The NBA announced a new partnership with Nike on Tuesday that will include several new uniforms for each team.
The uniforms will be worn this season and, according to NBA.com, were “designed using input from current NBA players, as well as 25 years of technological research conducted by Nike at different levels of basketball.”
The league will be eliminating the traditional home and road uniforms. Each team will have four jersey options and will pick which set they want to wear at home. The road team then can chose any jersey that is a different color. So we could have more games in which both teams are wearing their primary color uniform and neither wearing white.
The ‘Association Edition’ will be the team’s traditional white uniform, while what was formerly the road uniform will now be the ‘Icon Edition.’ The two remaining editions will be revealed later this fall.
Here is what Nike – which replaces Adidas – had to say about the new deal:
On average, NBA players travel four miles per game. Rather than a smoothly sustained effort, their movements are typically contained to 1.6-second bursts, tallying hundreds of tiny directional changes over the course of a game. This kind of constant motion reflects the free-flowing nature of the sport and underscores the importance of a lighter and more flexible uniform silhouette.
In order to achieve these goals, Nike tuned the uniform design to the rigors of this increasingly intense 82-game season by employing 3D-body maps of players, including heat and sweat maps. This research led Nike’s designers to make significant changes to the weight, fit and construction — with special attention to enhancing agility.
Although the uniforms will include new and improved designs, the looks are not expected to be drastically different from what fans have seen their teams wear in recent years. Here is a picture of the Warriors new Nike jersey:
The Kings also released photos of their new threads:
But to get an idea of what the Heat’s uniforms could look like, here is the work of New Jersey-based designer Brian Begley, who designed multiple uniform concepts for the switch.
Again, these are Begley’s designs and not what Nike will roll out. Still, these are pretty sleek with subtle changes to what we have seen.
Here is what Begley wrote about his Heat designs:
Only making minor tweaks again to the home, away & alternate, I brought back the infamous, “Miami Floridians,” uniform and my all black alternate is a, “Vice Nights,” design!