It’s time to end this crazy NBA. You’ve been playing with the jersey for too long. I got it. Each team has about 1,000 replacement jerseys that are a big source of revenue as well as sponsor logos in the corner where the NBA logo was once. But having this word, clarity, allows a competition such as a basketball game to be held properly as well as providing a better viewing experience.
It is always clear who is the laner and who is the home team.
A few years ago, the NBA decided to say “twist it up” and let the home team pick any shirt from their wardrobe. preferand in the process, created a mess that last night in Oklahoma City. The Thunder decided to wear their white jersey at home, something that was once the norm in the NBA. Well, somehow the Memphis Grizzlies didn’t get the message, and when the starters took off their warmups to start the game, both teams were left empty-handed.
Even when I’m mad at Tom Brady go up Picking Sunday by his decision to continue playing in his 40s, I could have giggled at this crappy shirt. Then I was reminded of how silly this whole process is when there is a stable system. If you’re not the Los Angeles Lakers, or the alternative gray of the San Antonio Spurs, then you wear white at home. It’s simple, clean and easy for game viewers. It does not require teams to choose on an app for each match. Also, for the second consecutive season, there was an error in the process.
The Thunder and Atlanta Hawks play on February 21, 2021, and in that game they made the most frustratingly unified decision in professional sports, both wearing colored jerseys. Oh, my heart breaks when a game as beautiful as basketball gets ruined by so much color on the floor. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s spectacular 2021 Game 6 finals will forever be haunted by the Milwaukee Bucks in black and the Phoenix Suns in orange, and it all took place on a pitch decked out in green.
When the Hawks and Thunder did this in the regular season last year, they didn’t even bother to make the colors clash with each other enough that the umpire can at least distinguish the teams. Hawks wore red, Thunder wore orange and Hawks were forced to change to white after halftime because referrals can’t indicates who should call out of bounds when it looks like a sea of Flammin’s hot Cheetos following basketball.
There was a time when if the New York Knicks played at Madison Square Garden, they wore white, and if the Chicago Bulls visited, they wore red, sometimes black. For whatever reason now, the Knicks sometimes wear black – at home! A team does not have black in its logo, whatever, continue to make these city version jerseys that I can only assume are trying to make players feel like they’re Batman.
In the NFL, it’s simple. They tried the color in a hurry and it was widely scanned so it drop it. Because there’s a lot to see when all the red Arizona Cardinals go head-to-head against the all-green Seattle Seahawks. There are still alternate jerseys in the NFL, but there is a system. The home team wore color and the lane team wore white, with the exception of the Dallas Cowboys and teams that realized it was stupid not to wear white at home when it was 80 degrees outside. House-Court advantage, let your opponent grill. Same with MLB. Sure they’ll wear colored shirts when the weather permits or when promoting a city connection collection, but for the most part they wear white at home, white/grey on the road.
Familiarity is comforting, and that’s what people want when they turn on a soccer game. The actions in the game are already random enough, some consistency in the uniform helps bring balance. It would be better if Thunder fans had an idea of what their team would be wearing in each game, and ideally if they weren’t hit by the entire color wheel.
NBA, let’s get back to basics. You will sell your jersey no matter what, let’s try to have some consistency here. The home team goes blank on a more frequent basis. The only reason you sell jerseys is because they are part of your #1 product, basketball games. While viewers may not know which team will win, at least they can tell the difference between the two teams.