Swirsky on NBA Fashion
Posted Sep 20 2002 3:13PM
Toronto Raptors TV and radio voice Chuck Swirsky gives NBA.com/Canada the skinny on NBA fashion.
I have been an NBA fan since I was a kid and have seen different uniform styles come and go. In the 1960s the Association kept it simple. The old Cincinnati Royals, now the Sacramento Kings, were one of the first teams to incorporate three colors in their uniform. In the late 60s the Los Angeles Lakers moved into the Great Western Forum and owner Jack Kent Cooke dressed the Lakers in gold uniforms, making them the first NBA team to have a color other than white as its designated home uniform. The Seattle SuperSonics followed with gold and green home uniforms, and that started what I call the "uniform revolution", matching the free-spirited days of the early-mid 70s when the United States was going through a change in attitude, outlook and opinion.
Atlanta and the great Pete Maravich had some funky-looking uniforms featuring lime green and a blue stripe in front. The Baltimore Bullets matched that with home orange uniforms . . . are you kidding me? You could always count on the old-fashioned Boston Celtics. Could you imagine Red Auerbach coaching a team with psychedelic uniforms? I don't think so.
My favorite jersey number? Easy: #15.
Oh, one other thing . . . in the 60s and 70s teams sported "team" socks. For example, the Knicks wore a white sock with a blue and orange thin stripe on top. The Bullets took it one step further and wore either all orange or blue stockings with a "B" for Baltimore on the sock . . . how cool is that?
Always a pleasure . . . Chuck Swirsky