Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 11:11 am  |  17 responses

Adidas Unveils All-Star Uniforms

The League’s official outfitter pays homage to Orlando’s ’92 All-Star Game.

by Kyle Stack / @KyleStack

At last year’s NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles, adidas brought the Hollywood shine to its glossy All-Star Game jerseys. The tone will be decidedly less flashy this year in Orlando to account for the city’s laid-back nature.

In an ode to the classic 1992 All-Star Game, made famous by Magic Johnson’s 25-point MVP performance, this year’s All-Star threads feature an array of details reminiscent of that contest.

The block lettering for the jerseys is oversized to recapture the uniforms from that game. This year’s jackets and jerseys have what adidas calls dip-dyed hardwood heather patterns that resemble the floor of the old Orlando Arena, which is the arena in which the ’92 game was played.

Clumsy technical lingo aside, the jerseys contain three stripes along the side that go from solid form near the chest to split-up stripes that fade towards the hip. I wouldn’t call the look ‘subtle’, but it’s also not overbearing.

The colors of each jersey—blue for the East and red for the West—are rich and complement the accent colors used for the numbers, stars and adidas and NBA patches on the shoulders – silver accents for the East and gold for the West. Adidas added a personalization to each player’s shooting shirt by posting the number of All-Star appearances of each guy on the back collar.

The game shorts were inspired by board shorts—another nod to Florida—and have a sublimated mesh pattern to give the shorts better performance and breathability, according to adidas. I think I’ll warm up to these, but the contrast in colors between the shorts and the bottom half of the jerseys is stark. You can click on the following links to check out the East and West full uniforms.

Get ready for an unusual look in the on-court warm-ups. Adidas added elbow patches for the jackets, and a denim look to the pants. I don’t think either design is all that pleasant. I’m not really thinking about denim when watching a basketball game, so the connection is lost on me. Elbow patches seem to me like they’re for older folks. (Make your Florida joke here.)

Adidas will continue the Florida theme with orange kicks. The company’s top two NBA endorsers get orange’d up in their signature shoes—Derrick Rose for his adizero Rose 2.5 and Dwight Howard for his adiPower Howard 2. The shoes look great for the mood they’re supposed to capture. I’m relieved the East wears blue uniforms because orange shoes with red uniforms would’ve burnt my retinas. At least what I have left of my retinas following the Memphis Tams game I watched on January 26.

Your 2012 NBA All-Star starters: East (Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose) and West (Andrew Bynum, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul).

The jerseys in the photos above are available at NBAstore.com.

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  • MeloMan15

    the shorts don’t match

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    I’m feeling like these uniforms are kinna trash! The Jerseys look wet at the top

  • LP

    wow. These are awful, not that we see the shorts don’t match…..wtf was they thinking??????? Are those soccer shorts?

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Turrible, I think they should go back to everyone plays with their own teams’ jersey’s.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    The shorts make them look like practice uniforms straight trash. They should just go to the old format where you where your own team jersey like Max said.

  • Dirtybird

    I only saw the jersey’s but didn’t know the shorts would be darker. If they wanna do a gradient uniform, they should follow the Deke & Smitty era Hawks roads. I think players team uniforms should stick to MLB. Just go back to the home whites like the Atlanta 03 all star game.

    Fail by Adidas.

  • logues

    they look the exact same EVERY SINGLE YEAR. get creative NBA!

  • bdogg

    they are decent…my only question is how are jerseys blue and red but all the kix are orange..i hope we get real game shoes to match the jerseys..i want an infra red kobe shoe for ASG!! period!

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    complained yesterday but seeing the shorts i had to complain some more
    just try to dye the shorts in the same color i guess nobody is buying a full uni this year.
    cant we just fire adidas from making jerseys.

  • Alex

    some pretty B.A. jerseys and some ugly shorts

  • Sonicproof

    Have you guys ever noticed that the game jersey’s numbers get all funk and wrinkled; I guess from being washed or during travel. Adidas material isn’t as high quality as Nike sometimes. I have an HD tv! I see all those wrinkled ass numbers! Make it right NBA.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    who cares about the unis, a couple of months ago how many envisioned there would be an all-star game to watch?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    r we doing this again? ok, dfrance, purple cactus jersey sucks, :)

  • LP

    we still won’t be able to watch with those horrible uniforms…same boat. Nothing has changed.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k1jx3r4y1E dfrance21

    Lmao @ spit. I thought I was going crazy like “didn’t Slam post this exact same thing yesterday?” Still love the cactus tho!
    Re the orange shoes, there is some sort of “galaxy” thm going on for all-star weekend with the shoes. Lebrons, Kobe’s, Durants all have some kind of orange in them.

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  • justin

    You remember doing those dribbling drills where you lay flat on your back and dribble the ball at your side? Well that is what Lebron has Jerry West doing on his headband. Its one thing to have a receding hairline, but a receding headband?!?