While we’re only a little over a month into the 2015-16 NBA season, that’s no reason to ignore the events taking place in the near future. Especially when one of those events happens to be the always exciting NBA All-Star Game. For this season’s star-studded affair, set to go down on February 14 at Air Canada Centre, the best basketball players in the world will take their talents north to the great city of Toronto.
While we already know that this year’s uniforms go the Nascar route by incorporating a Kia brand logo on the upper left corner of the jersey, thanks to the league’s official release, we now know exactly what the uniforms themselves — brought to us once again by Adidas — will actually look like. Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager, explains:
This is the first NBA All-Star Game to be played outside the United States, and it is a very exciting time for basketball in Canada. To honor this global celebration and pay tribute to Toronto — the site of the NBA’s first game — we’ve incorporated design elements that are inspired by the city’s basketball history, sports culture and unique fashion scene to make an All-Star collection that players and fans will love.
Of course, for those of you who are all about the detail — we fall into that category ourselves — we’re here to break down all the elements of the uniforms that will be worn during the 65th NBA All-Star Game.
— adidas Basketball (@adidasHoops) December 3, 2015
If you ask us, the coolest aspect of this year’s design is the ode to the rich history of the league. By going with unis that are clean and simple, which we always dig, the NBA shows its love to the gear worn by the Toronto Huskies and the New York Knickerbockers, the teams that met in the first-ever NBA game on November 1, 1946 (which just so happened to take place in Toronto). But don’t worry, there’s more.
In what should come as no surprise to those who watch this event on the reg, the Western Conference will rock the red and white uniforms, while the East will sport the blue and white look. On top of that, to give Canada its proper due, the uniforms will also feature a “maple leaf overlay on the front of the jerseys,” while the upper portion of back of each jersey will display both a maple leaf and Toronto’s skyline. Not to be outdone, the shorts will feature a raptor claw cutting into a star.
Not everyone is going to love the 2016 NBA-All Star uniforms. In fact, as Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas points out, the shorts will most assuredly give off that questionable “cummerbund look.” Still, the way we see it — when you take into account some of the awful throwback jerseys of NBA’s past games — when the league happens to do the “old-school” look proud, it’s wrong not to give it the benefit of the doubt.