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In Focus: NBA All-Star uniforms

Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Mo Cheeks in 1986. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) Charles Barkley (from left to right), Julius Erving and Mo Cheeks in 1986. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Andy Gray

Adidas released the 2013 All-Star jerseys, which are inspired by Houston’s “rich aeronautical history and the speed of the jet planes that dot its skies.” The uniforms feature shooting stars on the side and a camo-like pattern throughout the torso. While fans and media argue about who deserves the right to wear the uniforms next month, we look back at the history of All-Star uniforms.

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Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and Tom Heinsohn pose after the 1963 All-Star Game. (Photo by NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images) Bob Cousy (from left to right), Bill Russell and Tom Heinsohn pose after the 1963 All-Star Game. (NBA Photos/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The 1977 Western Conference All-Stars. (Getty Images) The 1977 Eastern Conference All-Stars. (Getty Images)

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The 1980 Western Conference All-Stars. (Getty Images) The 1980 Western Conference All-Stars. (Getty Images)

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Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  pose prior to the 1984 NBA All-Star Game . (Getty Images) Magic Johnson (left) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pose before the 1984 NBA All-Star Game . (Getty Images)

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Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone catch their breath during the 1988 All-Star Game. (Getty Images) Magic Johnson (from left to right), Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and Moses Malone catch their breath during the 1988 All-Star Game. (Getty Images)

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Mark Price and Brad Daughertypose for a portrait prior to the 1992 NBA All Star Game. (Getty Images) Mark Price (left) and Brad Daugherty pose before the 1992 NBA All Star Game. (Getty Images)

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Some seasons, such as 1997, the players just wore their regular jerseys for the big game. (Getty Images) During some seasons, such as 1997, the players just wore their regular jerseys for the big game. (Getty Images)

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Allen Iverson drives to the basket against Tim Duncan during the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. (Getty Images) Allen Iverson (left) drives to the basket against Tim Duncan during the 2003 NBA All-Star Game. (Getty Images)

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Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce pose with Bill Russell before the 2009 All-Star Game. (Getty Images) Kevin Garnett (5), Ray Allen and Paul Pierce (34) pose with Bill Russell (second from left) before the 2009 All-Star Game. (Getty Images)

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