Well howdy there Knickerblogger-istas. Long time no see. Hope everyone’s had a great summer, or at least has managed to fully detox from SheSmron-a-palooza (which naturally seems to have been followed hard upon by Carmellilith Fair)
As some of you may know, I get really obsessively geeky about sports uniforms – from the most miniscule design alterations to monolithic Nike-led uber-branding efforts, it’s all fascinating to your humble correspondent. So, when Alan Hahn intimated (well, tweeted) that the Knicks would be “tweaking” their uni for the upcoming season, I was giddy as a 13 yr old girl waiting for the next episode of. “Glee.”
(If you too, geek out about this stuff, I highly recommend checking out Paul Lukas’ blog, Uniwatch. It’s the go-to source for athletic laundry aficionados)
Alas, the summer days dwindled down and the Jazz, Cavs, T-Wolves and Clippers trotted out their new digs, the ‘Bockers, according to all the online evidence I could glean, were set to take the court wearing the same threads they’ve worn since 2001.
But lo! Today at the NBA Store, the Association made a big to-do about a league-wide switch to Adidas’ fancy new super-fabrics that were 30% lighter, 30% more cran-tastic, could made you breakfast, prevent unwanted acne, etc. etc. blah blah blah. More importantly, if you take a magnifying glass to our very own Wilson Chandler (and yes, I did), you’ll notice that the Knicks have… wait for it… A SLIGHTLY NEW COLLAR! (commence rejoicing)
Last year (and again, since ’01) the Nix utilized a design, that while original, was asymmetrically off-putting. Take a gander here, and you can clearly see the that the neck has an odd overlap at the base and a blue/orange/black pattern, weighted heavily in favor of blue (an odd choice, since you could almost miss the blue entirely as it matched the base color of the shirt itself). The shoulder stripes, in contrast, had a large black strip with a smaller orange trim, and omitted blue entirely. It’s an interesting concept, but was always way too cluttered from a design/aesthetic perspective.
Now, look again at today’s photo. You’ll see that the shoulder and neck stripes are now identical – black/orange/black and without the overlap at the base of the neck. If this design looks familiar, it’s because it’s pretty much the same as the striping the Nix used when they first introduced black to the uniform in the ’96-’97 season.
Now, I won’t go into the low regard I have for those Iron Man-esque arm bands that Will and D-Ho are rockin’, and there’s a larger argument about whether or not the Knicks should have any black in their uni set at all (you can probably guess that I’d emphatically bellow, “NO!!!”), but any move towards simplicity and cleanliness in the design of the home and road kits is a welcome one.
Thus endeth this brief sojourn into the world of cager couture.
Yours in sartorial splendor,
Bob the Hardwood Haberdasher