BY KELLY ROCHE
Toronto is the Centre of the Universe, and the jerseys for the 2016 NBA all-star game support this thesis.
To honour the global celebration and pay tribute to Hogtown – the site of the NBA’s first game – “we’ve incorporated design elements that are inspired by the city’s basketball history, sports culture and unique fashion scene to make an all-star collection that players and fans will love,” said Adidas global basketball general manager Chris Grancio in a news release issued Thursday.
The February 14 match is being played at the Air Canada Centre — the first time the NBA all-star game is being played outside the U.S.
Uniforms feature a maple leaf overlay on the front of the jerseys, with Toronto’s cityscape across the back.
Clean, single-layered fonts are a nod to the NBA’s early days in Toronto, where the first NBA game was played on Nov. 1, 1946, between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers.
A star patch incorporating the maple leaf and NBA logo is displayed on the upper back of the uniforms, while black-and-gold jock tags display the Toronto Raptors’ alternate team colours and claw logo.
The Raptors are leading the Atlantic division with a 12-7 record and are fourth in the Eastern conference.
They’re at home tonight, facing the Denver Nuggets.