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  1. NBA Changes 2017-18

    Well, my idea for a "Chocolate City"-themed jersey may not fly. I guess any other ideas would either be too obscure/abstract (not sure how to pull off a go-go themed jersey), or just as tourist-centric as the marble (e.g., cherry blossoms). FWIW, Adidas once released a cherry blossom-themed colorway of John Wall's signature shoe:
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    Re: the Wizards' marble side panels: I get it. The owner likes pushing the monuments as part of the city's brand. His holding company for the Wizards and Caps is called Monumental Sports Group. And, I suppose, when tourists think of DC, they think of the various world-famous monuments and memorials around the city. But I would've preferred something that resonates more with the locals.
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    If accurate, the Wizards' mockup wordmark is way too busy. - "the district of columbia" is too wordy. Either go with "the district" (my preference), or "district of columbia" - I would've preferred a different script. Dotting both "i's with balls is too much.
  4. NBA Changes 2017-18

    The Dubs' "Champions" emblazoned warm-up hoodies were pitch perfect in their obnoxiousness. :-) I assume they were a one-off for tonight's ring ceremony, but I'd love it if they went full heel and just wore those all season.
  5. NBA Changes 2017-18

    I had hoped that Nike would fix the "black base layer" problem, and provide players with coordinated base layers to wear. But there's Wade in the season opener wearing a black compression shirt under his white Cavs uni.
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    I like the Town jerseys, too. But who phoned in the photo shoot by using the bad graffiti font in the background?
  7. NBA Changes 2017-18

    My wife and I were ogling those. I'm sure they'll be *steep* (e.g., $120+), but they're nice. I still long for the days of customized team warmups, rather than a league-wide template every year. But this design (either in the team color or in neutral charcoal) looks nicer to me than the various templates Adidas trotted out.
  8. NBA Changes 2017-18

    Oof. Is that a *red* tint inside the 3-point arc? I don't like that at all. But, hopefully it will remind the Wizards not to take so many long 2s at home.
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    +1. I hope this also marks the end of those black, sleeved base layers players would wear. It's one thing if we're talking about the kinesiological tape -- but an entire shirt? Why not make that layer in a team color? This looks horrible.
  10. NBA Changes 2017-18

    I would hope/assume that Nike would provide players with base layers designed to neatly fit under their uni template. The league has rules about what kinds of base layers and extraneous equipment players can wear. And, given that the league apparently required players to wear Adidas base layers under the previous contract... ...I assume they'll now require players to wear Nike gear going forward. That said, it seemed as if some Adidas endorsers pushed the envelope under the old contract. I found Dwight's gaudy arm sleeve distracting, but since he was shilling an Adidas product, the league and the manufacturer were (presumably) fine with all of that silver "trim," despite violating the letter of the guidelines (silver is not a team color for the Lakers). I'll note that I don't recall ever seeing a non-Adidas endorser wear the Dwight Howard-style two-color arm sleeve. vs. In any event, it's possible that Nike will now flex its muscle and encourage select Nike athletes (like Paul George) to wear more eye-catching Nike base layers, arm sleeves, etc., in order to promote the brand.
  11. NBA Changes 2017-18

    I'm sure that's by design: they want to be the team for all of Canada, not just Toronto. After the Senators left DC, the Orioles tried to position themselves as the team of the mid-Atlantic/DMV -- so they removed "Baltimore" from the away jerseys. Once baseball returned to DC, "Baltimore" returned to the O's jerseys.
  12. NBA Changes 2017-18

    I don't see the white accents in the 2K version. Or, is that George's base layer peeking out?
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    They simplified the pick axe logo on the belt way too much. Now it just looks like an x-stitch, like you'd see on a army surplus jacket.
  14. NBA Changes 2017-18

    Agreed. They should create a white version (say, with an orange wordmark & navy #s) and add the "Thunder blue Doppler effect" graphic on the back. Then, they can throw the current primaries in the trash.
  15. NBA Changes 2017-18

    Wow, the sublimated graphic on the back of that Pacers' statement uni caught me by surprise. I don't mind it -- and I like the lack of white. However, it's unfortunate that both UTA and IND introduced with yellow alts w/ navy accents and no white trim in the same season.