December 14, 2011
The Miami Heat have unveiled new, alternate, road jerseys for use in about a dozen games per season. As you can see from the picture above, the jerseys are decked out entirely in the color black, with a wee bit of white trim.
To these eyes, the jerseys are pretty cool. You can never dress in black and look uncool, but the alternate uniforms do seem to fly in the face of LeBron James' month-long hope for he and his Heat cohorts to stave off looking like the NBA's villains as they attempted to win their first ring together.
[ Related: NBA free agency and transaction tracker ]
Especially following what James told ESPN last week:
"I play the game fun, joyful, and I let my game do all of the talking and I got away from that. That's what I lost last year. Going through my first seven years in the NBA I was always the "liked one" and to be on the other side -- they call it the dark side or the villain or whatever they call it -- it was definitely challenging for myself. It was a situation I had never been in before, and it took awhile ... it took a long time to adjust to it. [...] It basically turned me into somebody I wasn't. You start to hear 'the villain,' now you have to be the villain, you know, and I started to buy into it. I started to play the game of basketball at a level, or at a mind state that I've never played at before ... meaning, angry. And that's mentally. That's not the way I play the game of basketball."
So, you can see why LeBron might be more than a little upset that the Miami Heat have decided to unveil some alternate road uniforms. No, not the black uniforms that we've seen the Heat don every so often for a decade, but new ones. All black. How much more black could it be? The answer is none. None more black.
Other popular stories on Yahoo! Sports:
• NBA trades Chris Paul to Clippers | Video: Are Clippers better than Lakers?
• Podcast: Bill Belichick may have helped raise Tim Tebow's draft stock last year
• Recruit of the week video: Check out one of the top-five ranked prep centers