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Dream Team Color Schemes

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Good morning Uni Watch commUNIty. Paul is doing some traveling. I’m Todd Krevanchi and I’m taking care of today’s entry.

When the FIBA World Championships and Olympic Games come around every few years, it not only gives us a chance to see how our boys can mess up bringing home a gold medal, but also allows us to see how our apparel manufacturers can mess up the uniforms.

One of the earliest demonstrations of logo creep on the international stage occurred at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Apparel manufacturer Descente was given the contract to outfit the men’s basketball team. Three uniforms were issued, in red, white, and blue. The uniforms were quite classy. Vertically arched chest lettering, no last names on the back and a simple USA on the sides of the shorts, but the Descente logo was on the upper-right shoulder of the jersey and the left leg of the shorts. And since Converse was the exclusive Olympic footwear provider, they found it appropriate to throw their logo beneath the waistband on the shorts.

In 1988, at the Seoul Games, the Red Army beat the U.S. and the red uniform was dropped. Descente was once again called in to outfit the squad, and they used the same template from the ’84 games, except that last names were added to the jerseys. The white and blue uniforms still featured Descente-driven logo creep, but this time the Converse logo was gone.

1992: The Dream Team. This time Champion outfitted the men’s hoopsters. This Olympiad featured a new USA Basketball Logo (still in use today), which functioned as the main jersey insignia and also appeared on the sides of the shorts. Once again, white and blue uniforms were used, with red still on the hanger. Champion displayed its corporate logo this time on the left shoulder and by the left waistband of the shorts.

USA Basketball maintained this classic design for the 1994 World Championships in Ontario, Canada. Dream Team II again played with the traditional white and blue.

Then came 1996 and the Atlanta Games. They must have held a contest for area middle school students to design these, which were cluttered with stars, script lettering, and new typography. The white and blue uniforms now had a waistband star and fields of stars down both sides, as well as the USA basketball logo on both the jersey and shorts. And Champion added their mark as well.

The 1998 World Championships were held in Greece, and Champion held tight with the same design. But there was a redesign for the 2000 Sydney Games, beginning with sleeveless tees. In addition to the stripes that Y out to a single star on either side of the shorts, you have the USA Basketball logo on the waist. On the jersey, another USA Basketball logo, a new neck mark, and, of course, the oversized Champion logo. And let’s not forget the USA Basketball star on the back. Again, only white and blue.

In 2002, the World Championships were held in Indianapolis. This was the start of Reebok‘s relationship with USA Basketball, and the uniforms took on more of an asymmetrical approach. The stars returned to the shorts and jerseys on the right, but not on the left. The neckline was now a solid color. And the team got smoked.

In Greece in 2004, the trio of unis returned — red, white, and blue. Reebok still had the contract and made significant adjustments, including horizontal stripes down the sides, a collar-style neckline along with the neck star, and curved piping. The back star also returned to the mix. But one thing didn’t change: The team got smoked — again!

That brings us to this year’s World Championships in Japan. Nike now has the USA Basketball contract, and they’re made some interesting adjustments to the uniform. Red has apparently been dropped once again, since it hasn’t been used in any preliminary games. The white and blue uniforms show quite a bit of piping, wedges of red, white, or blue, and the piping connecting the arm- and neckholes that Nike has used in their college uniforms. Meanwhile, the back of these uniforms looks like something out of Nike’s college football template. I guess I still don’t understand the wraparound feature. These uniforms have come upon some serious scrutiny over the last month based on their design. In architecture, the mantra “form follows function” has lived for over a century. However in Nike’s case, with these uniforms, they missed the boat on both form and function.

I’m interested to see what the Beijing Games bring us…

 

91 comments to Dream Team Color Schemes

  • Mike Miller | August 25, 2006 at 8:58 am |

    The main reason the 1984 jerseys didn’t have names on the back is because Bob Knight was the coach. Indiana and Texas Tech have had names on the back under his helm.

    At least the US jerseys are still sponsor free, unlike the Puerto Rico Burger Kings.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 25, 2006 at 9:02 am |

    Guys,
    Apologies for the links not opening into new windows. I guess this substitute deserves to get a few paper airplanes tossed up his way…

  • PDXclark | August 25, 2006 at 9:21 am |

    No kidding, Todd.
    I guess I didn’t realize how used to that I am, and actually closed out/had to re-open three times by habit before I started to right click ‘open in new window’ so I wouldn’t screw up again! Thanks for filling in though. I guess we’ll let it slide… this time.

  • Rick | August 25, 2006 at 9:33 am |

    Using firefox you can just click down the mouse “wheel”-thingie and it opens it in a new tab which was pretty convenient.

