Spurs show off new jerseys
The San Antonio Spurs unveiled their new alternate jerseys on Wednesday. San Antonio plans to wear these gray uniforms during select home games this season. These new alternates are, in a word, “unique.”
The main feature of the news duds is that the words “San Antonio” or “Spurs” are nowhere to be found. In fact, on the front of the jerseys there are no words anywhere. According to the Express-News‘ Jeff McDonald, that took some negotiation with the NBA league office. I appreciate trying something new, I really do, but I think that in this instance it backfired.
According to the press release sent out by the Spurs, “The new design simply features our iconic ‘spur’ logo and it is positioned over the heart as it has such enormously deep roots with our team, fans and the entire community.” I can understand that. Soccer teams in Europe have their team crest located over their hearts for that very same reason. They also have advertising front and center on their jerseys, something the NBA has talked about doing (Note: I’m fine with that, I could care less about the “advertising on jerseys” issue).
The problem with the Spur is that it’s too big. It’s all good to have it over the heart, even if you don’t have an ad front and center, but the Spur is simply too large for that location. I’m not a design guy, but the balance feels off. With the Spur so large, it looks like there was only one place available to put the numbers on the front. I’d rather see the Spur shrunk and the number slightly larger, lowered and more centrally-located.
Otherwise, I think these jerseys are good. I do appreciate the novelty of not having the city or team name on the front and the team simply represented by a symbol. I also like the color, it’s a major improvement over the Silver Saturday jerseys of yesteryear. I’m also a fan of the SA logo on the shorts and the stripes running down each side. Basically, everything except the size and location of that Spur.
In the end, though, it doesn’t matter. It’s about the players in the jerseys and what they do while wearing them. What are your thoughts on the new unis? Why is Kawhi Leonard actually smiling? Leave us a comment below, just be nice.