On Tuesday the National Basketball Assn. and Adidas took the wraps off the uniforms players will be wearing for the NBA All-Star game scheduled to take place early next year in New York City.
The 2015 uniforms have a clean, classic almost retro look to them, with the hosting Eastern Conference wearing white with black lettering and blue numerals and edging detail, while the visiting Western Conference will be clad in black unis with white lettering, red numerals and blue edging detail.
Each player's jersey sports a side panel (on the left for players from the East, on the right side for players hailing from the West) of five vertical military-style stars, a stylistic homage to the host city.
"The NBA All-Star Game is a celebration of the host city and basketball culture, and this year we created our most detailed and sophisticated uniforms to date that pay homage to New York and All-Star weekend," Chris Grancio, Adidas' global basketball general manager, said in announcing the design. "We took inspiration from all five boroughs, in addition to the rich basketball and cultural heritage of the city, to provide a memorable collection for players and fans."
FOR THE RECORD
Dec. 5, 12:11 p.m.: An earlier version of this article gave the street address of the NBA Store as 666 Fifth Avenue in New York City. The address is 590 Fifth Street.
Specifically, each of the stars has a pattern meant to represent one of the five boroughs that make up New York City. According to the announcement, the star representing Queens is "inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough's iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World's Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park"; Staten Island's star is a wave pattern "to signify its surrounding waters"; Manhattan gets "a taxi-cab checkered pattern represent[ing] the pace and energy of the world's most cosmopolitan city"; the Bronx star has a "a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City"; and Brooklyn's star is a brick pattern design "inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighborhoods of the city's most populous borough."
We appreciate that kind of fashionable flourish - especially because the NBA All-Star game is set to take place at the Barclays Center in New York City on Feb. 15, which happens to be right smack in the middle of the upcoming New York Fashion Week slate of shows.
Consumer versions of the NBA All-Star jerseys ($80 to $250) will be available at the NBA Store at 590 Fifth Avenue, New York City, and online at NBAStore.com starting in January 2015.