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  1. New jersey sponsor for the Pistons beginning next season: https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/2021/06/03/uwm-logo-detroit-pistons-jerseys/7504513002/ Actually looks somewhat less obtrusive than the Flagstar patch on the Association jerseys:
  2. One of the Pistons' beat writers put out an article a few years ago that made it sound like teal era Classic editions are coming for the 2022-23 season. He all but officially confirmed them in the article. Unclear if it will be the teal or the maroon ones. If this is the case, I doubt the City edition will be teal for next season. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/pistons/2019/11/18/detroit-pistons-tantalizing-teal-jerseys-could-hit-court-again-2022/4228726002/ God, I hope so but doubt it. Personally I've pretty much given up hope on the Pistons ever bringing back the reds. It's been almost 15 years since they discontinued them and the powers that be there seem to love those terrible gray ones, for whatever reason.
  3. As a Pistons fan, I always appreciate the fact that Jack McCloskey was able to swindle Laimbeer from Stepien because he preferred a Polish player on his team. https://www.nba.com/amp/pistons/features/big-deal-pistons-beat-midnight-deadline-swindle-cavs-out-bill-laimbeer
  4. Adam Silver has done good stuff, but I certainly don’t understand his seeming desire to turn the NBA into European soccer. Mid-season tournaments, excessive kits, etc.
  5. I remember Adidas suddenly outfitting a number of teams in gray around 2014 or 2015. Most of them were smart enough to ditch it after a year or two (except the Pistons who made it a permanent part of their identity for some reason), but it seems to be getting a second wind now under Nike.
  6. I thought one of @Conrad.’s concepts captured a potential Mavs update pretty well. It seems like Mark Cuban and the management want to stay on the 2001 branding while the fan base wants a return to green. This would be a pretty good compromise, IMO.
  7. That’s the Nike City edition program in a nutshell, outside of a select few.
  8. I’m OK with Statement edition being used in the playoffs, which theoretically should still fall within a team’s normal branding, but certainly not the City edition.
  9. All of those teams have plenty of equity built up in red and black, the Heat included of course. While Vice is fine in a vacuum, and would be perfectly acceptable to add to the Heat brand as a regular (appropriately used) alternate, I personally don’t think it would be wise to rebrand to it full time. To me, it’s gimmicky, and while it does fit Miami, they have the 30 years of history built up in the current identity. If they were a day 1 expansion team again, it would OK to go with it but I don’t ever think it’s a compelling argument to change colors/jerseys just because “other teams also use those colors.” This is the same thing I believe whenever I see people saying the team I follow, the Pistons, should change their identity and don’t give a great reason as to why beyond “there are already blue and red teams in the league.”
  10. Conrad, the crusher of hopes and dreams.
  11. It’s strange; I would never be caught dead wearing a v-neck t-shirt over a crew neck, yet for some reason I always liked the wishbone on basketball jerseys. Guess I was the right age at the right time when those debuted - I was a big fan of all the Nike ones that were introduced around that time (Lakers, Raptors, Mavs, Heat, Pistons) which all used similar design elements for the most part. The Mavs have probably aged the worst, but the Lakers, Heat, and Pistons were all based on older classic jerseys so they’ve held up over time IMO, with the Heat and Pistons still being in use to the current day.
  12. I've noticed that Bally's has made the gray space under the scorebug somewhat if not totally transparent, which helps a little. Still holding out hope that that they will eliminate the continuous out of town scores ticker, although that's probably unlikely.
  13. I've said it before but the Kobe/Shaq era jerseys will always be the best Lakers jerseys to me. I still don't fully understand why they felt the need to change in 2018. That incarnation transitioned fine to the Nike Aeroswift template in 2017. https://www.nba.com/lakers/news/170808-lakers-nike-uniforms
  14. The crux of the problem with the City edition program: Overuse.
  15. Great thoughts - I’d agree with pretty much everything here. My biggest bugaboo with the City edition program is the frequency; the majority of them are not good but I think most of us would live with them if they weren’t used so damn often. A limit of 8-10 times a season would be reasonable, and eliminate the requirement to change them every season. If a design is good (original Heat Vice or Utah sunset), it can be kept indefinitely. Definitely nothing beyond the core three (icon, association, and statement) available for teams in the playoffs. Some of the matchups we’ve gotten in recent years are terrible. Cavs or Raptors winning championships in glorified practice jerseys is unforgivable, IMO. I remember plenty of other questionable matchups, particularly in all those Cavs-Warriors series. If Nike is dead set on pumping out more jerseys for sales, look into expending the Hardwood Classics/Classic Edition program more instead of the City edition. Historical jerseys I think would be a lot more palatable for people and I think realistically could generate more sales than some of the off-the-wall City stuff that is being pumped out.
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