There’s no NBA, at least for now, but there are new NBA uniforms — maybe. A bunch of new designs emerged from a hacked video game yesterday. Are they legit? I honestly have no idea, but most of these video leaks in recent years have proven to be pretty accurate, so let’s take a look:
• The new Grizzlies alternate: Yes, that’s the only view of it that’s available. Looks like they’re doing a Memphis Tams ABA throwback. And if you’re asking yourself if the Tams actually wore mismatched jerseys and shorts, the answer is yes. Naturally, I love the green/gold combo (which the Tams wore because, of course, they were owned by Charlie Finley). Everyone else will hate this, but I think it’s the best argument so far for settling the lockout.
• The new Raptors alternate: Never mind, let the lockout last the rest of the season.
• The new Heat alternate: BFBS BS. Pfeh.
• The new Kings alternate: Old-school script and new-school number font don’t mesh well at all, and those colored panels on the shorts are garish-and-a-half. Yeesh.
• The new Bobcats throwback: That’s supposedly the rear view of a Carolina Cougars ABA throwback. Not bad.
• The new Sixers alternate: Or at least I’m assuming that’s an alternate. Could be the new road uni, I suppose. Either way, I like. Much nicer than the solid-red design.
The new Clippers alternate: Nobody cares.
• The new Nets throwback: Why not just put “Brooklyn” on the jersey now?
Again, I have no idea if any of these are the real deal. But this is definitely legit: This season’s NBA All-Star Game logo. Will that game even be played?
Uni Watch News Ticker: Here’s the best article I’ve ever seen about the Brewers’ sausage races. … Good story about logo creep and sponsorship in the NHL (from Ryan Connelly). … Two good catches by Yogi Combs: First, MLB logo/ribbon creep has now spread to pink Tooth Fairy necklaces. And Texas A&M must have pulled a jersey switcheroo for a special teams play, because one player had a No. 74 helmet and a NNOB No. 96 jersey. … Is Yuniesky Betancourt using one of those pink Mother’s Day bats? “That photo doesn’t quite do it justice, but on the TV it looks quite pink,” says Michael Couillard. … New throwback packaging for Genesee beer (big thanks to Brad Tucker). … Here’s an early batting helmet concept I hadn’t seen before: air-cushioned tubing, from 1922 (great find by Tom Shieber). … The Blues have added a memorial decal for Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev. They both wore No. 38, so just one number on the decal. In addition, Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak has a tribute to Demitra on his backplate (from Joel Francis). … Whoa, did you realize Al Davis once coached for the Chargers? I didn’t, until Brady Phelps sent me that link. … Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was wearing the team’s alternate-uni socks for Saturday’s home opener. “If memory serves, the team last wore those socks in 2009, a full year before Crawford joined the team,” says Tom Juettner. … Okay, this is seriously weird: NBA teams can’t have anything to do with their players during the lockout, so the Nuggets are trying to generate a bit of buzz by honoring a hockey player (from Anthony Tamilio). … New sweatbacks for UNC. … The Brewers are adding a memorial patch for head groundskeeper Gary VandenBerg, who passed away on Monday (from Robert Erdtmann). … Ecuador’s goalie was wearing a backwards “DirectTV HD” cap last night (screen shot by Dave Raglin). … More details about this weekend’s College GameDay show: An ESPN crew visited my house last night to interview for a segment about uniforms, plus they’re planning a “uniform fashion show” featuring a panel of judges that will include uni designer Todd Radom. Must-see TV! … If you click through the five pages of this message board thread, you’ll see tons of old ballplayers wearing sweaters. The most interesting one is this one — a pullover, not a cardigan! Hadn’t seen one like that before (big thanks to David Brown). … New logo for Easton (from Scott Lederer).