Nike on Tuesday announced the first of several changes it plans to make to NBA uniforms when it takes over as the league’s on-court apparel provider for the 2017/18 season and beyond. Perhaps the most major change: Nike has eliminated the “home” and “road” designations for NBA jerseys. Instead, the home team will choose between one of four uniform sets for each game, with the visiting team then choosing a uniform distinct from the home team’s selection.
The Oregon-based apparel giant is still keeping some details—most notably, what the uniforms will actually look like—under wraps for now, but Nike did reveal Tuesday the names of two of the four uniform sets from which home teams may select: “Association Edition” and “Icon Edition.” These editions take place of the previous home and road designations, as “Association” will be white and “Icon” will be a team color.
One wonders how the Orlando Magic might look with these changes. Nike promises a “Classic Edition” uniform for eight of the league’s teams, to be unveiled at a later date. This kit “celebrates some of the most iconic uniforms in league history,” says Nike. Might the Magic’s classic pinstriped getup be among these editions? Or perhaps the star-spangled look from the early Tracy McGrady years? No one can say for sure now, but it’s certainly something that bears watching.
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