The Portland Trail Blazers have a stand-out look in their new “City” uniforms according to NBA analyst Zach Lowe in his weekly “10 Thinks I Like” column. After talking about the Nuggets running plays through Nikola Jokic, James Harden playing defense, and the likely onslaught of tanking, Lowe comes to the subject of Portland jersey fashion.
Honoring Dr. Jack Ramsay with plaid uniforms sounded great. At first glance, the execution was disappointing. The black-within-black aesthetic made the plaid almost invisible.
But after seeing them in person and on television, I’ve come around. You notice the plaid. Up close, it stands out without overwhelming you.
And I underestimated the appeal of red numbers and letters popping against a black background. That stands out from any distance, and it looks awesome.
I have to admit, personally, that I like the City jerseys better than the other new offerings. I’m not sure I’d go as far as “awesome”, but they’re pretty darn decent. Have they grown on you as well?