According to ESPN, the uniform designs for this season’s All-Star Game, set for Feb. 16 in New Orleans, leaked on the Internet on Thursday before being officially unveiled by the league later in the day.
And in a development that probably won’t surprise many fans, the uniforms feature sleeves.
The East and West designs both feature a large Fleur-de-lis on the chest and uniform numbers on the left sleeve — a format similar to the “Big Logo” jerseys that 10 teams wore in Christmas Day games. The East version is blue with greenish-teal trim, while the West version is red with purple trim.
“Each year, we look forward to developing a unique on-court look for the players that pays homage to the host city and adds to the excitement of this highly anticipated game,” Chris Grancio, head of global basketball sports marketing for adidas, said in a release. “This year’s All-Star collection reflects New Orleans’ festive musical history while also providing the premium performance elements that NBA athletes have grown accustomed to.”
The All-Star designs represent the latest step in the league’s relentless drive to add sleeved jerseys to its uniform portfolio. Players have given the sleeved designs mixed reviews, with some saying the sleeves are too restrictive.
The All-Star jerseys also continue the NBA’s Christmas Day format of using shirts without front uniform numbers. It remains to be seen whether this is a one-season experiment or a sign of things to come.
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