Hey guys, it’s about time for the All-Star Game, which means it’s exactly time for the league to unveil this year’s version of their All-Star jerseys. So let’s talk jerseys.
Here’s this year’s inspiration, per an adidas press release:
Designed by adidas, the uniforms take inspiration from Houston’s rich aeronautical history and the speed of the jet planes that dot its skies. The uniforms’ eye-catching impact camo pattern evokes the world’s fastest fleet of aircraft with the classic silhouette of a basketball net. [...]
The adidas 2013 NBA All-Star uniforms feature specially-engineered mesh to provide maximum mobility and breathability. The West (red) and East (royal blue) uniforms also feature the adidas iconic three-stripe design flanking the side of both the jersey and shorts. The uniform lettering and numbers are inspired by the stenciled style on jet planes.
Players will take to the court in black-and-white aviator-style NBA All-Star warm-ups featuring metal zippers made with a similar anodized finish used on airplanes. Each player’s jacket will be customized to represent individual career accomplishments such as NBA All-Star Game appearances and All-Star MVP awards, NBA titles, in addition to regular season awards and Scoring Championships.
Hey, sure. All I know is that I like this year’s version better than either of the past two seasons and I can’t wait to see all of the guys being cool in their bomber jackets during warmups. I don’t necessarily see the camouflage either — which is kind of the point, I guess — but I appreciate that the NBA knows what is up trend-wise.
All in all, I think these are an upgrade compared to last year’s and particularly like how the reds and blues intermingle as details. The stencil font is pretty cool too. As long as the shorts aren’t like last year’s almost-mismatched ones, this is going to be one of the better looking uniforms in the past few years. Straightforward, not very Houston and definitely not zany enough to be that memorable, but I will certainly consider purchasing a Joakim Noah one of these (fingers crossed) at All-Star Weekend before really thinking about how rarely I wear jerseys and deciding against it. When it comes to All-Star jerseys, that is high praise.
There are a few more detailed shots after the jump. Let’s hear what you think in the comments.