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I'll round out the West Division with the Mersey Tigers.

 

This was one of the teams that I revived for the 'What..if?' part of that project.

 

An expansion team for the 2007-08 season, as the Everton Tigers - a partnership between Everton F.C. and the new team. The funding from the football team was withdrawn in the summer of 2010, and the team was rebranded as the Mersey Tigers. They carried on until financial problems caused the team to withdraw from the league.

 

As  with the court, the tiger pront was not subtle, and so I carried this on - at least for the third.

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I think your Mersey set is on that exceptional tier with Bristol; those two stand out so much so far in this series! The gradient looks really nice, and the font choice is really cool. If I had any complaints, it'd be the different stroke weights on the text at home (I'd split the difference, personally) and that the away doesn't have the small white collar/sleeve trim like the home does.

 

I like the tartan idea for Glasgow; it makes for a good identifying element and a good use of the colors... But their applications on the shorts and jersey do not gel well. I think the tartan should be consistent across both jersey and shorts, and EITHER stay contained to the side panels OR fill the whole blue base without any gradient.

Not feeling the weird inclusion of cyan on the third, but otherwise it looks nice and the mountains are a nice touch (which I wouldn't mind seeing emphasized further!)

 

Manchester's home and away are solid as-is, though a part of me wants to see a forest green gap between the lime side panels and their white trim to match the numbers.

I know you're doing a sorta fauxback design, but purple, black, and lime green is a rough color scheme... I think it'd be better if the collar/sleeve trim matched the side panels, leaving only the star of the logo green. That said, I'd imagine a fauxback to this design would be nicer still.

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Thanks for the comments. :)

 

Mersey - I'd not noticed that with the line weights, so thanks for pointing that out. And good spot with the white trim - that'd make it much better.

 

Rocks - I see what you mean with the tartan. It drifts from centre on the jersey to side on the shorts. I'll revisit that one.
I took the cyan cue from one of the Rocks current set. Maybe I should have gone opposide with the cyan as the main colour base of the jersey. They also had a hot pink one (sponsorship) which now I look at it, makes me think I need to do a fourth set..

 

Giants -Yep, reversing the side panels would be much better. As for fauxbacks... that's a good idea. I'll add it to the fourth jersey 'to do list' with the hot pink Rocks. The Riders have a Diwali night jersey which I'd love to recreate too.

 

EDIT:

Here's a update to the Giants. Three stripe side panel and more purple.

 

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Starting off the next divison, the South East, we have another 'What..if' team from the Courts thread - the Brighton Bears.

 

The real life Bears played from '73 until they folded in '06. They famously signed Dennis Rodman for three games back in their final season.

I have adapted the logo of the Sussex Bears, a NBL D2 team that has aspriations to join the BBL one day (with plans for a new area proposed). Sussex have a purple and fuschia colour combination (that I could still adapt for fauxbacks or city edition) - however I've gone with a different scheme for this set.

 

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Up next, its the 2021/22 champions, Leicester Riders.

 

I've gone with their mid-2010's style jersey (as opposed the all red/pinstripes they currently sport). For the third I've added the Cinqfoil from the city's coat of arms.

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Up next, the two captial city teams. The first, from 'saaf of tha rivah' the London City Royals. A team that only played from 2018 to 2020, although managing to win 1 BBL in that short stint.

 

I've brought them back for this project, firstly because you'd think that in a city of 9.5m people, it should be able to sustain two basketball teams. Secondly, they've got a decent idenity - perhaps with a 'love it or hate it' logo.

 

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Staying in Londinium we now have the second (and older) team. The London Lions go back to '77 when they were the Hemel Hempstead Lakers. moving around numerous times until arriving in London in the Olympic year 2012.

 

Previously they used purple and gold (a nod to the Lakers nickname no doubt) however they recently rebranded to a black, white and brick colour scheme. I've kept their home and road close to their actual set, but I've gone with a brick third with a skyline relief as they previously had on their old gold jerseys. I've also added the outline of the River Thames to the shorts.

