As part of the league’s 75th anniversary celebration, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has unveiled a season-long calendar, featuring a detailed schedule of uniforms for all 30 teams, on the Locker Vision website.
In total, 123 different jerseys will be worn across the league during the 2021-22 regular season, with each team receiving four copies of the jerseys: League, Icon, City and Manifesto.
In addition to the four base jerseys, three of the league’s original franchises, the New York Knicks, the Golden State Warriors (then Philadelphia) and the Boston Celtics, will also wear their fifth “Classic Edition” uniform at the start of the season and in December. Drafting the design details found in their 1947-era uniforms, each team will present their vintage-inspired jerseys next week, starting with the Knicks on October 20, followed by the Warriors on October 21 and the Celtics on October 22.
Also, on Diamond Anniversary, a Nike swoosh logo on the chest and shorts will feature NBA logos on the size tag and back with iridescent diamond detailing and embroidery.
According to Christopher Arena, the NBA’s vice president of equipment, identity and equipment, 94% of regular season games will feature a “unique” mix of uniforms and court designs, with only a limited number of repeat looks.
Locker Vision provides users with a view of up to 30,000 feet per head [jersey] edition,” Arina said.
Initially, the Locker Vision front was an in-house platform for teams to choose their uniforms for the season, with visiting teams then making their selections of road jerseys. Team Equipment Managers are also entering into specific standardized “Professional Cut” sizes for all players, allowing for an easier process in the case of a mid-season deal or deal.
After Nike entered into an eight-year, $1 billion agreement with the NBA to become the league’s official company starting in the 2017-18 season, Locker Vision became a public portal for the public to dive into and access in 2018.
This season’s edition of the website features design details for each uniform, along with the stadium designs that accompany each game. All team accessories, including warm-up clothing and even the design and color of the towel that the players will use on the bench, have been outlined.
Arena said this season’s jersey lineup has been in the pipeline for three years, with the League Finals for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons also approaching.
In each Locker Vision uniform preview image, the player model is shown wearing unreleased Nike sneakers in matching team colors. However, starting in the 2018-19 season, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has waived its color restrictions, allowing players to wear any colored shoes on any night of the season.
“It was truly an opportunity for the players to show their individuality and partner with their shoe manufacturer to tell the most unique story they want to tell,” Arena said. “It has been embraced by sneaker culture, and [people] We look forward to it.”
Nike and the NBA will use their Christmas Day lineup to showcase the latest City shirts. Only the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns will wear last season’s City shirts, while the remaining 28 teams will reveal City’s new “hyperlocal” look later this fall.
Also, during the first three seasons of the Nike partnership, the Michael Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets featured only Jordan Brand’s Jumpman logo on socks and uniforms. That approach has changed since last season, with Jumpman appearing on the manifesto shirts for all 30 teams.
“While we were talking about the partnership and where we could involve Jordan Brand more, the idea of making the statement and Michael Jordan, how he played and how he was making a statement on the court seemed appropriate,” Arena said. “when [players] That’s on their chest, it kind of locks in that statement mentality.”