Every year, some NBA teams get the retro hookup while all the other suckers have to suffer through a season full of plain Jane regular uniforms, alternate uniforms and commemorative uniforms. Bo-ring.
But for those lucky teams who get to dress like it’s the 1970s all over again, we’ll take a look at their brand new old jerseys. Come along and ride on, this fantastic voyage.
San Antonio Spurs — 1970-71 San Antonio Chapparals (ABA)
It’s pretty obvious that the novelty of this uniform comes from the name, rather than a hilariously dated style. I’m OK with that but they could really play up the Chaps name by actually playing in chaps. Something to think about in the future.
Denver Nuggets — 1975-76 Denver Nuggets (ABA)
Seen it before, but still pretty good. Even better if George Karl wears it over a turtleneck again.
Minnesota Timberwolves — 1967-68 Minnesota Muskies (ABA)
Love this so much. The colors are delightfully old-school and the idea of a basketball team being named after a lake fish is incredible. I also really like the idea of Ricky Rubio being told what a musky is and trying to figure out why he’s wearing this jersey. Excellent.
Charlotte Bobcats — 1969-70 Charlotte Cougars (ABA)
This feels like an upgrade in each and every way. The colors are better, the design is better and cougars are way bigger and fiercer than bobcats. Switch to these permanently maybe?
Miami Heat — 1970-71 Miami Floridians (ABA)
Seen these before. Couldn’t be more Miami — and it’s always fun to see these cool guys looking silly — so these get my stamp of approval.
New Jersey Nets — 1972-73 New York Nets (ABA)
So great. Best of the bunch, I’d say. Plus, it gives us all a chance to get used to the Nets rocking New York stuff on their chests, which will be helpful for next season. Always good to be prepared.
Indiana Pacers — 1971-72 Indiana Pacers (ABA)
Are these actually the photo negatives of those famous Hawks jerseys? No? OK, well Tyler Hansbrough will still look really cool in them.
Los Angeles Clippers — 1968-69 Los Angeles Stars (ABA)
Oh man, the tiny “O” and “E” on this kills me. It’s so low-rent, so “this was a good idea in 1969″ and so early-90s video games that I can’t help but like it.
Like these? Hate ‘em? Hate other things? Let us know in the comments.
(via Chris Creamer)