City Edition uniforms: New looks for 2018-19

NBA.com Global on Nov 02, 2018 07:32 AM
City Edition uniforms: New looks for 2018-19
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Across the NBA, the City Edition uniforms for the 2018-19 season are coming into view for fans. Some are updates of what teams wore a season ago, while others are a completely new look. Here's what teams will be sporting on City Edition nights this season ...

DENVER NUGGETS

Denver opted to throw back to the uniforms the team wore from 1981-82 to 1992-93, famous for their "rainbow skyline" popularized by the teams of Alex English, Fat Lever and other early 1980s Nuggets icons.

Here's more from the Nuggets on the uniforms:

In 2018-19, the current update of the City Edition uniform was a joint project between the Denver Nuggets and NIKE. The new design is meant to honor the classic design while modernizing it to fit the Mile High City’s advancement, evolution and modernization that is taking place in the present era.

The return of the Rainbow Skyline uniforms marks 25 years since the design was originally retired as the team’s main uniforms. The last time the Nuggets team wore the classic version of the uniform was for a one-night-only special event during Dikembe Mutombo’s jersey retirement ceremony on Oct. 29. 2016.

Per the Nuggets, the team will wear the City Edition uniforms seven times this season, with the first game coming on Nov. 13.

DETROIT PISTONS

The Pistons will once again sport the "Motor City" look that has been in their uniform mix for several seasons. However, there are some changes to the colors in the uniform -- specifically some bold, highway-like striping down the middle of the jersey. In addition, the City Edition uniforms have a black base with gray accents.

Here's more from the Pistons' news release on the new looks:

The Detroit Pistons City Edition uniform ties into the culture of Detroit and offers Pistons fans a limited-edition jersey option at retail. Through collaboration with the NBA and Nike, the Pistons created this uniform based on inspiration from both the automotive culture – Motor City across the front, bold highway-like striping – and also the hard-nosed mentality of the city.  The uniform, which has a black base color with gray accents and embellishments, will be accompanied on court with special-edition warm-up apparel.

Nike City Edition uniforms are designed to honor basketball fans in each NBA city who bring energy and passion to the court every night while cheering on their favorite teams.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

A music icon plays a key role in the Timberwolves' City Edition uniforms for 2018-19 as Prince serves as the inspiration for their new look. The team worked with Prince's estate, which incorporates multiple references to the legacy of Prince. From the font -- which is reminiscent of the 1980s Prince era -- to the tonal purple most closely associated with Prince, the uniform speaks of his legacy and bond with the state.

Here's more from the Wolves' release on the uniforms:

Representatives of the Prince Estate and members of Prince’s family evidenced their pride in announcing the partnership with the Minnesota Timberwolves, which honors the inspiring life and iconic legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson. They stated:

“From a young age, Prince enjoyed basketball – as a player and a fan. From his days playing at Bryant Junior High and Central High in South Minneapolis, through countless pick-up games while on the road with bandmates around the world, he enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of the game. This partnership brings together the city of Minneapolis, and more broadly the state of Minnesota, in an exciting effort to uniquely honor Prince. We look forward to initiatives ahead – both on and off the court – that will extend from this campaign and echo throughout the Twin Cities and beyond. Thanks to the Timberwolves, Nike and the NBA.”

The City Edition jersey is a representation of an icon and a team; a jersey representation and a purple celebration for the ages. When Minnesota combines music, basketball, culture and a beloved legacy, it becomes something historic. The blend provides radiant energy, recalls classic memories, and creates a united fan excitement befitting of a Prince inspired experience.

Today’s announcement is about much more than a jersey unveil. It represents the launch of a platform that has been created after many hours of sustainable collaboration with the Prince Estate that will celebrate the legacy of the Minneapolis sound. Most elements of the Timberwolves experience will be impacted at moments throughout the season – including but not limited to game experience, digital content, digital platforms, events and promotions.

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The actual jersey design incorporates multiple references to the legacy of Prince. The left vent on the jersey bears a paisley leaf in tribute to Prince’s creative sanctuary – Paisley Park. The right shoulder pattern honors the iconic jacket Prince wore when performing “Purple Rain”. The “MPLS” on the left leg symbolizes the well-known Minneapolis Sound that Prince ushered in during the late 1970s. The Timberwolves partial logos on the right leg and on the belt buckle are in tonal purple – the regal color most closely associated with Prince. Tying it all together is the distinctive font, which is reminiscent of the 1980s Prince era.

The Wolves are set to wear the City Edition uniforms eight times this season, starting with a Nov. 16 home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

The Thunder have a City Edition look that honors the state's Native American heritage. The uniforms are turquoise, which represents the 11th anniversary stone and the native color of friendship. Oklahoma City is in the midst of its 11th season in the state. The "OKC" on the front of the jersey pays homage to the Four Corners as well.