    All and all an outstanding job. No paper airplanes… maybe a few spit balls though, lol.

  • MAO | August 25, 2006 at 9:43 am |

    Personally, I think the new USA basketball unis are awful. The side panels, the random piping – terrible. I do like that the trend of staying away from the USA Basketball official logo, as that’s a bad look too (see Dream Team). The logo is fine, but not for the front of the shirt.

  • Matt | August 25, 2006 at 9:46 am |

    i used to have one of those 1996 dream team uniforms… i bought at a clearance rack at JC Penney’s for like 5 bucks in like 1997… don’t have it anymore, i think i ruined it playing basketball in it…

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 25, 2006 at 9:51 am |

    just cought this on the espn.com home page…
    it looks like todd hollandsworth is auditioning for the st. louis gateway arch…
    http://espn-att.star...

  • Ryan | August 25, 2006 at 9:54 am |

    Wow, I don’t think I have actually liked any of the uniforms since ’84. The dream team unis could have been OK, but the USA Basketball logo is weak in and of itself. No wonder we keep getting smoked. And how do they plan to do anything THIS year if they can’t even keep their shorts up (on the court… whatever they want to do is fine off it. lol)

  • Robert Eden | August 25, 2006 at 9:59 am |

    Nice work, Todd. You performed admirably as Paul’s stand-in.

    Two brief remarks: 1. The current uniforms stink, which is hardly a surprise considering who makes them. 2. The team should always have three uniforms, red, white and blue . . . for obvious reasons.

  • AMS | August 25, 2006 at 10:07 am |

    two thoughts…

    Why always navy blue? Does anyone else think it’s odd that navy has taken the place of a more standard blue in so many US uniforms? It seems as though thi s is an issue in so many Olympic uniforms these days…

    And wow, that Hollandsworth arching is rather extreme. His name hasn’t always looked like that, has it?

  • Jim | August 25, 2006 at 10:10 am |

    Since retro is in fashion again, I think Carmelo should start wearing a belt to hold up his shorts.

  • Chip | August 25, 2006 at 10:12 am |

    The reason we use Navy Blue is obvious…look at our flag. The blue in the field is navy.

  • Chris Doran | August 25, 2006 at 10:14 am |

    Totally different sport, but to me this has always been the gold standard for USA competition jerseys (or in this case sweaters)

    http://www.hattrickg...

    simple, and to the point, and well before any logo creep.

  • Chris Doran | August 25, 2006 at 10:16 am |

    Dang I can’t ever seem to post a link….

    USA sweater

  • Corry | August 25, 2006 at 10:19 am |

    Am I the only one who loves these unis?
    http://i8.tinypic.co...

  • a arauz | August 25, 2006 at 10:25 am |

    [quote comment=”6578″]Am I the only one who loves these unis?
    http://i8.tinypic.co...
    Yes, you are !

    Todd, thanks for filling in, but I was expecting a critique of all the teams in the FIBA field….. very very disappointed, are you expecting that i actually do some work today?

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 25, 2006 at 10:30 am |

    history of hollandsworth…
    dodgers
    http://peninsulaclar...
    rockies
    anyone?
    rangers
    http://cache.gettyim...
    marlins
    http://okamooo.fc2we...
    cubs
    http://cache.gettyim...
    braves
    http://cache.gettyim...
    indians
    anyone?
    reds
    http://espn-att.star...

  • Kevin | August 25, 2006 at 10:30 am |

    Those current basketball jerseys are almost as bad as the recent Olympic hockey sweaters, pants, and vertically striped socks. And guess who designed those?

  • Eriq Jaffe | August 25, 2006 at 10:30 am |

    [quote comment=”6577″]Dang I can’t ever seem to post a link….

    USA sweater[/quote]

    You mean this?

  • Eriq Jaffe | August 25, 2006 at 10:31 am |

    Heh. Apparently, I can’t post a link, either.

    http://www.hattrickg...

  • Chris Doran | August 25, 2006 at 10:32 am |

    [quote comment=”6583″]Heh. Apparently, I can’t post a link, either.

    http://www.hattrickg...

    Thank you very much, kind sir

  • Mike | August 25, 2006 at 10:45 am |

    Way off subject, but do umps ever wear throwbacks when the 2 teams where them?

  • Kevin A. | August 25, 2006 at 10:46 am |

    my firefox doesn’t do that….

  • Jared | August 25, 2006 at 10:55 am |

    [quote comment=”6580″]history of hollandsworth…
    dodgers
    http://peninsulaclar...
    rockies
    anyone?
    rangers
    http://cache.gettyim...
    marlins
    http://okamooo.fc2we...
    cubs
    http://cache.gettyim...
    braves
    http://cache.gettyim...
    indians
    anyone?
    reds
    http://espn-att.star...

