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The Sacramento Kings today announced a retail partnership with adidas, the official outfitter of the National Basketball Association. As of July 1, 2014, adidas will manage retail operations for the Kings through the 2016-17 NBA season. “We’re thrilled to bring one of the world’s top lifestyle and sports brands to Sacramento,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “adidas’ unmatched expertise in sports merchandise and unparalleled customer service make them an ideal partner for the Kings. Together, Kings fans will better connect to the team through a truly exceptional and innovative retail experience.” NBA.com

June 19, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Hornets unveiled their new uniforms on Thursday. The uniforms were designed in collaboration with Nike's Jordan brand, as Michael Jordan is the team's owner, even though the league's official apparel provider is adidas, which is still charged with producing the jerseys. The home uniform is white with purple numbers and teal letters, while the away jersey is predominately purple with teal numbers and white lettering. Both jerseys have "Hornets" across the chest, feature a hornet silhouette on the waistband and a Hornet cell design on the side of the shorts. The alternate jersey, which is to be worn 16 to 20 times, is teal with white lettering and purple numbers. It features "Charlotte" across the chest and the diving hornet logo on the shorts. All the jerseys feature a color accented V-neck, a tribute to the Hornets jerseys of old. ESPN.com

April 17, 2014 Updates

The Miami Heat's LeBron James once again tops the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys, where he has reigned as No. 1 since winning his second NBA title. The two-time NBA Finals MVP, who has held the top position six times, is joined by nine players that will compete in the 2014 NBA Playoffs beginning on April 19. The rankings are based on overall retail sales on NBAStore.com since the beginning of the 2013-14 season. NBA.com

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Get ready to sponsor logos on NBA jerseys. It's most likely coming in the next five years, NBA commissioner Adam Silver told an audience at the IMG World Congress of Sports on Wednesday. "It just creates that much more of an opportunity for our marketing partners to get to get that much closer to our fans and to our players," Silver said at the conference, put on by the Sports Business Daily/Journal. "It gives us an opportunity just to have deeper integration when it comes those forms of sponsorship." ESPN.com

"We know what the value is to advertisers in a world of 1,000-plus channels to be able to show fans in-game branding," Silver said last month. Perhaps no North American sports league has gone more all-in on jersey advertising than the WNBA. The primary team sponsor's logo is so big on many of the team's jerseys that it dwarfs the team's actual logo. ESPN.com

March 18, 2014 Updates

The New York Knicks officially introduced Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations on Tuesday, and wasted no time cashing in. The team has made jersey shirts of Jackson’s classic No. 18 available at their official store. For The Win

March 16, 2014 Updates

As one of the first players to don the NBA's sleeved jerseys, Jarrett Jack feels qualified to give an informed assessment on precisely how the sleeves made him and the rest of his then-teammates at Golden State feel. "We're like the Beach Police," Jack said. "You know those police who are on the beach with those bikes? They've got those little shirts with the shorts? That's what we look like. Like we about to give somebody a citation." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The NBA has promised to listen if enough players complain, although commissioner Adam Silver also said during All-Star weekend that there is not hard data to prove players actually are shooting worse. "We know that shooting percentages are virtually exactly the same for games in which we have sleeved jerseys and games in which the guys are wearing conventional jerseys," Silver said. "So I'm pretty comfortable from a competitive standpoint that it's having no impact." Unless, of course, you happen to look in the mirror. Then the evidence is irrefutable. "They look disgusting," Jack said. "You look like a volleyball team." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 1, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced plans for the league’s eighth annual Latin nights program titled Noches éne•bé•a (eh-nay-bay-ah), which will feature seven commemorative games and celebrate the growing support of NBA fans and players across Latin American and U.S. Hispanic communities. The Noches éne•bé•a games, four of which will air nationally on ABC, TNT, and NBA TV, will include special telecasts, in-arena festivities, and distinctive NBA team uniforms to be worn by six teams: Chicago Bulls (Los Bulls), San Antonio Spurs (Los Spurs), Phoenix Suns (Los Suns), Los Angeles Lakers (Los Lakers), Miami Heat (El Heat), and New York Knicks (Nueva York). Additionally, for the first time, all 30 NBA teams will wear specially-designed Noches éne•bé•a shooting shirts from adidas, the league’s official oncourt apparel provider, during the first two weeks of March. NBA.com

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

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