PHOTOS: NBA reveals 2015 All-Star uniforms

The 2015 NBA All-Star jerseys. (USATSI)

The NBA and adidas unveiled their 2015 All-Star uniforms on Tuesday, and they're inspired by New York City. From the press release:

Designed by adidas, the uniforms pay tribute to New York City’s basketball history and unique boroughs while personifying the city’s legacy as the mecca of sports, music and fashion. The clean, timeless design is inspired by classic sports uniforms and barnstorming basketball teams from the early 20th century.

The jerseys feature a side panel of five stars, each representing New York City’s five boroughs with a unique pattern:

o   Queens: a pattern inspired by the stainless steel orbit rings of the borough’s iconic Unisphere that was built for the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park

o   Staten Island: a wave pattern to signify its surrounding waters

o   Manhattan: a taxi-cab checkered pattern represents the pace and energy of the world’s most cosmopolitan city 

o   The Bronx: a vinyl record pattern to pay homage to the birthplace of hip-hop and the rich musical legacy of New York City

o   Brooklyn: a brick pattern inspired by the iconic brownstone houses and buildings that make up the neighborhoods of the city’s most populous borough

“The NBA All-Star Game is a celebration of the host city and basketball culture, and this year we created our most detailed and sophisticated uniforms to date that pay homage to New York and All-Star weekend,” said Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager. “We took inspiration from all five boroughs, in addition to the rich basketball and cultural heritage of the city, to provide a memorable collection for players and fans.”

The Eastern Conference NBA All-Star uniforms feature black name lettering and blue numbers while the Western Conference uniforms bear white name lettering and red numbers. Herringbone detail on the East/West patch and jock tags pays homage to the Barclays Center court, and the New York Knicks font is used for player name and number. For the first-time in an NBA All-Star Game, player first and last names are featured on the back of the jersey.

The All-Stars will wear black, gray and white fitted warm-ups that feature satin accents and military-style star patches to celebrate the number of NBA All-Star appearances for each player. Each player’s jacket will be customized with patches to represent the game’s top individual accolades including NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Star Game MVP and NBA Championships. The on-court warm-ups also include a three-quarter-sleeve shooting shirt and tapered pant.

Here are the five stars representing the buroughs:

I'd say these are the best designs we've seen in years. While it's a little weird that it doesn't say "East" and "West" on the front of the jerseys, that adds to the classic feel. They're understated instead of over-the-top, which was a good choice.

Personally, I feared that these would be sleeved and horrible, so this is quite a relief. Nicely done, NBA.

The jerseys will be avaliable for purchase starting in January.

More photos:

CBS Sports Writer

James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Shop
NBA Christmas Day Jerseys
Our Latest Stories
    Bracket Games