    Todd, you can’t deeplink to Gettyimages ….. I’m sure they work for you but the rest of us can’t see them.

    BTW, Great job. You are the official Uniwatch 6th man (1st off the bench!!)

  • Tom O'Grady | August 25, 2006 at 11:10 am |

    Am I the only one who loves these unis?

    http://i8.tinypic.co

    Corry-

    Those uniforms are tight as are most of the USA Basketball designs over the years. The 1992 and the 2000 years being my favorite designs.

    I designed the 2000 uniform through the NBA Creative Services group with Christopher Arena from NBA Outfitting, and it’s my favorite. Love the pant details. Very classy.

    In 2000 we added a secondary star logo (see link)

    http://store.nba.com...

    ..and the team uses that a lot over a wide array of products.

    We also re-introduced the USA lettering from the 1984 jerseys onto the 2000 designs which they use today. I think the lettering is outstanding!

    I am not a big fan of this years uniform silhouette but I think it’s still a good look for the overall USA brand.

    Tom O’Grady
    gameplan.com

  • C.N. | August 25, 2006 at 11:21 am |

    Yes, Hollandsworth’s name has always looked like that, except with the Braves, who at the time had the vertically arched lettering and different font.

    The navy looks better than a more royal or traditional blue, in my opinion. And that’s saying something because I’m a University of Kentucky fan.

    No, the umps don’t wear throwback uniforms, even when both teams do.

    And Mike, I know you meant to say IU and Texas Tech have NOT worn names on their backs under Knight, but I just thought I’d mention that.

  • Chris Hilf | August 25, 2006 at 11:23 am |

    [quote comment=”6586″]my firefox doesn’t do that….[/quote]
    Then it’s probably your mouse. If not, DL the most recent version.

    I don’t like any of those jerseys – probably because i don’t like basketball.

  • Dane | August 25, 2006 at 11:27 am |

    Slightly off topic, but what the heck did they do to the ball in the FIBA tourney? It looks more like a World Cup soccer ball than a basketball.

    FIFA? FIBA? Who are these people?

  • Steve F | August 25, 2006 at 11:38 am |

    I really don’t think the guys in Beaverton did a horriffic job with the unis this go around. Given their track record, they could have done a lot worse. The 1996 and 1998 unis are by far the worst…downright U G L Y! Take out the horizontal stripes and the unis from the Athens games would have been OK.

  • Tom O'Grady | August 25, 2006 at 11:52 am |

    Funny thing about designing international unis in 2000… FIBA has a manual that describes in excruciating detail what the size of the numbers, names and sponsor logos can be on the unis which makes the process somewhat restrictive.

    The USA Basketball jersey is always the exception to other countries jerseys because it only has one sponsor logo on it, this year it’s Nike…but other countries have multiple logos (think NASCAR racer outfits) and so the placement process can be numbing…

    T.

  • Minna H. | August 25, 2006 at 12:04 pm |

    Great job, Todd; you did Paul proud. As for the unis, I agree with Ryan (#8) about ’84 being the last good international uni. The rest range from bland to wretched, including the latest with the random piping and bib effect in back. ’04 is the worst with the hideous horizontal stripes on the sides–just ugly.

  • AMS | August 25, 2006 at 12:10 pm |

    The blue on the flag is more navy than royal, but if you interview people on the street, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find many who identify the US with red/white/navy over red/white/royal. An interesting phenomenon…

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 25, 2006 at 12:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”6598″]Funny thing about designing international unis in 2000… FIBA has a manual that describes in excruciating detail what the size of the numbers, names and sponsor logos can be on the unis which makes the process somewhat restrictive.

    The USA Basketball jersey is always the exception to other countries jerseys because it only has one sponsor logo on it, this year it’s Nike…but other countries have multiple logos (think NASCAR racer outfits) and so the placement process can be numbing…

    T.[/quote]

    so is nike a considered a team sponsor or manufacturer? their logo is on all team apparel they manufacturer at every level but that doesnt necessarily make them a sponsor of the team.

    example; puerto rico
    i would look at that and say, nike manufactures their uniforms, however they have separate official sponsors.

    burger king and 7 up sponsor their home uni’s
    http://images.sports...
    and
    triple s and 7 up sponsor their away uni’s
    http://images.sports...

    wouldnt you say that USA Basketball is the official sponsor of the 2006 men’s senior national team?

    with your past affiliation with the program, you might be able to share some insight on this tom o’g

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 25, 2006 at 12:22 pm |

    [quote comment=”6600″]Great job, Todd; you did Paul proud. As for the unis, I agree with Ryan (#8) about ’84 being the last good international uni. The rest range from bland to wretched, including the latest with the random piping and bib effect in back. ’04 is the worst with the hideous horizontal stripes on the sides–just ugly.[/quote]

    thanks a lot. and thanks to everyone else for their kind words as well. i do have 1 thing to say. i did 1 article for 1 day and let me tell you, it was difficult and time consuming (usually topics based on a historical evolution are). paul writes here everyday here and on page 2 as well and by no means is his job an easy undertaking. he deserves the kudos…

  • Riff | August 25, 2006 at 12:45 pm |

    Well kudos to all who make this place possible for all us nerds!