Here's more from the Thunder's release on the uniforms:

“More than just a uniform, this is a statement of our pride in the Native American culture that is so rich and vibrant in the fabric of Oklahoma,” said Thunder Senior Vice President Brian Byrnes. “We are honored to have worked with Nike to develop a design that in so many ways captures and celebrates the influence of our state’s Native American communities.”

The lead design element of the uniform is turquoise, representing the 11th anniversary stone and the native color of friendship. It also coincides with the Thunder’s 11th season. Interlocking letters create “OKC” on the jersey’s chest, with separate shapes blending into one another to create one shape. Boldly set, the belt pattern on the shorts is derived from a traditional sash and represents the various individual communities expanding outward, pointing toward and blending with each other. Encompassed by the Four Corners, all shapes point inward to gather at OKC. The short vent graphic is inspired by the turtle shell, the circle symbolizes the Earth and recognizes the tribes that line the outside. Primary stripe elements point east to welcome the rising sun and guide the way.

The Thunder plan to wear the uniforms at least six times at home this season, with the first date coming on Nov. 14 against the New York Knicks.

CHICAGO BULLS

The Bulls have a new City Edition look for this season as well. (More details on their unis to come ...)

BROOKLYN NETS

The Nets are honoring cultural diversity, swagger and a Brooklyn icon with their new 2018-19 City Edition uniform.

The uniform’s multi-color “Brooklyn Camo” pattern represents the cultural diversity in the borough, which is home to people of all races, religions, and ethnicities. The new uni also pays homage to Brooklyn icon Christopher "Biggie" Wallace with their Biggie-inspired jersey.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

The Philadelphia 76ers unveiled their 2018-19 City Edition uniform, presented in partnership with Official Jersey Patch Sponsor StubHub. The 2018-19 City Edition uniform celebrates Philadelphia’s rich history of the challenger’s mentality that inspired the “Rocky” and “Creed” films.  

Here's more from the Sixers' release on the uniforms:

The uniform’s core displays the iconic circle of 13 stars derived from the boxing ring where Rocky Balboa first squared off against Apollo Creed, while the gray sweatsuit-textured base was influenced by both Adonis Creed’s and Rocky’s legendary training scenes throughout the streets of Philadelphia. The crisp blue, red and white waistband trim on the shorts is inspired by Rocky’s championship belt. Meanwhile, the phrase “PHILADELPHIA, USA,” is embroidered on the lower left hem of the jersey as a nod to the city’s fans, heart and determination.

The 76ers will debut the new City Edition uniform on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. ET against the Charlotte Hornets, and the game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Philadelphia and 97.5 The Fanatic. Thereafter, the City Edition uniform will be worn at all “Spirit of 76” Friday home games, as well as all April home games.

ORLANDO MAGIC

Like last season, the Magic are using a celestial theme for their City Edition uniforms in 2018-19. This season's edition features a shimmery cosmic look and feel and the jerseys have more of a black tone than the blue and black look from last season.

Here's more from the Magic's release on the uniforms:

The Orlando Magic unveiled its “City Edition” uniform today. The City Edition uniform uses a celestial theme as the central focus to encourage and inspire fans to "reach for the stars."

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The Magic’s City Edition uniform celebrates Orlando as a city of dreamers. The uniform keeps the iconic symbol for the Magic over the years front and center and features a shimmery cosmic look and feel. Symbolic of reaching beyond the limits, the City Edition breaks from the team’s pinstripe tradition for a unique take on the Magic name.

This is the fifth and final uniform in the Magic's collection this season. The team most recently unveiled a throwback to the past with its Classic uniforms.

The Magic plan to wear the uniforms Nov. 14, when they host the Philadelphia 76ers, and will wear them other dates throughout the season.

CHARLOTTE HORNETS

As for the Hornets, they are sticking with the "Buzz City" look they sported last season for their City Edition uniforms. Slight tweaks to the design have been made in terms of the chest plate on the uniform, the color of player numbers and more.

Here's more from the Hornets' release on the City Edition uniforms:

The black uniform once again features the phrase “Buzz City” on the chest plate, though the words and uniform numbers are now teal, with black and teal outlines.  The player name is entirely in teal.  The sides and back of both the jersey and shorts have a gray pattern designed to represent the wings of a hornet.  The jersey also includes the phrase “City of Flight” in teal above the jock tag at the bottom left.

The waistband of the shorts displays an “H” surrounded by wings similar to those on the original Nike Air Jordan I and II shoes.  The team’s secondary logo appears in teal on each leg.  A flap appears adjacent to the logo on each side, with the one on the right leg concealing a hidden “CHA.”

The logo of LendingTree, a Founding Level Partner and the Official Loan Shopping Partner of the Charlotte Hornets, is featured on the left chest of the jersey, while the Jumpman logo of Nike’s Jordan Brand appears on the right chest, as they do on each of the team’s uniforms.

The Hornets plan to wear the uniforms for 10 home games this season and for seven road games.

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