City Edition uniforms: Eastern Conference teams in 2018-19
From NBA.com Staff
Across the NBA, the City Edition uniforms for the 2018-19 season are coming into view for fans. Some are updates of what teams wore a season ago, while others are a completely new look. Here’s what teams in the Eastern Conference will be sporting on City Edition nights this season …
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The 50th anniversary season of the Hawks in Atlanta is underway and the team has a City Edition uniform that aims to pay homage to that. The black-and-gold apparel combination was uniquely designed to honor the team’s first half century in Atlanta. In addition, the Hawks will have a 50th Anniversary black-and-gold floor. Both looks will be officially used on Nov. 9 against the Detroit Pistons.
The Celtics kept up with their storied tradition in their City Edition uniforms. The new look features as signature from Red Auerbach stitched into the jersey. The jerseys also feature Nike+ Connect, the traditional “BOSTON” wordmark that debuted on road uniforms in the 1940s and colors of green, white and gold that are part of the franchise’s roots.
Tradition redefined. Say hello to our 2018-19 City Edition. ☘️
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) November 9, 2018
The Nets are honoring cultural diversity, swagger and a Brooklyn icon with their new 2018-19 City Edition uniform.
The uniform’s multi-color “Brooklyn Camo” pattern represents the cultural diversity in the borough, which is home to people of all races, religions, and ethnicities. The new uni also pays homage to Brooklyn icon Christopher “Biggie” Wallace with their Biggie-inspired jersey. The team plans to wear the uniform 16 times in 2018-19.
As for the Hornets, they are sticking with the “Buzz City” look they sported last season for their City Edition uniforms. Slight tweaks to the design have been made in terms of the chest plate on the uniform, the color of player numbers and more.
The Hornets plan to wear the uniforms for 10 home games this season and for seven road games.
The Bulls have a new City Edition look for this season as well, inspired by the Flag of Chicago.
The Cavaliers throw it back to 1994 with their City Edition uniforms. The orange and blue are similar to the colors worn by the team when they returned to downtown Cleveland.
There’s power in this lake. There’s strength in this city.
Introducing our 2018-19 Cleveland City Edition Uniforms, in partnership with @TheCLE 🌊 #BeTheFight || #ThisisCLE
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— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 8, 2018
The Cavs plan to wear the City Edition uniforms six times this season.
The Pistons will once again sport the “Motor City” look that has been in their uniform mix for several seasons. However, there are some changes to the colors in the uniform — specifically some bold, highway-like striping down the middle of the jersey. In addition, the City Edition uniforms have a black base with gray accents.
The Pacers’ City Edition uniforms are focused on speed. The all-caps “PACERS” font and the slogan “Always Lead” highlight the gray and gold uniform.
Indiana will wear their City Edition uniforms 13 times this season.
The Heat had one of the more popular City Edition uniforms in 2017-18 with their “Vice” uniform look, albeit with a new name. Called the “Vice Nights” uniform by the team, the new look features the classic Heat silhouette from 1988 colored in laser fuchsia and blue gale. It is meant to serve as a homage to both the history of the team and the city in the 1980s.
Miami will wear its “Vice Nights” look 15 times this season, with the first game coming on Nov. 9 against the Indiana Pacers.
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 5, 2018
With a nod to their MECCA era that represented Milwaukee to many and keyed one of the team’s most successful eras, the Bucks unveiled their City Edition uniforms for 2018-19. A tasteful combination of yellow, blue and green mark the Bucks’ new uniforms this season.
Milwaukee is slated to play in its City Edition uniforms 12 times this season, with the first game coming on Nov. 19 at home against the Denver Nuggets.
Introducing the Bucks 2018-19 City Edition!!
Inspired by the MECCA, celebrating risk-taking and the art of the game.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 5, 2018
History comes to the forefront for the Knicks and their City Edition uniform.
Per the Knicks: “The City Edition uniform represents the unity and diversity of our city. The iconic skyline symbolizes our ambitions and shared dreams. The blue and orange piping pays homage to the 1952-61 Knicks uniform. The first Knicks uniform worn with a non-arched New York wordmark.”
Like last season, the Magic are using a celestial theme for their City Edition uniforms in 2018-19. This season’s edition features a shimmery cosmic look and feel and the jerseys have more of a black tone than the blue and black look from last season.
Here’s more from the Magic’s release on the uniforms:
The Magic’s City Edition uniform celebrates Orlando as a city of dreamers. The uniform keeps the iconic symbol for the Magic over the years front and center and features a shimmery cosmic look and feel. Symbolic of reaching beyond the limits, the City Edition breaks from the team’s pinstripe tradition for a unique take on the Magic name.
The Magic plan to wear the uniforms Nov. 14, when they host the Philadelphia 76ers, and will wear them other dates throughout the season.
The Philadelphia 76ers unveiled their 2018-19 City Edition uniform, presented in partnership with Official Jersey Patch Sponsor StubHub. The 2018-19 City Edition uniform celebrates Philadelphia’s rich history of the challenger’s mentality that inspired the “Rocky” and “Creed” films.
Here’s more from the Sixers’ release on the uniforms:
The uniform’s core displays the iconic circle of 13 stars derived from the boxing ring where Rocky Balboa first squared off against Apollo Creed, while the gray sweatsuit-textured base was influenced by both Adonis Creed’s and Rocky’s legendary training scenes throughout the streets of Philadelphia. The crisp blue, red and white waistband trim on the shorts is inspired by Rocky’s championship belt. Meanwhile, the phrase “PHILADELPHIA, USA,” is embroidered on the lower left hem of the jersey as a nod to the city’s fans, heart and determination.
Following up on the tradition started last season, the Raptors are continuing with their OVO-themed home games and uniforms. These City Edition uniforms are much like last seasons — black and gold — that should coincide with home games featuring a black and gold home court. The team did not specify how many times the Raptors would wear the OVO unis in 2018-19.
The Wizards made a pair of announcements on Nov. 2 with their jerseys in mind. First, they revealed their new jersey sponsor, the insurance company Geico. Second, they revealed their City Edition uniforms, which is designed to pay tribute to an iconic area of Washington, D.C. — the National Mall.
Here’s more from the Wizards’ website about the City Edition uniforms:
The 2018-19 City Edition is designed to celebrate the one-of-a kind scene that is Washington D.C.’s National Mall at night. In addition to the silhouette of the Washington Monument in marble up the uniform’s sides, the D.C. flag is also featured on the belt of the shorts.
The Wizards plan to wear the City Edition uniforms 19 times this season, with the first game coming on Nov. 16 against the Brooklyn Nets.