Nike, NBA reveal new game uniforms for next season
Nike and the NBA introduced on Tuesday the new game uniforms that teams will wear next season.
Nike takes over for Adidas, which had been league's official apparel outfitter since the 2006 season. Nike and the NBA signed an eight-year deal that could be worth $1 billion.
The new jerseys have significant changes over the Adidas ones: The armhole, neck and side seams were moved to eliminate distractions and the back shoulder of the uniform was also changed.
The hemlines on the bottom of both the jersey and shorts were changed allowing full range of motion. Nike will also unveil a new on-court collection to include tights and socks.
“The mental advantage of a quality uniform is priceless,” Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving said. “The fact that Nike listened to all of our feedback while developing the new NBA uniforms speaks volumes, I’m excited for the new fit and feel.”
Starting this season, the league is eliminating its "Home” and “Road" uniform designations. The home teams will now pick which uniforms will be worn at their home games and visiting teams will choose a contrasting uniform.
Each team will have four primary uniforms, with the home jersey being renamed the Association Edition and the road jersey being designated the Icon Edition. Nike's iconic Swoosh logo will also appear on the uniforms.
Eight NBA teams will have a Classic Edition uniform that will be available in the fall. The Charlotte Hornets will be the only NBA team wearing uniforms from the Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of Nike.