The Trail Blazers unveiled their latest City Edition jerseys last week, and now ESPN has provided a reaction to them. Paul Lukas of Uni Watch graded the last batch of city-inspired jerseys for ESPN, and Portland’s newest design received a “C” grade.
Lukas explained the Blazers’ grade with following:
Here we see one of the major problems with the City Edition program. Last season the Blazers had one of the better City designs, featuring a subtle plaid pattern that was a tribute to former coach Dr. Jack Ramsay. That’s a great concept that deserved to be part of their permanent uniform wardrobe -- but because the City alternates have only a one-year shelf life before they’re swapped out, the plaid design is now gone and has been replaced by an uninspired black-and-gray design. A lose-lose.
(Rip) City Edition pic.twitter.com/N9TgiKFejq— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) November 8, 2018
Along with clamoring for Portland to bring back its plaid design, Lukas awarded New Orleans with the highest grade. The Pelicans’ Mardi Gras jerseys received an “A” grade.
New Orleans Pelicans Unveil Nike City Edition Uniform inspired by the vibrant colors of Mardi Gras! https://t.co/BNpflJJlIP#doitBIG | #Pelicans pic.twitter.com/bd06BAcuTu— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 9, 2018
You can read Lukas’ full list of grades at ESPN.