Lakers debut black 'Hollywood Nights' jerseys in win over Nets

Thursday November 28th, 2013

(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Sport) Steve Blake (left) in the Lakers' new black "Hollywood Nights" jerseys. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Sport)

The Lakers debuted their new black "Hollywood Nights" alternate jerseys during a 99-94 road victory over the Nets on Wednesday night.

L.A. first unveiled the new look back in September and All-Star guard Kobe Bryant even wore the threads for a Sports Illustrated cover in October, but this was the first time the Lakers have taken the court in these alternates.

(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images) Three Lakers sport their new black "Hollywood Nights" jerseys. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

The jersey’s front features the word “Lakers” and the jersey number in purple with gold trim. The back features the player’s name in block purple letters, and both the name and numbers are in purple with gold trim. The jersey also features purple and gold trim running down the sides. The shorts are a direct match to the top: black with purple and gold trim on the side.

(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images) Pau Gasol (left) in the Lakers' new black "Hollywood Nights" jersey. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

“This has been a few years in the process of introducing a black Lakers uniform,” Lakers executive Jeanie Buss said in a video posted to back in September. “In no way will it ever replace the purple and gold traditional uniform that have seen so many championships won. I think the gold is going to pop out on a black uniform and having the purple letters says it all. It’s all Lakers. Hollywood is also a really hard-working town. That’s the major industry of this city and it’s the heartbeat. Hollywood Nights is a tribute to all those people.”

The Lakers are also set to wear a sleeved, white "BIG Logo" jersey when they face the Heat on Christmas Day.

Minnesota also debuted their black, sleeved "Lights Out" jerseys on Wednesday night against the Nuggets. L.A. improved to 8-8 with the win; Brooklyn fell to 4-11 with the loss.

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