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February 26, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins didn’t even have to wear his No. 98 jersey for it to become a hot commodity. According to a league spokesperson, Collins’ jersey was the top seller at the NBA Store and its website on Tuesday, the first day it was made available. Collins wears the No. 98 as a tribute to Matthew Shepard, who was brutally murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998. Collins has said it’s a symbolic and important number in the gay community, and his lone gesture of solidarity as he tries to keep the focus on basketball. New York Daily News

February 25, 2014 Updates

Jason Collins fell asleep Saturday night without a team. On Sunday, he became the Nets’ most publicized player, the first openly gay athlete to play in an N.B.A. game, although one on a 10-day contract. On Monday, inquiries by those eager to buy a Nets jersey with Collins’s name started to multiply. On Tuesday, Collins jerseys will go on sale at the N.B.A.’s retail shop in Manhattan and at NBAstore.com. Collins’s jersey number of choice is 98, in honor of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student from Wyoming who was murdered in 1998. But on Sunday, when the Nets acted quickly to get Collins in uniform for a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, they had to resort to a generic jersey the team travels with in case of emergencies. New York Times

February 13, 2014 Updates

Floated as a possible revenue stream five years ago, the NBA appears to be no closer to putting ads on its jerseys. The league had even mapped out the dimensions -- a 2½-inch by 2½-inch space on the front of the jerseys -- but a simple idea turned into something more complex the more it was considered, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. In 2011, Silver said selling the space to advertisers could be worth $100 million. "The sense was that we were a little premature on the program and we needed to think it through systematically a little bit more," Silver told ESPN.com. ESPN.com

January 29, 2014 Updates

Gortat and Nene were asked the same question: Which aspect from the older generation would they like to see in the current NBA. Nene liked the old-school style of play. Gortat just couldn’t get those shorts off of his mind. “I would take two different things,” said Gortat. “I would definitely make one of the nights old-school jersey and shorts. That would be funny, if everybody wore those. That would be great. I think they should come up with one night like that. The second thing, I would bring back the old basket construction, that you could actually break them. That would be great. And the third, if I could, the third I would bring back the size. Point guards the size of Magic Johnson. That’s ridiculous. If you could bring back the size, and have people with wingspans of 7-8, 7-9. If you could bring back that, that would be something incredible.” Washington Post

January 7, 2014 Updates

The Heat on Tuesday released the nicknames players will wear on the backs of their jerseys as part of the NBA "Name Collection" that will be unveiled during Friday's nationally televised game in Brooklyn and later worn at three Heat home games: on January 21 vs. the Boston Celtics and the March 12th and April 8th games against the Nets. The choices, as approved by the NBA when factoring trademark concerns: Ray Allen: "J. Shuttlesworth" Chris Andersen: "Birdman" South Florida Sun-Sentinel

December 31, 2013 Updates

A report Monday said a black and gold scheme has emerged as a contender and that makes sense, since global ambassador Drake has built his OVO brand around those colours. An advertisement on raptors.com for “Drake Night” at the ACC on Jan. 11 depicts a black and gold Raptors logo beside Drake’s similarly coloured owl trademark. When asked if the black and gold scheme is the current leading contender, Leiweke told the Sun: “We are looking at a few different ideas.” One of them would be a blue and white look, to tie in with the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. Toronto Sun

December 27, 2013 Updates

As far as Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is concerned, the NBA committed a major fashion faux pas by having all 10 teams that played Christmas Day suited up in short-sleeved jerseys. "Hated them," Cuban said before the Mavs hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. "I just thought it made our guys look more like a high school wrestling team or a college wrestling team." ESPN.com

"I could have thought of better ways to sell [the short-sleeved jerseys] and a lot of different ways by having them in a casual-wear situation," Cuban said. "We would have been better off, if we want people to wear them casually, to get the trainers and everybody else to wear them to show them in a realistic setting. So I would have done it a little differently, but we'll see what happens." ESPN.com

