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  1. NBA Changes 2018-19

  2. NBA Changes 2017-18

    The jersey #s on those Wizards' unis can't be visible from the stands.
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    Oof. Why is the wordmark outline/trim in a different color than the outline/trim for the numbers? I don't see the wordmark trim color appear anywhere else on the uniform.
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    Yeah, Toronto is taking the co-branding with Drake too far. The Nets did a good job of drafting off of Jay-Z's street cred without overdoing it. They play classic Brooklyn hip hop as part of the in-game entertainment (Biggie, Gangstarr, Jay-Z, etc.), but they also play songs from other artists as well. They use slogans that reference Jay-Z, yet still work for the team, e.g., Hello Brooklyn, Brooklyn We Go Hard, etc. Yet they maintain other ties to their borough (e.g., the Brooklyn Dodgers alts) and to their franchise (their fauxback New York Nets' jerseys). And it's not as if the Nets' new black/white color scheme was a specific nod to Jay-Z (sure, he wore black and white on an album cover once, but they weren't his signature colors, per se). The Raptors' use of Drake's black and gold doesn't have any dual meaning for the city or the franchise that I'm aware off, other than "we're using Drake's colors."
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    "Welcome Toronto" is odd phrasing, agreed. Are the Raptors always the visiting team? Or is that their way of welcoming the fans?
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    That "Welcome" kinda reminds me of the old "The Finals" font.
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    ESPN's graphics department hasn't bothered to update the Wizards' wallpaper in some time. That "W" looks like it hails from the blue/black/bronze era.
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    If you're right, I assume they won't say "EAST" and "WEST" down the shorts, either.
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    I wish the Wizards/Nike had used the simplified "the district" wordmark seen on their dance team's uniforms (swipe to the second and third pic). It's a much cleaner design (obligatory rhinestones aside). (Edit: here are the pics from Twitter; flipping through the IG pics can be a pain for some) There are more enough explicit DC references in the design (the DC flag, the references to the Washington Monument in the word mark, logo, and side panel) to make it unambiguous that "the district" refers to the District of Columbia. It's certainly more obvious than "Buzz City," "ripcity," or "North."
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    As I said in a later post, it's growing on me a bit. As for the same-color #s: I'm hoping that the beveled details will improve legibility. We'll see. It's gotta be better than the Raptors' black-on-black #s with a thin gold outline.
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    More pics of the Wizards' City Edition: The kerning on the "THE" is too crowded. Other than that: it's growing on me.
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    Oh no, the wordmark *and* numbers are at an angle? I'm sure they'll come up with some Nikespeak about how the angle matches the angle surveyed by Benjamin Banneker, or some such. EDIT: oh, it might just be the odd angle of the jersey in the photo. Meanwhile, I (still) challenge the board to find an NBA jersey in history with more letters on the front. I don't care how small they made the font; that word mark is too busy.
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    The downside to a light bone/parchment/vintage white uni is that it will look off when paired with standard white accessories (socks, sneakers, compression sleeves, etc.). I hope the players will opt for blue or red accessories instead.
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    That's a great looking jersey. That said, after the Nugs' uni release, I'm nervous about Nike's/teams' willingness to add unexpected ugliness to the shorts. Those Nuggets' unis looked relatively conservative until the shorts came into view.
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    Aesthetics aside: there appear to be a lot of extra, asymmetrical seams on this jersey -- even more than in the Blazers' diagonal sash. Wouldn't this run counter to Nike's purported "performance first" design philosophy? Why bother innovating with scapular seams and vents if you're going to do this?