The Celts now have four sets of uniforms — the more traditional whites and greens, the black set with green lettering and the “city edition” grays. The changes, even to the more regular jerseys and shorts, were instituted as Nike regained the contract to outfit the NBA. And these guys are very serious about the looks they’re trying to create. “They changed the tight colors, too,” said Connor. “Nike will call out, like, they want green tights with the green uniforms or white tights with green uniforms, black tights on white. They actually script for like 50 percent of the games what everything has to be. It’s a lot more restrictive.
In Friday’s road game against the Pelicans, the Heat will debut their uniform patch to honor the victims of last week’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland. The black patch, which will be worn by the Heat for the remainder of the season, reads “MSD” and will be on the shoulder area of the jersey. The Heat coaching staff and broadcast team will also wear pins with “Stoneman Douglas” and the school’s Eagle logo on them during Friday’s game against the Pelicans. In addition, the Heat will hold a moment of silence before Saturday’s home game against the Grizzlies to honor the victims.
“It’s an absolute honor for us to wear these patches and players will be wearing them on their jerseys as well,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I know I speak for everybody in that locker room and everybody in the organization, we are so very inspired by the leadership and courage and absolute fearlessness of the kids and young men and women at Stoneman Douglas. It’s such a tragic event, but we hear their voices, loud and clear. And we are behind them and this is only the start.”
Nowitzki’s reaction was perfect and funny and also a little sad. Via the Dallas Morning News: “I actually just saw it,” Nowitzki said in the postgame locker room. “I had no idea, no idea. I guess it happens. I usually look at my jersey. I guess it kind of sums up our season.”