Nike’s uniform design for basketball is unmatched in terms of variety and depth of detail. In celebration of the NBA’s 75th anniversary season, Nike unveiled new Nike NBA Classic Edition uniforms recognizing the three franchises that have been a part of the league since the beginning: the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks and the Golden State Warriors (who were first known as the Philadelphia Warriors).
Those three teams helped lead the way on August 3, 1949, when the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merged to become the NBA. At the time, the business of basketball was nascent and promising. League leaders knew fans would show up — but they couldn’t have predicted the ardent support that would help the league grow from an American experiment to the inclusive, global marvel it is today. The Nike NBA Classic Edition celebrates that fandom.
“Retro uniforms are nothing new in basketball. What is new is how the Nike NBA Classic Edition uniforms intersect with such a pivotal moment in the league’s history,” says Elesban Montoya, Design Director for Nike Basketball uniforms. “A big reason for the merger’s success was the fan support. So this is our spin on historic uniforms, but it’s also an emblem of respect for the fans who rallied for their teams and showed up for the league over the years.”
All three uniforms are badged in the classic Nike Sportwear logo, the first time the mark prominently appears on an NBA jersey.