Each uniform edition is symbolic of the Lakers principles maintained throughout our long-storied history.
The Uniform Collection
After 35 years of purple and gold, the Lakers introduced our white uniforms at the start of the 2002-03 season. The color denotes our affinity for conscious change. The introduction of a white uniform was an idea before we made the move to STAPLES Center, but was a vision brought to life after our first three-peat in Los Angeles.
Notice, the tape detail encompassing all the Lakers colors.
The transition from powder blue and white to the now quintessential purple and gold was motivated by regal aspirations. To this day, Lakers gold is representative of the wisdom, quality, and success of our organization.
Notice, the purple belt blocking is a heritage tie to the spirit of Showtime.
After seven years at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, we moved to the Forum in 1967. In addition to the new arena, the Lakers’ owner at the time, Jack Kent Cooke, instituted a new color scheme — purple and gold. He felt the hues gave us a regal connotation. For over 50 years, Lakers purple has personified the team’s nobility, power, and ambition.
Notice, the black paneling instead of the standard gold as a nod to the Showtime era. The black represents the dark arena before the dim lights came on and the Show began.
Each year, the City Edition uniform features elements that are emblematic of our history and our city.
The Nike 21-22 NBA City Edition uniform is a compilation of details from each iconic era of Lakers Basketball spanning from the Lakers start in Minneapolis to our arrival and reign in Los Angeles.
The Uniform Philosophy
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Why are we wearing purple at home? Why are we wearing gold on the road? Why are we wearing white when it’s not Sunday or a holiday?
We’re a team built on tradition, always have been. Our fans find comfort in the dependable nature of who we are. And who we are will never change, but we’re constantly evolving. And we’ll do whatever we need to when it comes to the best interest of the game.
Enter uniforms —
It’s pretty simple, the home team picks what uniform they wear at home and a majority of teams prefer wearing their dark uniforms at home.
Traditionally, we try to honor wearing our White Association Edition on Sundays and holidays, Our Purple Statement Edition on Wednesdays, our City Edition at home, and our Gold Icon Edition every other time at home.
Sometimes we have to go with a different game plan.
But the fact of the matter is, it all really comes down to representing our name on the front as best we can – and that never changes. That game plan’s always the same.