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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 at 8:00 am  |  29 responses

Hooray for New 2010 Unis?

Bobcats get ‘new’ identity, Mavs update the Diddy look.

by Sandy Dover

So, the Charlotte Bobcats just celebrated their 5th anniversary of NBA hardwood play and somehow decided that an update was necessary—in fact, it was an overhaul, something somewhat unheard of for a team so young, but considering the unorthodox and generally unattractivCharlotte Bobcats uniformse look of the Bobcats uniforms of yore, it’s welcome to see some positive change.

Everyone has come to know the bright electric orange and smoky Bobcat blue that’s come to define the new Charlotte franchise on the court since 2004, but those uniforms were very… cheap-looking and unusually sub-par. The dazzle mesh may have made things worse, as the light that refracted off of the jerseys have made Raymond Felton and Sean May look like child instructors at kiddie safety school. Also, the weird color blocking on the side panels was just ugly, but the V-neck rear collar was the first of its kind and distinguished. The Bobcats made some amends with their exuberant look with their third jersey and they began to make the Bobcat blue unis the road primary option, seemingly.

Reaching back to “their” past with the old Charlotte Hornets franchise, the Bobbies have now introduced pinstripes (and silver pinstripes on their home threads at that—Orlando Magic, anyone?) and traditional city/nickname arching on the front of the jerseys. Playing the blue and playing down the orange, the franchise has a look they can be proud of—even though it’s basically the status quo to the Hornets and Magic. Of course, teams seemingly must have like-colored collar and armhole trim with the base color of their jerseys, so Charlotte has done likewise; it doesn’t hurt that they’ve continued to do as the Romans do in game wear technology, so the side panels are have a lighter mesh (albeit adidas ClimaCool). With the obligatory piping from the shoulders to the knees, the elimination of black as a uniform hue and the team’s new primary logo on the sides of the shorts (the Bobcat is now facing forward to what I presume is a cue for opposing teams to be “scared” and “intimidated”), the Bobbies are lookin’ pretty good—maybe they can make the NBA Playoffs.

In other news…

The Dallas McCains, errr, Mavericks also decided to get on Bouncy’s “Upgrade U” fashion plan and tweak their alternate away duds… with questionable results.

If everyone doesn’t remember, the Mavs had a third jersey briefly in the ’03-04 season, when they wore dark pewter gray/gunmetal silver jersey that used that o’-so-brilliant dazzle mesh that the NBA costume designers seem to love so much, which inherently made the players who sweat in them look as if they were wearing magnificently shiny trash bags. It was an epic fail and judging from the so-so reaction from the ABC broadcasters and viewers (I believe it was the Phoenix Suns that they were playing), Mark Cuban bagged those joints, effective immediately, and they have yet to be seen since then.

Enter the Puff Daddy threads that came a few years later. Using the bright green that the Mavericks proudly wore from 1980 to 1992, the Diddy designs were surprisingly refreshingly and funky. Switching up to rounder wordmarks and numerals, highlighting the bright blue that was normally held back as a trim color for the primary uniforms, and placing the jersey numbers right under the JerDallas Mavericks alternative uniformry West logo at the left shoulder, Sean John gave the Mavs a fitting retro fusion look.

For some reason, though, unbeknownst to me or anyone that I may know who’s aware of the changes, Cuban apparently wanted to keep his fans happy. According to a press release, said fans requested to see the royal blue of Maverick past, and in so doing, the owner made the executive decision to keep the overall design of the alternate road unis, but eliminated the green base color, the simpler numerals and decided to use the bright Maverick blue that came into the latest Dallas logo eight years ago.

While still passable to view, the original look is preferable. It’s not that it’s bad, but it’s just nice to see that good green—it’s refreshing, right? That’s why everyone likes to chew spearmint gum—you see that good ol’ spring green and you almost taste it, and if you’re really imaginative, you might even imagine being on a hilltop in Ireland, bathing with a bar of Irish Spring (…)—but you get my point.

Now, there’s a saturation of these blue hues and those space-age-looking numerals again, so there’s not too much difference between the primaries and the third jersey.

