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NBA says Knicks are free to ditch orange alternate uniforms

Dec 9, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

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The Knicks suffered their worst loss of the season on Sunday, losing by 41 points to a Celtics team that shouldn’t beat anybody by that much.

And they did so wearing their alternate orange uniforms.

Whether the 12 noon tip time or the orange color scheme is messing with the Knicks on these weekend games we’ll never know for sure.

But if New York believes the alternate uniforms are somehow bad luck, they are free to not wear them for the rest of the season after meeting the league’s minimum requirement.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

If he wishes, the eccentric Dolan can forever shelve those new alternate orange jerseys after the Knicks fell to 0-6 in the uniforms with Sunday’s 114-73 disgrace to Boston at the Garden.

According to an NBA official, the Knicks have now fulfilled the minimum requirement for the number of times they have to wear the brand new, all-orange jerseys that appear as haunted as Halloween.

The NBA official told The Post the Knicks can wear the uniforms a maximum of 18 times this season and no fewer than six times under league rules.

It would be almost comical for the Knicks to blame these losses on a jersey color and indeed ditch the uniforms for the remainder of the schedule; it feels like the early start time would be more of a real factor in affecting the team’s performance.

But if the club decides there’s something amiss with the uniforms, they’re not bound by the league to wear them even one more time this season.

  1. phillysports1 - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    So they wanna blame a 41 point loss on the uniforms ??? NY teams have an excuse for everything smfh

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      I’d be surprised if they wear them again.

      They’ll look to change any small thing to change their luck…except ball movement (besides those 2 games).

  2. ocgunslinger - Dec 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    That’s obviously the problem in NY and it’s in plain sight.

  3. davidly - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Please. Amidst an otherwise dreadful season, this uniform is a lone bright spot.

    • davidly - Dec 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      One might even say the highlight of an up-to-now dismal drama for the team.

      • elcapitanfiscal - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        Yep. The only thing that stands out about this team

  4. elcapitanfiscal - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    The uniforms are the the only things that showed up to that Celtics blowout

  5. csbanter - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    No one outside the Knicks organization expected them to compete for an NBA championship, so why is everyone surprised at their record. The Knicks have become the Atlanta Hawks before Danny Ferry.

  6. asimonetti88 - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Blaming a loss on start time is as silly as blaming it on the jersey color. The Celtics also had to start at 12 PM, they did just fine. The Knicks lost because they got outplayed.

  7. cruzan80 - Dec 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    The uniform thing is obviously stupid but why do they play so many noon games???

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I actually like those jerseys.

  9. yankees218 - Dec 9, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Can anyone please show me where in this article anyone from the Knicks organization says they blame these uniforms for all their losses?? Please…

    • davidly - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      I hear you, man. But just in case you’re new to how journalism works, I’m’onn’ help ya out:

      Somebody journalist or another uses a kind of language…

      But if New York believes the alternate uniforms are somehow bad luck…

      …that can be interpreted as either wholesale speculation, or seen to contain an implied basis in reality.

      The rest run with it, and before you know it, most of the people you ask who heard anything about it will swear they were there when it happened.

  10. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    The Nuggets weren’t wearing Orange uniforms and they got blown out in the first quarter by the Celtics in a game two days prior. Celtics are the first team since 63′ to outscore opponents by that high a margin in the first quarter over a two game span.

    • jcmeyer10 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Was at that game and if I didn’t know any better, I would think they are a complete team.

  11. sdelmonte - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    The uniforms are seeking permission to ditch the Knicks.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 10, 2013 at 3:02 AM

      Flawless! LOL^

  12. mytthor - Dec 10, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Wouldn’t be the worst rationale Dolan ever used for a decision.

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