At first glance, I was not a fan of the jerseys. The front looks like it should have something, anything to augment the number and Spurs logo. I understand the initiative to create a new, refreshing jersey but adding ‘San Antonio’ to the front would have been a nice touch.
The trim on the shorts and the logo located on the bottom left are simplistic design elements that I do appreciate, however. Still, I would have preferred the jerseys to resemble their NBA counterparts rather than a practice jersey.
Rick Pych, Spurs Sports & Entertainment President of Business Operations, explained why the Spurs opted for the first-ever jersey without any writing or peripheral design on the front. (Many have speculated that the bare front is a precursor to the implementation of advertising. If this is the case, the clutter will be reduced significantly.) San Antonio will wear the alternate jerseys for multiple home games this season.
“We are introducing a new and unique Spurs jersey this coming season. 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. It’s the first-ever NBA jersey logo without any writing or peripheral design on the front of the jersey and we’re very glad to be introducing this new use of the classic icon of the Spurs to our fans.”
The alternate jerseys will be available to Spurs fans who purchase the six-game “Platinum Pick 6″ ticket package which includes a choice between the Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 9) or Miami Heat (March 31) and five additional games. Packages will include a replica Danny Green or Kawhi Leonard jersey. The first 150 fans to purchase a package will earn a meet and greet with Leonard and Green and the opportunity to receive an autograph. (Ticket packages can be found at spurs.com or by calling 210-444-5050.)
Academy Sports and Outdoors, Spurs Fan Shop and NBAStore.com will carry the alternate jerseys on Oct. 6.
Photo courtesy of Project Spurs