The NBA’s partnership with Nike officially begins with the 2017-18 NBA season, and new uniforms are on the way. On Tuesday morning, Nike announced a handful of changes to the old design, including minor tweaks to enable agility and comfort. Most notable for the fans, is the change in naming conventions and a broader selection of jersey options for home and away games, explained as follows:
Coinciding with the introduction of the new uniforms, the NBA is eliminating its “Home” and “Road” uniform designations. Beginning with the 2017-18 season, home teams will pick which of their uniforms will be worn at all home games and visiting teams will choose a contrasting uniform within their own assortment.
Because of this change, Nike and the NBA worked together to create four core uniforms for each team, classified as “editions,” which draw from the rich heritage of the NBA and its respective franchises.
The first two editions of the NBA uniforms, which will be introduced by teams this summer and will make their on-court debut at the start of the season, are the Association and Icon editions. The two remaining core uniforms, inspired by the mindset of the NBA athlete and the communities that support their teams through thick and thin, respectively, will be revealed in the coming months.
It appears that teams will be able to choose their attire from a pool of four options, giving the home team first selection, and providing that the visiting team chooses a contrasting color scheme.
- Association Edition (formerly “Home”): Pays homage to the league, the most exclusive basketball club in the world.
- Icon Edition (formerly “Road”): Represents the rich heritage and iconic identity of each NBA franchise.
- TBD: Inspired by the athlete’s mindset.
- TBD: Inspired by the community.
This new flexibility should allow teams to customize their style, at least a little bit.