The stylings of the various NBA All-Star Game uniforms over the last few years have been rather ornate, and unlikely to age well. All manner of fonts, decorations, and ultimately sleeves were placed on the league’s All-Stars in an attempt to liven up what is already a lively-enough game featuring unending alley-oops and a typical over/under of 270 points, usually played in between bouts of musical performances from top 40 acts.
This year’s All-Star patterns are far less outrageous. Released Tuesday, they should go over well with fans:
The game will be played in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with the Friday and Saturday events taking place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, so the league has decided to pay tribute to NYC’s five boroughs by placing a star celebrating each borough on the side of the uniforms:
According to the league, a taxi-checkered pattern signifies Manhattan, a brick pattern stands in for Brooklyn’s famous brownhouses, Queens’ Unisphere from the 1964 World’s Fair is in their star, a vinyl record gives shout out to the Bronx’s significance in the rise of hip-hop, and waves emanate from Staten Island’s particular star.
In addition, players with a historical past of their own will also wear patches with either an NBA champion, Rookie of the Year, league MVP or All-Star Game MVP designation. In LeBron James’ case, he’ll have a very busy left sleeve:
All in all, fine work by the NBA and their corporate clothing partner.
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