    Speaking of nerds, I think I entered the upper echelon last night with my dream. In it, Matt Leinart pointed me in the right direction deckedout in his Cards uni and the Patriots were playing the Chiefs in the Super Bowl (not possible, I realize, but either way, it was a big game). The Pats were wearing all blue and the Chiefs were wearing all red with a few players sporting navy pants. Yes, I know. I said the same thing, “WTF?! UniWatch has to see this!”

    I was also obsessed with getting a picture of the Cubs zig-zag pinstriping that we mentioned here the other day, only in the dream they looked more like a seismograph.

    After reading what I wrote, I realize I’m wierder than I thought.

  • Brandon Davis | August 25, 2006 at 12:53 pm |

    All this flag talk and nobody’s noticed that the flag hanging in the background of the Dream Team team photo is backwards?

  • Riff | August 25, 2006 at 12:54 pm |

    Oh, and personally, I dig the new Nike unis. They’re unique without getting too crazy. They would look much better on the players if, like the Mets, they could learn to line up the piping and stripes.

  • Ian K | August 25, 2006 at 1:01 pm |

    [quote comment=”6587″][quote comment=”6580″]history of hollandsworth…
    dodgers
    http://peninsulaclar...
    rockies
    anyone?
    rangers
    http://cache.gettyim...
    marlins
    http://okamooo.fc2we...
    cubs
    http://cache.gettyim...
    braves
    http://cache.gettyim...
    indians
    anyone?
    reds
    http://espn-att.star...

    Todd, you can’t deeplink to Gettyimages ….. I’m sure they work for you but the rest of us can’t see them.

    BTW, Great job. You are the official Uniwatch 6th man (1st off the bench!!)[/quote]

    After you click the Gettyimages link and get the “not authorized” message, copy the address to your Google search field and it’ll come up.

    The vertically arched lettering looks great on Hollandsworth’s Braves jersey, as C.N. mentioned. I bet it would fit better on the Reds vest if they used VAL.

    What really needs to happen is for Hollandsworth (man I’m tired just typing it) to be traded to the Bosox or Yanks where they go name-free.

  • Mal | August 25, 2006 at 1:03 pm |

    Hey, how about doing an entry (with appropriate pictures, of course) on the Australian women’s basketball team and their bodyhugging unitards? Rawr!!

  • Todd Krevanchi | August 25, 2006 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”6611″]Hey, how about doing an entry (with appropriate pictures, of course) on the Australian women’s basketball team and their bodyhugging unitards? Rawr!![/quote]

    “with appropriate pictures of course”
    as a seattle storm fan, i’ve seen plenty of gallerys of lauren jackson in her aussie uni. let me tell you that in many of the photos, a lot of her teammates look as though they have been afflicted with serious cases of cameltoesis.

  • Kerby | August 25, 2006 at 1:21 pm |

    [quote comment=”6562″]The main reason the 1984 jerseys didn’t have names on the back is because Bob Knight was the coach. Indiana and Texas Tech have had names on the back under his helm.

    At least the US jerseys are still sponsor free, unlike the Puerto Rico Burger Kings.[/quote]

    No Bob Knight team has ever had names on the backs of jerseys…And never will.

  • Chris Coleman | August 25, 2006 at 1:23 pm |

    Great job Todd! I remember, for the Gold Medal ceremony for the Dream Team, certain players (Michael Jordan, etc.) had to wear American Flags around their necks so they would the cover the Champion logo (I think) on their warm-up suits. This was because Jordan, and others, were sponsored by Nike. The dangerous affects of logo creep. You can see Jordan wearing the flag here.

  • Mediocre Joe | August 25, 2006 at 1:34 pm |

    Anyone know when and why basketball shorts, which used to hang above mid-thigh, now hang below the knee? Based on these photos, it looks like the descent began around ’92 to ’94.