December 19, 2013 Updates
December 9, 2013 Updates

Knicks owner James Dolan may have a decision to make — and not only on Mike Woodson’s coaching future. If he wishes, the eccentric Dolan can forever shelve those new alternate orange jerseys after the Knicks fell to 0-6 in the uniforms with Sunday’s 114-73 disgrace to Boston at the Garden. According to an NBA official, the Knicks have now fulfilled the minimum requirement for the number of times they have to wear the brand new, all-orange jerseys that appear as haunted as Halloween. The NBA official told The Post the Knicks can wear the uniforms a maximum of 18 times this season and no fewer than six times under league rules. New York Post

You’d think Carmelo Anthony would love the all-orange after spending his best season as a basketball player in that color with Syracuse, where he won the school’s only NCAA men’s basketball title. “I’m not a superstitious guy,’’ Anthony said. “I won’t blame [the Boston loss] on the 12’oclock game. I won’t blame it on the orange jerseys. We could’ve lost in the white uniforms today.’’ New York Post

November 18, 2013 Updates

It did not take long on Saturday night for fans and commentators at Madison Square Garden to realize something was amiss between the Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks. Their uniforms looked alike. Too alike. The Knicks have worn their new orange alternate jerseys four times already this season, but in each previous outing, the other team arrived wearing a contrasting shade. Not the Hawks. The result was a jumble of blood red versus burnt orange that became an exercise in facial recognition, looking twice, squinting, guessing: Which ones are the Hawks? According to the N.B.A. rule book, the home team is mandated to wear light-colored jerseys, and the visitors dark jerseys, unless otherwise approved. This would explain Atlanta’s uniform choice. “Neither team was at fault,” Tim Frank, the N.B.A.’s vice president for basketball communications, said. “The Knicks orange has been designated as a light alternate home uniform. Going forward, we’ll ensure that the opponent wears a more distinguishing color uniform when the Knicks wear orange.” New York Times

Carmelo Anthony dismissed a question that the uniforms had any effect on the game, which the Knicks lost, 110-90. He referred to the suggestion as “nitpicking.” The Knicks have already worn the orange jerseys four times this year (all losses) and plan to wear them at least six more times. New York Times

The Portland Trail Blazers are considering the possibility of designing new home and away jerseys that could be used as soon as the 2015-16 season. The team's basic home and road jerseys have been used for more than a decade, although red and "Rip City" alternate looks have been mixed in over the last few years. The current white home jersey has "Blazers" in all caps, slightly offset black script with a series of gray, black and red diagonal stripes below the number. Blazers Edge

November 9, 2013 Updates

Well, word is slowly leaking out as to when we'll see the "name jersey collection," as the NBA calls it. The Nets calendar, distributed last week, lists January 10, as the first time the Nets will wear them. The Heat's printable schedule lists two home games, on March 12 and April 8 vs. the Nets and one, on January 21, vs. the Celtics as "name collection uniform games." The Nets calendar lists five games where the Nets will wear "alternate home uniforms" which appear to be separate from the "Christmas Short Sleeve Jerseys." The jerseys will be worn March 21 and 28 as well as April 4, 11, and 15, the last home game of the season. This news follows this week's leak of the uniforms planned for Christmas Day games. NetsDaily

October 24, 2013 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs unveiled today a new military-inspired uniform in honor of the servicemen and women of the Armed Forces. The Spurs will debut the new uniforms when they host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Nov. 13. The Spurs created the camouflage-patterned uniforms to honor and showcase the team’s pride in the city affectionately nicknamed “Military City U.S.A.” San Antonio is home to Joint Base San Antonio, a military installation that includes the Army’s Fort Sam Houston, Randolph Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base. It is estimated that more than 300,000 active and retired military and government workers call San Antonio home. NBA.com

October 21, 2013 Updates

Having added a logo-only uniform last season, the Spurs are expanding their wardrobe even further this season with a special camouflage alternate to honor San Antonio’s strong military roots. Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard shot pictures behind closed doors following Monday’s practice. Green said he’d already seen the jerseys, giving them an endorsement. “It’s a fatigue-type style,” he said. “They’re pretty nice.” No immediate word on when or how often the Spurs will wear the jerseys, images of which were not yet publicly available. The logo jerseys had originally been intended for select dates last season before serving as the team’s de facto home uniforms for long stretches. Camo alternates aren’t uncommon in pro sports. Toronto became the first NBA to wear them, in 2011-12. Now, fittingly, the Spurs will join them. San Antonio Express-News

September 11, 2013 Updates

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