Posted by Neil Paine on April 12, 2010
Over at Uni Watch, Paul Lukas has been posting some fun "uniform tweaks", new uniform concepts for (mostly baseball) teams. He has presented some basketball ones, of course, but since I created a ton of NBA & CBB uniform re-creations in MS Paint a long time ago, I thought I'd try my hand at some tweaks, redesigns, and "fauxbacks" (aka "a retro-ish uniform that is clearly meant to evoke a particular design from the past but does not quite duplicate that design faithfully, sometimes due to laziness or inattention to detail, sometimes intentionally") in an ongoing series here at the blog. Some of them will be bad, I admit that going in. But some of them will hopefully be cool, or at least different. And if you have any of your own, I'd love to post them as well, so hit me up with an e-mail and send me what you've got.
Today, I wanted to kick things off with a couple of "fauxbacks" for the Hawks and Celtics....
This is a Hawks one I did a while ago. I always liked their 1980s "Pac Man" logo and the Dominique Wilkins-era uniform style, but I'm not a huge fan of the gold and red color scheme they sported before upgrading to the much better navy/red/white scheme they sport today. I think the current Hawks uniform is one of the best-looking ones in the league (except for their red alternate, which is terrible), but I wouldn't mind seeing a modern re-imagining of the 1980s unis, using their current color scheme. The font I used above isn't really important, you can sub in any number of similar ones for the same effect, but I like the general concept. This is what a "fauxback" is all about.
It's tough to do anything to a classic like the Celtics' uniform, which has essentially gone untouched for more than 60 years. I feel like Tommy Heinsohn would have a stroke if the C's ever wore something like this, so we're left to work with more traditional design elements. I normally hate pinstripes on basketball jerseys, but I like what the Bobcats have done with them this season, and I always thought the Pacers' late-90s/early-2000s design was pretty underrated, so why not try them with the Celts? (I know, pinstripes and Boston have a bad history, but maybe we can work past those differences.) The other tweak was to incorporate gold/yellow, which was a part of the Celtics' original color scheme, into the design (Boston already uses an old gold variant in the St. Patrick's Day unis, so this wasn't a huge stretch). The results are... okay. The bottom one has a 1980s Jazz vibe, but I could at least see the Celtics taking the court with these and not looking ridiculously out of place.
Finally, here's your insane uniform remix of the day. The home one isn't really that crazy, it's basically a minor tweak of their 1974-85 road uniform, applying it to the home white design. But on the right... whoa. Whenever I do a redesign, I like to look at a city's flag for an alternate color scheme, and Chicago's flag features red, white, and baby blue. That was the starting point, and then I came across an alternate "Bulls" logo here that was a pretty good fit for a redesign like this. Add some "Pointedly Mad", and suddenly you have a radically new Bulls uniform design. Now, can I see Michael Jordan wearing that, ever? Probably not. And it's probably more D-League-ish than you'd like to see in the NBA, but it still turned out better than I thought a baby blue Bulls uni with a drastically changed wordmark and logo could be.