So the New York Knicks don’t have a say in which uniforms they wear each game.
It seems like every season NBA teams wear around five different uniforms during the course of the season.
I always assumed that the New York Knicks and the rest of the league decided which uniforms they’ll wear on a given night. That’s apparently not the case.
It turns out that the NBA and Nike decide what uniforms teams will wear over the course of the season.
“The league gives us a master schedule,” said Celtics travel and equipment coordinator John Connor, via the Boston Globe. “We put it on the wall and we just give out what’s on the wall. We get the schedule and what we’re supposed to wear from the league, and it’s for the whole year.
“It used to be Paul Pierce saying, ‘Hey, let’s wear the green/black ones.’ Not anymore. The players can’t control it.”
Nike goes as far as to decide what color the player’s tights are for each game.
“They changed the tight colors, too,” said Connor. “Nike will call out, like, they want green tights with the green uniforms or white tights with green uniforms, black tights on white. They actually script for like 50 percent of the games what everything has to be. It’s a lot more restrictive.”
This has made packing for road trips even more difficult for equipment staffs.
“Way more,” said Connor. “We’re carrying more bags than ever, because sometimes you’re going on a four-game trip and you’re wearing three different uniforms. Then you need backups for every one.
“I used to travel with 15 bags, and now we’re easily up to 25 or 30 now. That includes basketballs and practice gear and all that stuff. But it’s at least seven or eight more bags just for uniforms now.”
It actually makes sense for Nike to determine which uniforms teams will wear. It’s all about marketing and they want to push for teams to wear their alternate uniforms because they’ll only be around for one season and they want to entice fans to go out and buy one.
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