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22 hours ago, Tracy Jordan said:

I had been waiting for this moment ever since Charlotte officially announced they were bringing back the Hornets brand in 2014. Three years later, we finally got to see these beautiful retro unis in action and they did not disappoint...

 

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Sure, they lost... But man did they look good doing it.

ONLY because neither the Jordan Jumpman nor the sponsor tag are clearly visible in these two pictures, at least the thumbnails.

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8 hours ago, M4One said:

 

With so many teams deciding to wear colour at home more than white, I wonder if there will be a time when the city names are taken off the jerseys or maybe have two versions of each jersey; one with city name and the other with nickname.

The Thunder are wearing blue at home for national tv games specifically because it has the city name on the front, not the team name. Especially in smaller markets, that city name getting air time seems to be a big deal.

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10 hours ago, M4One said:

 

With so many teams deciding to wear colour at home more than white, I wonder if there will be a time when the city names are taken off the jerseys or maybe have two versions of each jersey; one with city name and the other with nickname.

 

I was actually thinking about this watching Celtics/Warriors last night. Since this was probably in the works for a while, I'm surprised some of the other teams didn't do it for this year when the new Nikes rolled out. Though I guess a lot of teams already had the nickname on the color jerseys. Boston is interesting as a precedent since they only put "Boston" back on the green jersey a couple years ago, and had "Celtics" on both sets for 40 years.

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16 hours ago, TheBigFiz21 said:

Going to sum up some thoughts on the recents changes/additions/matchups here:

  1. Love the Charlotte throwbacks (minus yet another ad-attacked uniform set). So now if my math serves me right, we're down to 13 teams in the league with no ads and only 4 of those teams are in the East (Bulls, Pacers, Wizards, & Heat)
  2. What made the Wizards-Pistons color matchup a difficult one for some here? The Wiz have enough red on their jerseys (front and back) for me to distinguish them from Detroit in blue.
  3. Just curious, but why don't teams with throwbacks revive an entire set from their past? Magic wearing their 90's whites at home and their blue or black jerseys on the road? Also, it'd be nice to see two teams wearing their proper classic unis from a past era against each other like if the Sixers had their Iverson-era white jerseys against the Raptors going purple/black like the days of Carter-McGrady to add to that extra feel of the past

 

On your second point, since the Wizards red have a lot of blue trim, and the Pistons blue has a lot of red trim,  I can see the argument that they blur together into a big purplish mess. On the one hand the rise of HD suggests that it's a better time for potentially problematic color-vs-color matchups; on the other hand, with so many more games being watched on phone-sized screens and potentially dodgy streams (even the legal ones), seems like contrast should be extra important.

 

On the third point, I'd imagine it's more cost effective for manufacturers to pick one set for limited runs like throwbacks, and perhaps better from a branding/marketing perspective. I see your point though. It was fun a few years back when the Celtics and Lakers were using their classic sets against each other, apart from the Lakers picking the yellow one while away.

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14 hours ago, colortv said:

Celtics logo, with color or without?

 

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I’ve always preferred it with color. Without has always looked unfinished to me.

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Unpopular Opinion: I don't like those Charlotte jerseys. The pinstripes are so far apart and the different colors clash with the base color

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Both original Charlotte Hornets sets were good.

 

I'm gonna have to search the board for it but I'm pretty sure I had a concept for an Oklahoma City Hornets/Charlotte Bobcats scenario where the Hornets kept the name but gave the color palette to the Bobcats, and the Bobcats would wear teal at home (functionally the Charlotte Hornets uniform everyone recognizes) when there was sufficient contrast, partly anticipating the NBA mix-and-match hellworld by a year or two.

 

EDIT: the Hornets switched to black and yellow, btw

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The reason those uniforms are great and the current uniforms are mediocre is that those have OUTLINES

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On 11/16/2017 at 3:24 AM, Tracy Jordan said:

I had been waiting for this moment ever since Charlotte officially announced they were bringing back the Hornets brand in 2014. Three years later, we finally got to see these beautiful retro unis in action and they did not disappoint...

 

171115_vscle02.jpg?itok=Ppm2H3Os

171115_vscle04.jpg?itok=nhMBwKLv

 

Sure, they lost... But man did they look good doing it.

 

On 11/16/2017 at 4:56 AM, Old School Fool said:

It's so good. (Except for the stupid ad patch)

 

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Nice throwback. I’ve been trying to figure out why the stripes might be so thick, and I stumbled on some interesting tidbits:

 

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The original uniform that was unveiled had the green pinstripe on the left edge of the lettering, while the Carolina blue pinstripe ran through the right center of the word. This was either flipped or cycled around at some point so that the Carolina blue pinstripe was off to the left on all the jerseys:

 

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I completely forgot about this version with the doubled stripes as well. Seeing a blurry picture of this could lead someone to make the pinstripes thicker when designing a throwback if he or she somehow didn’t realize it was a different uniform. 

 

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Why would someone use blurry photos when there are thousands of clear photos available?  Wouldn't the designer analyze all parts of the late 90s version and say "Oh, the sides are different too?"

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37 minutes ago, WSU151 said:

Why would someone use blurry photos when there are thousands of clear photos available?  Wouldn't the designer analyze all parts of the late 90s version and say "Oh, the sides are different too?"

 

Well, you or I might think it’s a no-brainer that this would be the natural process, however, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the professional world, it’s that not everyone cares the same about their job. Believe it or not, there are people out there designing uniforms for a living who aren’t all that interested in sports.

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2 hours ago, andrewharrington said:

 

Well, you or I might think it’s a no-brainer that this would be the natural process, however, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the professional world, it’s that not everyone cares the same about their job. Believe it or not, there are people out there designing uniforms for a living who aren’t all that interested in sports.

 

This. Or designers designing identites who aren't all that into branding to begin with.

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1 hour ago, mgfoxx said:

Pacers wearing their Hickory throwbacks last night. gettyimages-875501506_master.jpg?itok=Ya

 

I still don’t get the Hickory throwbacks. They should’ve went with the FloJo’s instead.

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3 hours ago, andrewharrington said:

 

Well, you or I might think it’s a no-brainer that this would be the natural process, however, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the professional world, it’s that not everyone cares the same about their job. Believe it or not, there are people out there designing uniforms for a living who aren’t all that interested in sports.

 

Ok, fair point, but you think Nike has their bored, uninterested, C- team working on NBA unis?

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2 hours ago, WSU151 said:

 

Ok, fair point, but you think Nike has their bored, uninterested, C- team working on NBA unis?

 

Im not going to speculate, but how many throwbacks have you seen that have been dead on perfect? Design skills don’t necessarily equal research skills. Sometimes the leagues will even provide style guides for throwbacks, and while those can be notoriously inaccurate, the desire to correct it isn’t always present at every step of the ladder.

 

If the league provides the design assets, a designer may never even touch the thing. It may go straight to the sample and production process.

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