  • Matthew | August 25, 2006 at 1:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”6607″]Oh, and personally, I dig the new Nike unis. They’re unique without getting too crazy. They would look much better on the players if, like the Mets, they could learn to line up the piping and stripes.[/quote]

    Agreed. These are the best uniforms since 1992. I can’t stand basketball jerseys that are sleeveless tees (they make the player look like he’s wearing a jersey that’s two sizes too big) and I can’t stand throwing in all the stars, etc. The Athens uniforms could have been decent without those horrendous black and red horizonal striped side panels. These uniforms (1996-2004) all have something in common: they violated the KISS rule (Keep It Simple Stupid).

    Also, good work today Todd.

  • Nolan | August 25, 2006 at 2:10 pm |

    [quote comment=”6614″]Great job Todd! I remember, for the Gold Medal ceremony for the Dream Team, certain players (Michael Jordan, etc.) had to wear American Flags around their necks so they would the cover the Champion logo (I think) on their warm-up suits. This was because Jordan, and others, were sponsored by Nike. The dangerous affects of logo creep. You can see Jordan wearing the flag here.[/quote]

    I remember this too. It was actually Reebok who had the official medal ceremony jacket and MJ and his Nike boys wanted to cover up as to not be seen in a damn reebok logo.
    This is a great example of being loyal to your sponsor. Plus it covered up the ugly logo too. Win, Win.

  • Nastykjn | August 25, 2006 at 2:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”6596″]Slightly off topic, but what the heck did they do to the ball in the FIBA tourney? It looks more like a World Cup soccer ball than a basketball.

    FIFA? FIBA? Who are these people?[/quote]

    FIBA- A group of very dangerous people who make it their purpose to make Americans feel inferior by changing rules to “Internationl Standards”.

    FIFA- The governing body of men who like to run around in short shorts and flop around like a gutted fish if you get within 2 yards of them.

  • MetsfanAZ | August 25, 2006 at 2:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”6616″]Anyone know when and why basketball shorts, which used to hang above mid-thigh, now hang below the knee? Based on these photos, it looks like the descent began around ’92 to ’94.[/quote]
    I think Jordan can be credited with the first baggy shorts. I remember the Fab Five at Michigan having real big shorts for the time. As far as why, I think we all agree there is nothing pretty about the short shorts (except maybe a real belt with a Shinjo buckle).

  • Matthew | August 25, 2006 at 2:36 pm |

    [quote comment=”6620″][quote comment=”6616″]Anyone know when and why basketball shorts, which used to hang above mid-thigh, now hang below the knee? Based on these photos, it looks like the descent began around ’92 to ’94.[/quote]
    I think Jordan can be credited with the first baggy shorts. I remember the Fab Five at Michigan having real big shorts for the time. As far as why, I think we all agree there is nothing pretty about the short shorts (except maybe a real belt with a Shinjo buckle).[/quote]

    I wouldn’t say Jordan himself originated it, but he may have been in the vanguard with other players. If you’ll remember, back in his UNC and early NBA days, he wore the short shorts just like everyone else. He started wearing the baggier shorts around 1990 or 1991, just like several other players. So it’s more of a movement that was independent of any one person, and is instead can be seen in a group of players at this time.

  • Mal | August 25, 2006 at 3:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”6612″]as a seattle storm fan, i’ve seen plenty of gallerys of lauren jackson in her aussie uni. let me tell you that in many of the photos, a lot of her teammates look as though they have been afflicted with serious cases of cameltoesis.[/quote]

    Ya gotta admit that if the WNBA wore uniforms like this they would double their audience overnight. No, triple it.

  • ACC | August 25, 2006 at 3:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”6613″][quote comment=”6562″]The main reason the 1984 jerseys didn’t have names on the back is because Bob Knight was the coach. Indiana and Texas Tech have had names on the back under his helm.

    At least the US jerseys are still sponsor free, unlike the Puerto Rico Burger Kings.[/quote]

    No Bob Knight team has ever had names on the backs of jerseys…And never will.[/quote]

    That’s why I hate Knight so much and can’t wait for him to retire. The ugliest jerseys are those with no names…they look like a cheesy Coors Light commercial. He wants his players anonymous so he gets more of the glory. Players make basketball interesting not the coach. Phil Knight could have won the gold with the ’84 team.

  • Brooks Reuter | August 25, 2006 at 3:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”6622″][quote comment=”6612″]as a seattle storm fan, i’ve seen plenty of gallerys of lauren jackson in her aussie uni. let me tell you that in many of the photos, a lot of her teammates look as though they have been afflicted with serious cases of cameltoesis.[/quote]

    Ya gotta admit that if the WNBA wore uniforms like this they would double their audience overnight. No, triple it.[/quote]

    Imagine what would happen if the WNBA adopted uni’s like these.

  • Tim B | August 25, 2006 at 3:55 pm |

    Here’s Todd Hollandsworth on June 20 of this season with the Tribe.

