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Report: Brooklyn Nets developing black-and-white, stars-and-stripes jersey

Jan 17, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

The Brooklyn Nets have OK uniforms. They’re clean and simple, two traits I usually value, but they’re just a little too simple:

source: Getty Images

Back when the franchise was the New York Nets, they had really cool red-white-and-blue uniforms:

source: Getty Images

Might the Nets try integrating the vertical stars-and-stripes on the left side of their black-and-white uniforms? Paul Lukas of Uni Watch has obtained a rendering of just that, reportedly created by the Nets.

You’ll have to click through to see the jersey, but it’s worth it. It looks awesome.

There’s just one catch: Lukas says the real version will have sleeves. Ugh (though I think I would take the the tradeoff if forced).

It’s not clear where this jersey is in development or how often the Nets would wear it, but I’d certainly endorse it becoming their standard home jersey, with the corresponding road jersey inspired by this:

source: Getty Images

Lukas has also obtained a mockup of the soon-to-be Charlotte Hornets home uniform (again click through to see). It’s solid, though just having the purple-and-teal Charlotte Hornets back might be skewing my opinion too positive. I don’t really like the “Hornets” font, and the numbers are too blocky. But the understated style and one-sided vertical stripes are cool.

Lastly, Lukas includes one his reader’s really cool designs. Remember when All-Stars used to wear their own teams’ uniforms like this?

The NBA, wanting to sell All-Star jerseys, won’t go back to that. But the hometown pride in a national contest certainly added something, and I liked the aesthetics.

So how about a compromise? All-Stars still wear the colors representing their conference, but the uniform has the logo of their actual team and is stylized for their actual team. Check out the examples here.

I think those might even sell better than the current All-Star jerseys.

  1. doubledown44 - Jan 17, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I really like those all-star jerseys that keep the team’s logo.

  2. davidly - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    They’re clean and simple, two traits I usually value…
    Wait ’til they have more decals than a NASCAR. Then you’ll love ’em.

  3. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    even with the stars, they seem to be lacking something in my opinion.

  4. buttfumbles - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    They wore these as throwbacks in 2002/2003

  5. norcalkingsfan - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Anything that strays from their god-awful white and black scheme. Black and white color schemes are for the color blind, literally.

  6. brianscalabrine - Jan 17, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    There is no way Dr. J and Denzel Washington are not related. NO WAY.

  7. antistratfordian - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    I don’t see how the name “Nets” translates into patriotic symbolism… but whatever. I guess it’s because they were originally called the Americans. Bring back the stars, then. Why not?

  8. apkyletexas - Jan 17, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    It’s interesting – I take one look at a photo of Dr. J in his prime, and I instantly realize he would still dominate the league today if he were between 20-35 years old. He just had a vastly superior athletic build.

    • louhudson23 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      You needed a photo to know that the Doctor would dominate?

  9. Dogsweat - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    One of the best jerseys ever, bring in back quickly!!! Put silver in , instead of white!

  10. genericcommenter - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    So, he wants the bench to roll more? Is it supposed to be some sort of massaging bench? I do understand his concern, since he spends so much time sitting, but he’s pretty well compensated, and he’s free to stand up waving a towel or stretch out on the floor. I don’t see the NBA culture adopting the rolling bench anytime soon.

  11. genericcommenter - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    WOW, the site went crazy and changed pages while I was commenting! That comment was obviously about Kurt’s nonsense “roll of bench” post.

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