About a week ago it was learned that Adidas and the NBA would give new life to 12 classic uniforms from the latter part of the 1990s. Today, an image of all 12 throwbacks leaked, presumably from an Adidas catalog. As I’d been hoping, the initial visual looks awfully promising. Each and every one of the Hardwood Classics jerseys appears identical to its 1990s version, which helps to eliminate my fear that they’d completely mess this up. Without further ado, here’s your sneak preview of the 2012/13 throwbacks (courtesy of SneakerWatch.com).
The Milwaukee Bucks jersey comes as a pleasant surprise. I thought we were going to get the late ’90s version with nothing but “Bucks” written across the front, but instead we’ve been given one of my personal favorites, the “deer in the headlights.” All of the others are exactly what I had expected to see, which is fantastic. My only concern now is that the big, screen-printed designs on some of these jerseys will look strange on today’s materials (I’m assuming they won’t make these out of mesh).
Whether or not Adidas and the NBA plan to sell authentic versions of these, I’m still not sure. I think they’d be foolish not to as I’d literally start throwing money at them, but I don’t believe they retailed any of the ABA throwbacks from last season, and I doubt that they need or care about my money. If nothing else I’m sure they’ll auction off some of the game-worn items (but those are expensive and unwearable. PLEASE, NBA, release these to the public!).
I am officially very excited.