  • Tim B | August 25, 2006 at 3:56 pm |
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  • Mike | August 25, 2006 at 3:58 pm |

    [quote comment=”6627″][quote comment=”6622″][quote comment=”6612″]as a seattle storm fan, i’ve seen plenty of gallerys of lauren jackson in her aussie uni. let me tell you that in many of the photos, a lot of her teammates look as though they have been afflicted with serious cases of cameltoesis.[/quote]

    Ya gotta admit that if the WNBA wore uniforms like this they would double their audience overnight. No, triple it.[/quote]

    Imagine what would happen if the WNBA adopted uni’s like these.[/quote]

    If that were to happen, I don’t think there’d be anyone in the stands. Most WNBA players are hideous. They’d be checking each other out.

  • Brooks Reuter | August 25, 2006 at 4:00 pm |

    On second thought strike that.

  • Mike from Queens | August 25, 2006 at 4:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”6622″][quote comment=”6612″]as a seattle storm fan, i’ve seen plenty of gallerys of lauren jackson in her aussie uni. let me tell you that in many of the photos, a lot of her teammates look as though they have been afflicted with serious cases of cameltoesis.[/quote]

    Ya gotta admit that if the WNBA wore uniforms like this they would double their audience overnight. No, triple it.[/quote]

    I don’t know… I think that the tight fitting outfits kind of works for chicks in beach volleyball, but would you ever really want to see this in this? I mean, look at this back fat issue (scroll down just a bit). Not making fun of that girl. All girls should have that if they’re not sick like Lindsay Lohan or Nicole Ritchie, but seeing it outlined so perfectly in an ugly sea green uni does not do much top pique my interest. These girls are too manly for my liking. There really is NO reason to watch women’s basketball.

  • Mike from Queens | August 25, 2006 at 4:10 pm |

    I meant this.

  • todd krevanchi (krvanch) | August 25, 2006 at 4:25 pm |

    “There really is NO reason to watch women’s basketball.”

    you guys havent seen sue bird…

  • Matthew | August 25, 2006 at 4:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”6638″]”There really is NO reason to watch women’s basketball.”

    you guys havent seen sue bird…[/quote]

    Granted that body suit would like good on some of them, but by and large (no pun intended) I don’t think a bodysuit uniform would be a positive for attendance in the WNBA (of course neither is the way the play…so go figure).

  • Chris Tubby | August 25, 2006 at 4:45 pm |

    [quote comment=”6638″]”There really is NO reason to watch women’s basketball.”

    you guys havent seen sue bird…[/quote]

    Sue Bird’s only worth watching if its Larry Legend in Drag. Or Big Bird, either way, I want a Yellow Dude in Celtics Garb.

  • J-Rob | August 25, 2006 at 5:00 pm |

    You gotta think, even when the ugly chicks you work with are wearing tight clothes you take a look. Get the WNBA in tighter clothes!

  • Matthew | August 25, 2006 at 5:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”6641″]You gotta think, even when the ugly chicks you work with are wearing tight clothes you take a look. Get the WNBA in tighter clothes![/quote]

    Speak for yourself. I reserve my gaze for the pretty girls around the office…no matter what they’re wearing.

  • Steve-O | August 25, 2006 at 5:21 pm |

    There have been no good USA basketball unis since 1984. I’m sure Tom O’Grady put a lot of work into those ugly Sydney ones, put they look horrid. The current ways are wwwaaayyy to simple for my liking.

  • Minna H. | August 25, 2006 at 5:28 pm |

    And the sexism rolls on. There is one reason–besides Sue Bird–to watch: women actually play as a team. Let’s stick to unis, ok, guys?

  • Tyler | August 25, 2006 at 5:31 pm |

    Jason Marquis decided to try and change his luck last night by pitching with the stirrups showing. I guess it didn’t work very well for him, but I hope he stays with it.

  • Richard | August 25, 2006 at 5:43 pm |

    Great sublte sock striping on this chick.

    (I really hope I did the link correctly.)

    Thanks, Minna H., for prompting us back on topic.

  • Matthew | August 25, 2006 at 5:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”6644″]And the sexism rolls on. There is one reason–besides Sue Bird–to watch: women actually play as a team. Let’s stick to unis, ok, guys?[/quote]

    Good point, sorry.

    You’ll never convince me that the WNBA is ‘fundamentally more sound’ though. For that matter though, the NBA hasn’t been good for years (this past year’s playoffs notwithstanding).

  • JFL | August 25, 2006 at 5:59 pm |

    I got a full 1996 Scottie Pippen USA basketball uniform for 20 bucks on ebay last year, and it is now a staple of my rare jersey collection.

