is wrong with solid color blocking? Why do we all have to look like circus or carnival artists? The one thing I do like are the stars on the back of the jersey.

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