Nike has officially unveiled the latest red, white and blue jersey designs that USA Basketball will wear during the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.
The white "Hyper Elite" jersey boasts a strong white base with winged USA lettering in red across the chest on top of a fading blue background. A red Nike logo appears alongside a USA Basketball logo on the right shoulder, while a FIBA logo appears on the left shoulder.
The blue version of the jersey features the same styling, although the USA lettering is in white across the chest on top of a fading red red background.
The white shorts include a curving, lined fading blue design on each leg, with a red Nike logo on the left side near the waist. The blue shorts feature the curved, lined styling in red on each leg.
Nike added these additional jersey details in a release.
As Nike World Basketball Festival and the FIBA Basketball World Cup approach, Nike proudly introduces the new USA Basketball uniform, the brand’s lightest uniform in history.
Infusing design innovation to maximize player performance, the Nike Hyper Elite uniform takes inspirational elements specific to the USA and Nike’s heritage to provide the team with a kit that tells a story.
The angle of USA graphic on the new uniform was inspired by the chevron of the classic Nike Windrunner track jacket that was born in 1978.
Both the USA home and away uniforms feature red, white and blue hues meshed together in the 26-degree speed graphic – crossing the front of the game jersey, fading into a representation of the USA flag, and extending across the side of the game short from the front to the back. The speed graphic represents a distinctive basketball point of view, based on the roughly 1,000 directional changes, or "cuts" that a player might make in the course of a game.
USA Basketball is set to play an intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas on Friday after completing a four-day training camp at UNLV. The squad will then proceed on tour through Chicago and New York before heading abroad for the World Cup, which opens on Aug. 30. USA is seeking a gold medal streak that includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2010 World Championship in Turkey and 2012 London Olympics.