  • Tom O'Grady | August 25, 2006 at 6:22 pm |

    ——————————————————
    Hi Todd-

    TK- So is nike a considered a team sponsor or manufacturer? their logo is on all team apparel they manufacturer at every level but that doesnt necessarily make them a sponsor of the team.

    TOG- They get exclusive rights to sell, manufacture and advertise and sponsor the 2006 USA Basketball Mens Senior Team. In the old days, the Dream Team.

    http://niketown.nike...

    They get to sell that $75 Swingman style jersey above and assorted products as you see at FootLocker.

    http://www.footlocke...

    In 2008 the sponsorship program will be broaded but uniform sponsor rights will be limited to Nike. A huge advertising campaign from the folks in Beaverton for the 2008 Summer Games will tart descending upon us soon.

    example; puerto rico
    i would look at that and say, nike manufactures their uniforms, however they have separate official sponsors.

    Ripon probably “manufactures” the actual game jerseys…

    burger king and 7 up sponsor their home uni’s
    http://images.sports
    and
    triple s and 7 up sponsor their away uni’s
    http://images.sports

    wouldnt you say that USA Basketball is the official sponsor of the 2006 men’s senior national team?

    No. USA Basketball is a non-profit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

    with your past affiliation with the program, you might be able to share some insight on this tom o’g

    Todd, great job today and hope this helps.

    Thanks-

    T.

  • thnom | August 25, 2006 at 6:28 pm |

    Nice article but I wasn’t really interested in the content. Being a none-US I found it rather shite really, I hate basketball and the US isn’t my country. It was well written with approriate images but the article didn’t suit me.

  • OfficialWear | August 25, 2006 at 6:42 pm |

    [quote comment=”6654″]Nice article but I wasn’t really interested in the content. Being a none-US I found it rather shite really, I hate basketball and the US isn’t my country. It was well written with approriate images but the article didn’t suit me.[/quote]

    My sympathies to you, sir. I didn’t know someone was holding a gun to your head, forcing you to read this particular blog entry.

  • Chris Coleman | August 25, 2006 at 7:44 pm |

    [quote comment=”6614″]Great job Todd! I remember, for the Gold Medal ceremony for the Dream Team, certain players (Michael Jordan, etc.) had to wear American Flags around their necks so they would the cover the Champion logo (I think) on their warm-up suits. This was because Jordan, and others, were sponsored by Nike. The dangerous affects of logo creep. You can see Jordan wearing the flag here.[/quote]

    Sorry about the link! Let me try again: Here.

  • Nastykjn | August 25, 2006 at 7:59 pm |

    [quote comment=”6655″][quote comment=”6654″]Nice article but I wasn’t really interested in the content. Being a none-US I found it rather shite really, I hate basketball and the US isn’t my country. It was well written with approriate images but the article didn’t suit me.[/quote]

    My sympathies to you, sir. I didn’t know someone was holding a gun to your head, forcing you to read this particular blog entry.[/quote]

    Our apologies to you sir. Perhaps it is our responsibility to find a blog that is more your vintage. Please feel free to peruse this sports blog instead as it would seem to better cater to your interests:

    Sports Blog

  • Nastykjn | August 25, 2006 at 8:40 pm |

    Nothing worse than talking smack and your link not working. Here’s the address to the aforementioned blog:

    http://cutesports.bl...

    (I remember Paul bringing this blog up a couple of weeks ago).

  • thnom | August 25, 2006 at 9:20 pm |

    I’ll explain myself as a fair few of you seem to have taken it to heart.

    I have absolutly no interest in Basketball, their attire maybe but basketball no. Now whilst the article was well written it seemed to lack the usual opinions making it a follow through of the USA Basketball team.

    This was meant to be constructive critisism if the guy is doing other stuff for Uniwatch and I believe they’re valid.

    “In 2002, the World Championships were held in Indianapolis. This was the start of Reebok’s relationship with USA Basketball, and the uniforms took on more of an asymmetrical approach. The stars returned to the shorts and jerseys on the right, but not on the left. The neckline was now a solid color. And the team got smoked.”

    There is absolutly nothing on the uniform thats opinion based. I want your thoughts on it!

    Sorry if I came across a prick, an arsehole or whatever, you lot did in your responses.

  • Andy | August 25, 2006 at 9:50 pm |

    I bet if I dig deep enough in my dresser I can still find my 1992 Chris Mullin Team USA jersey. If ever a logo needed to be updated, it’s the USA Basketball one.

    OMG, I’m posting about basketball uniforms, and I like basketball even less than the guy in post #76. How empty is my Friday night?

  • Tako | August 25, 2006 at 11:53 pm |

    not to brag, but all my links opened in seperate windows. maybe it’s a mac thing?

  • C.N. | August 25, 2006 at 11:55 pm |

    Chris, you’re 0-for-2 on image posting attempts.

