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Knicks and Hawks played each other while wearing the same-colored uniforms

Nov 19, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

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Is orange a light or dark color?

That all-so-critical question was probably one the NBA didn’t spend enough time pondering.

Playing at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, the Knicks wore their alternate orange uniforms. The Hawks wore their road reds. The result: a blurred on-court mash of two colors right next to each other in the rainbow. (Roy G. Biv, kids. Roy G. Biv.)

Apparently, the Knicks and Hawks weren’t the problem. The NBA’s guidelines didn’t adequately account for this matchup.

Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times:

According to the N.B.A. rule book, the home team is mandated to wear light-colored jerseys, and the visitors dark jerseys, unless otherwise approved. This would explain Atlanta’s uniform choice.

“Neither team was at fault,” Tim Frank, the N.B.A.’s vice president for basketball communications, said. “The Knicks orange has been designated as a light alternate home uniform. Going forward, we’ll ensure that the opponent wears a more distinguishing color uniform when the Knicks wear orange.”

I’m a bit surprised the NBA wasn’t prepared for this. More than a third of the league – Hawks, Bulls, Cavaliers, Rockets, Clippers, Heat, Bucks, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Raptors and Wizards – has red uniforms.

I’m not quite as surprised the Knicks and Hawks weren’t prepared. Schonbrun:

The first half especially was filled with sloppy play and errant passes.

Carmelo Anthony dismissed a question that the uniforms had any effect on the game, which the Knicks lost, 110-90.

He referred to the suggestion as “nitpicking.”

Considering all the Knicks’ problems, it probably is nitpicking. But that might say more about the Knicks than the uniforms. If the Spurs and Heat played a sloppy game while both wearing their black jerseys, the uniforms would probably be the culprit.

  1. socalgal64 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    As the Knicks were at home, you’d think they could pull out their white unis instead, since the Hawks couldn’t very well run home and get an alternate.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      I would hope teams bring more than one set of jerseys on the road, but who knows.

      • socalgal64 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        It still would have been a road jersey, most likely red.

  2. azarkhan - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Why are the Knicks wearing those ugly orange uniforms? Please go back to white, the orange is grotesque.

  3. chitownmatt - Nov 19, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    “Going forward, we’ll ensure that the opponent wears a more distinguishing color uniform when the Knicks wear orange.”

    Wow, that’s an @sshole response if I ever heard one.

    I really can’t see how they could call those “light” uniforms. Either you are wearing colors or whites, its as simple as that.

    If they were “light-colored” they wouldn’t have their player names in white font.

    • spursareold - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      There are a lot of home uniforms that aren’t white.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    It’s so easy (and has become very boring) to pile on the Knicks. They got backhanded compliments last year, and now every little thing is blown out of proportion now that they’re struggling again.

  5. legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Nothing is going right with the Knicks.

    • legend30 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      I mean it has come to the point, where people are now talking about their uniforms… Dark times for the Knicks.

  6. tridecagon - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    This happens all the time in college. Watching Illinois-Wisconsin games is often impossible.

  7. wtfruthinkn - Nov 19, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Another example of upper management screwing things up without consulting with players or coaches.

  8. much6in23the24clutch7 - Nov 19, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Watching the highlights of the game, at some points it really was hard to tell the difference between both teams. next time the knicks should just bring out there white jerseys against a darker color jersey team

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