Honestly, I’d much rather see Cuban act like a moron on the sidelines if there was a choice between watching him having a Jim Mora meltdown and keeping the original Diddy designs.

Oh well…hooray necessary and somewhat-unnecessary jersey changes!

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  • serevei

    FIRST

  • maio

    last

    hopefully

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    i like both the new uni’s. I agree with sandy that the green version of that alternate road uni is fresher though

  • NJ4Life

    Thank god. I couldn’t stand Puffy’s green monster.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Couldn’t be in more agreement, NJ4Life.

  • TADOne

    Improvement for both. They really couldn’t do much worse.

  • jay

    both are better! the orange road bobcats were hideous! as for the mavs..not bad but look like the magic to be honest! kinda wack how all teams look the same to a certain extent and is it just me how are the hawks not red for the road? i agree ..never liked the nique mcdonald roads but the mid 90′s red were not too bad i did not think!

  • Dirtybird

    I agree with the Mavs droppin the green uni’s. They don’t use green in the main uniform or logo anyway.

  • Drew

    Where’s the new 2010 OKC uniforms?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    i see …. blue people…

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Drew: I think I have one let me go find it. Oh wait, that’s my old bantam-league jersey from when I was 8. Must of got them confused.

  • larrylegend

    what u have in ur pocket? a hole…lol

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Bulls. Lakers. Celtics. And yes….even Knicks. They all say “What the f*ck do unis have to do with winning?” With the exception of NY, they seem to know something the other teams don’t.

  • http://www.robbz18.blogspot.com Robbi

    Agree with Drew. The Thunder jerseys look like something I would come up with. That needs a refresh!

  • ab_40

    mavs version is lame, the bobcat joints look like a mix between the hawks jerseys(colours) and the orlando magic ones(design)

  • Heals

    Blue Bobcats made me immediately think of the Hawks, but overall both are an improvement. Can these tems just stop the money grabs (my opinion) with all these new jerseys every couple of years. Go retro more often than not those were the best looks for these teams

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I like the Bobcats one, but it’s going to be kind of confusing when they play ATL…

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    And let’s not forget the Sixers new look.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Young Chris MP3

    Pinstripes almost always look good.

  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/sandydover Sandy Dover

    I think what made the Mavericks’ green alternates great is that they really gave the team a different look. While green is no longer part of the team’s primary color scheme, Puffy did them good by making a third jersey that was retro-fit to modern design. I probably sound like a nerd having said that, but add in that the scale of blues is sort of cliche now in the league, it gave people an idea about how to make GOOD alternate unis that eliminated the seemingly-obligatory 4th Hardwood Classics duds (although, let it be said that I wish the Mavericks never changed their Jim Jackson/Jason Kidd era duds).

  • la huey

    bobcats didn’t improve, they just stepped sideways. design is weak and way too much blue in this league. i like the mavs going to the diddy design. they should alternate between blue and green though.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    @ Tzvi: Those are old already. ;)

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Dallas Mavgics. “Pro”-Cuts are getting weirder and weirder these days, but the Mavs ones aren’t as bad as the Wolves new digs. The Heat need a redesign though. Shiny sweat causing red shimmer suits that helped Antoine Walker/Shaq lose weight every game need to go. New alternates for the Heat please.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    And OKC still has D-League threads, maybe-how about-you know, send them back to the Seattle.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    Houston got new ones
    http://media2.myfoxhouston.com//photo/2009/09/23/rockets1_tmb0003_20090923161102_640_480.JPG

    Sixers unveiled the new Clipper wannabe’s on their website

    i heard the Hornets are getting some purple ones with “NOLA” on the chest

  • chintao

    ^ Awww, sookey. I finally might have to spring for the Chris Paul A-alike.

  • http://facebook.com hallabalo!

    dont forget about the rockets new alternate gear

  • ENDS

    Both Jerseys Look Like Magic Gear

  • http://saintmark5171@yahoo.com M.Bloxton

    The road BobCats jerseys remind me of those horrible Rockets jerseys that were blue with the stripes…

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