  • Scott W | August 26, 2006 at 12:00 am |

    [quote comment=”6664″]not to brag, but all my links opened in seperate windows. maybe it’s a mac thing?[/quote]

    yeah, i’ve got a mac too, and they all opened up in a new window for me as well.

  • Michael | August 26, 2006 at 12:37 am |

    No offense to Todd, who did a very good job with the topic he chose, when I heard the topic of the day would be the FIBA world Championships, I was pretty excited, only to be let down by it JUST being Team USA oriented. I wanted a little bit of conversation on the teams involved, like Paul’s World Cup topic that was on espn.com.

  • Andrew F. | August 26, 2006 at 12:43 am |

    He fixed the links earlier.

    On another note, as appreciative as I am for Paul and what he does, this site really needs a better way to insert links. There’s at least 10 dead links in today’s comments.

  • Buckeye Mike | August 26, 2006 at 3:39 am |

    Ok, so this is about as off topic as I can go. (first, Todd, AWESOME JOB TODAY!!!!) but I was looking around the internet, and I found this page. Tell me this isn’t awesome. I may not be a Jew, but I think I could wear one of these
    Go Buckeyes!!

    Isn’t this kind of a weird one to have had?
    Ironic?

  • Chris Coleman | August 26, 2006 at 3:51 am |

    [quote comment=”6665″]Chris, you’re 0-for-2 on image posting attempts.[/quote]

    I give up!

  • Sam | August 26, 2006 at 6:51 am |

    [quote comment=”6661″]I bet if I dig deep enough in my dresser I can still find my 1992 Chris Mullin Team USA jersey. If ever a logo needed to be updated, it’s the USA Basketball one.

    OMG, I’m posting about basketball uniforms, and I like basketball even less than the guy in post #76. How empty is my Friday night?[/quote]

    Pretty much every international U.S.A. logo needs to be updated. They all look like love children of the 90’s…

    Soccer

    Hockey

    Baseball

  • Andrew F. | August 26, 2006 at 12:39 pm |

    http://www.youtube.c... I’m sorry, but that video made me lose all respect for the WNBA.

    I don’t mind the USA Hockey logo, and I can deal with the soccer one. That baseball one was never good, 90s or not.

  • Jersey Mark | August 26, 2006 at 1:06 pm |

    [quote comment=”6672″]Ok, so this is about as off topic as I can go. (first, Todd, AWESOME JOB TODAY!!!!) but I was looking around the internet, and I found this page. Tell me this isn’t awesome. I may not be a Jew, but I think I could wear one of these
    Go Buckeyes!!
    No Holy Cross!

    Isn’t this kind of a weird one to have had?
    Ironic?[/quote]

  • Andy | August 26, 2006 at 1:32 pm |

    [quote comment=”6676″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLsF6itZKVg I’m sorry, but that video made me lose all respect for the WNBA.

    I don’t mind the USA Hockey logo, and I can deal with the soccer one. That baseball one was never good, 90s or not.[/quote]

    You mean you respected the WNBA at one point?

  • Elliott | August 26, 2006 at 1:38 pm |

    [quote comment=”6672″]Ok, so this is about as off topic as I can go. (first, Todd, AWESOME JOB TODAY!!!!) but I was looking around the internet, and I found this page. Tell me this isn’t awesome. I may not be a Jew, but I think I could wear one of these
    Go Buckeyes!!

    Isn’t this kind of a weird one to have had?
    Ironic?[/quote]

    Never saw that site, but I had this when I was a kid. BTW, Todd, great job, and yeah, I’m Jewish :-)

  • Andrew F. | August 26, 2006 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”6678″][quote comment=”6676″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLsF6itZKVg I’m sorry, but that video made me lose all respect for the WNBA.

    I don’t mind the USA Hockey logo, and I can deal with the soccer one. That baseball one was never good, 90s or not.[/quote]

    You mean you respected the WNBA at one point?[/quote]

    They have a better TV deal than the NHL, so I guess to an extent, I respected the league, if not the game itself.

  • Elliott | August 26, 2006 at 1:39 pm |

    [quote comment=”6680″][quote comment=”6672″]Ok, so this is about as off topic as I can go. (first, Todd, AWESOME JOB TODAY!!!!) but I was looking around the internet, and I found this page. Tell me this isn’t awesome. I may not be a Jew, but I think I could wear one of these
    Go Buckeyes!!

    Isn’t this kind of a weird one to have had?
    Ironic?[/quote]

    Never saw that site, but I had this when I was a kid. BTW, Todd, great job, and yeah, I’m Jewish :-)[/quote]
    It would help if I put the link in:
    http://www.lidsforyi...