 

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Rounding out the Southern Conf. East this week we start off with the Reading Rockets. Currently a NBL Div.1 team, who have submitted a request to join the BBL soon. (A week later followed by the City of Birmingham Rockets).

 

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The last team in the divison is the Surrey Scorchers.

 

Currently the team has shoulder sleeves on their jersey - which I couldn't quite manage to get to look right  - however I've kept thier pink and blue look on the jerseys.

For their third, I've gone with a checkerboard pattern, taking inspiration from the Surrey coat of arms.

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The Scorchers look really great; a really nice adaption of the real thing to a sleeveless jersey. My only suggestion would be to enlarge the Surrey wordmark on the road and to shift the numbers up a bit.

 

Pretty neutral about the Royals set, but I have no serious complaints. Not crazy about the double-outlined text but it's okay. I guess I'd prefer cuff striping on the shorts here, like your Leicester concept has.

I feel similarly about your Leicester set, though the gold feels quite out of place at home. The alternate is kinda fun, and I wonder if there could be another cinquefoil emanating from the top?

 

I think if the Rockets' gradients were simplified (i.e. at home: yellow pants, black/red/yellow instead of Bk/R/Y/R/Bk, away: black pants, yellow/red/black instead of Y/Bk/R), they'd be excellent, but as-is they're not quite there. Much like your Flyers set, the alt is quite nice.

 

I'm not feeling the Bears set. The script treatment and font really don't appeal to me, especially that away gradient text.

I'd rather see a modernization of this retro logo, but if you keep the ripped Vancouver Grizzlies logo, arched text a-la Indiana Pacers around it would probably work well. Thinner side panel stripes would also be nicer, I think.

On the other hand, the colors are good, and the color hierarchy at home is nice. The road color hierarchy could use some work (maybe all teal collar/sleeve trim and all brown text?)

 

Lastly, the Lions are looking really classy! Much better than the bland jerseys I see in their photos. That alternate is fun without going overboard, for sure. Funny that their logo conveys "Royals" better than the Royals' one, though that's not on you :P

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Thanks for the comments and guidance. I'll start working my way through some alterations.

 

Leicester - the gold does stand out, now you mention it, it was something the team had after their championship the previous season, (IIRC), so doesn't [i]have[/i] to be there. However they are the current champs. :)

 

Royals - the double outline is something I took from their court design I did. I guess just because its on the court, it doesn't have to be on the jersey too.

 

Bears - hands up, I have no idea quite what I was thinking about that gradient on the wordmark. And maybe I should try to update their actual-but-defunct logo, rather than using Sussex's one.

 

Thanks for the compliments on the Lions third. I'm pleased how it turned out - even with that odd LDN secondary logo.

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Whilst I work on the udpates, I'll carry on. We now start our final divison, Northern Conference East Division.

 

First up, the partial "what..if?" Derbyshire Spartans. They currrently play in NBL Div2, but what if they did move up to the BBL?

I've added the insert for the pattern as it looked dreadful on the jerseys themselves.

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Next in the divison, is another What..if?

The Edinburgh Captails were an ice hockey team playing in the Scottish capital from 1998-2018. The city lost its basketball team in '02 when the rocks relocated to Glasgow.
There have been attempts to revive BBL basketball in Edinburgh, but they have yet to come to fruition. So here, is a very 'what..if?' scenario of reviving both the identity and basketball in 'Auld Reekie'.

 

I've tried to keep the set simple, just going with the pinstripes. However I've adapted the Saltire jersey that the Caps played in for a distinctive look.

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We're now heading to the last of the teams in the division. I do have the revisions to start, plus the updates on those teams posted without shorts.

 

As we're down to the last couple of teams, we'll have a twofer. There may even be the odd retro or fourth/limited edition jersey appear now and then.

 

That out of the way, we have our penultimate team, the Sheffild Sharks. As with their court, I have reversed the colour blocks of their actual logo (keeping the colour pallette the same).

 

The wave pattern comes from one of their existing sets.

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