Posts Tagged ‘Retro Jerseys’

The Houston Rockets are returning to their roots with a special uniform that recognizes the beginnings of the franchise in Southern California.

The Rockets on Wednesday unveiled their “Hardwood Classic” edition uniforms for the upcoming NBA season, which for Houston starts Oct. 19 with a road game against the Atlanta Hawks. The team will occasionally where white jerseys and shorts with gold-and-green letters, numbers and trim, a departure from the Rockets’ usual red-based look and a tribute to their origins in San Diego in the late 1960s.

The San Diego Rockets, who debuted as an NBA expansion franchise in 1967 before moving to Houston in 1971, wore green, gold and white uniforms and featured players such as Elvin Hayes, Calvin Murphy, Pat Riley and Rudy Tomjanovich. All four have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, with Tomjanovich coaching the Rockets to their only two NBA championships in 1994 and 1995.

“There’s a common thread that we pull from to make our future promising,” narrator Tobe Nwigwe says in a video unveiling the uniforms on the Rockets’ website. “To paint the full picture of this rich Rockets history, you’ll have to go back to the very beginning. That thread wasn’t always red.”

The Rockets will wear the special uniforms during six home games at Toyota Center – Nov. 18 against Indiana, Nov. 20 against Golden State, Nov. 25 against Atlanta, Dec. 11 against Milwaukee, March 13 against Boston and April 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The jerseys are available on pre-order on the Rockets’ website at a cost of $120.

To coincide with the uniforms’ debut on Nov. 18, the Rockets announced this week they are retiring Hayes’ No. 44 jersey during halftime of that game. The 6-foot-9 post player was the Rockets’ No. 1 overall draft pick out of the University of Houston in 1968 and was the NBA scoring leader as a rookie, a 12-time All-Star, two-time league rebounding leader, a league champion with Washington in 1978 and a hall of fame inductee in 1990.

Hayes started and ended his 16-year professional career with the Rockets, averaging 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds in a total of 572 games over seven seasons with the franchise.

Love it or hate it, teal is back in the Motor City.

Detroit will wear a replica of the road uniforms the Pistons wore from 1996 – 2001 as their classic uniform this season.

“To Pistons fans everywhere – we heard you, and this is for you,” said Mike Zavodsky, Chief Business Officer for the Detroit Pistons. “The teal jerseys represent a ‘colorful’ time in Pistons basketball and NBA history. We are thrilled to re-introduce the teal to a new generation of basketball fans and can’t wait to see this version of Detroit Basketball suit up in them.”

These were truly “love them or hate them” uniforms, but they had a lot of love in Detroit. Detroit probably just sold a lot of jerseys.

The Dallas Cowboys are the latest NFL team to unveil an alternate helmet for the 2022 season.

Dallas announced Thursday it’ll wear its throwback helmets – the white helmet with a single navy star – along with the throwback classic uniforms during the team’s Thanksgiving Day game against the New York Giants on Nov. 24.

The white helmet will be paired with the classic navy jerseys with white sleeves and shoulders.

“We’re beyond excited to bring back our throwback white helmets this season,” Cowboys chief brand officer Charlotte Jones said in a statement. “The white helmet, along with the throwback uniforms honoring our teams from the 1960s, have long been a fan favorite, and we’re thrilled to bring back the tradition of wearing those helmets and uniforms on Thanksgiving Day once again.”

This will be the first time since 2012 that the Cowboys wear their throwback helmets on Thanksgiving. The NFL updated its policy last season to allow teams to wear an alternate color helmet during games. The league banned the use of a second helmet in 2013 over player safety concerns.

The Cowboys previously honored their original uniform in Thanksgiving games each year from 2004-12, wearing a version of the original white helmet with the navy and white jersey with navy stars on the shoulders.

Dallas hopes that the return of its throwback unis will bring luck to the Cowboys as they look to snap a three-game losing streak on Thanksgiving Day.

The New York Giants announced Wednesday that they’re bringing back their classic blue uniforms for a pair of legacy games this season.

New York will wear the throwback unis at home against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 2 and Washington Commanders on Dec. 4. The uniform includes the return of the navy helmet with a raised wordmark on the side, as well as the solid scarlet red stripe, classic numbers, and side decals.

The Giants originally wore those uniforms from 1980-99 and won two Super Bowl titles in that span. In the 1986-87 season, New York beat Washington in the NFC Championship Game before topping the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. The Giants then eliminated the Bears in the division round four years later en route to a narrow Super Bowl XXV victory over the Buffalo Bills.

“This era obviously still holds a special place in the hearts of Giants fans,” Giants president John Mara said in a statement. “Our teams during that time featured legendary players, some of the best in our franchise’s history. And these uniforms remind us of what was accomplished through those years. We are thrilled to wear that uniform again.”

New York also announced that its 2022 legacy games will include Super Bowl XXI throwback end zones.

The Calgary Flames are ditching black and going back to the past.

The club announced Monday it will sport red and yellow retro uniforms on a full-time basis when the NHL’s next season begins.

The new (old) look is essentially an exact recreation of what the team sported from 1980-94.

Black trim was added to the Flames’ jerseys in 1995, and the design underwent several changes in the ensuing years (including the polarizing “horse” jerseys introduced in 1998).

The Flames reintroduced their classic look as a throwback uniform worn on special occasions in 2009, which prompted fans to clamor for a return to the beloved aesthetic on a full-time basis.