Finally, after a long summer and the USA's rout of the competition in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the NBA is back in action. Here at Sneaker Report, we pay a great amount of attention to what sneakers are laced up throughout the season, but that's not the only thing. Uniforms and on court apparel drive us as well, and there's nothing better then the nostalgic feeling that a throwback jersey can bring.
The NBA has always been on the forefront of uniform design, bringing some of the most iconic looks to the hardwood that will forever be engrained in our memory. Who could forget the legendary Laker purple and gold with Magic at the helm, or Reggie Miller taunting Spike Lee in the Pacer's Flo-Jo uniforms. Every so often, NBA teams will dig into the archive and bring out a throwback that strikes a cord, and brings you back to a certain moment in time. With the season underway, we put together a list of uniforms that deserve another chance to stake their claim in the league and rewrite history in a classic look. Here's 10 Throwback Jerseys the NBA Needs to Bring Back.
Danny Mitchell is a freelance writer from New York and contributor to Sneaker Report with an unwavering passion for the Knicks, sneakers, golf, and vintage 90′s gear. Find him on Twitter @dmitch_23
It was Always Miller Time in the Flo-Jo's
Team: Indiana Pacers
Seasons worn: 1990-1997
Designed by Olympic track legend Florence Griffith Joyner, the Pacers uniform from the '90s is the most iconic look in team history. While wearing the Flo-Jo's, the Pacers made it to the playoffs six consecutive times, and sparked the career of one of the greatest shooters the league ever saw in Reggie Miller. With the loss of Paul George for the season, Indiana needs a nice pick-me-up, and the Flo-Jo's may be the answer.
MJ Brought Back the Hornets Name, Why Not The Uniforms?
Team: Charlotte Hornets
Seasons worn: 1988-2002
After a rather unsuccessful run under the Bobcats name, Charlotte fans can rejoice as their beloved Hornets are once again back in town. Over the summer, the Hornets debuted their new uniforms for the upcoming season and to be honest they're not bad. The uniforms feature a similar aesthetic and logo as their golden era with Alonzo and LJ, but failed bring back the iconic jersey we all fell in love with. With the king of retro, Michael Jordan at the helm, hopefully inspiration strikes and we see this look back on the floor sooner then later.
Let the Big Buck Roam Free in Milwalkee
Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Seasons worn: 1995-1997
To be honest, these uniforms usually strike a love/hate reaction. Milwaukee briefly brought back the "Big Buck" jersey last year as part of a special throwback collection, but only ended up wearing them twice during the season. The Bucks are going through one of the worst runs in franchise history as they've only made it to the playoffs three times in the last ten years. With a new coach in Jason Kidd, the uniforms could light a fire under the young group and help them channel the days of Glenn Robinson and Ray Allen. One thing we do know, Jabari Parker could match some serious Jordan PE's with this look.
In That Red and Yellow Thing, Old School Atlanta Hawks
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Seasons worn: 1995-1999
For whatever reason, these Hawks uniforms catch a lot of heat. Maybe the modern look was too big of a change for Hawks fans who grew up with the classic look from the Dominique era, but those times are over. No offense to Atlanta, but their current jersey rotation is one of the most basic, and unappealing looks in the league. Switching back to this modern classic could light a fuse for the Hawks, who are currently trying to regain traction as a viable squad in the Eastern Conference.
It's Finally Time for the Rockets to Blast Off Again
Team: Houston Rockets
Seasons worn: 1995-2003
Some may consider the cartoonish nature of this Rockets logo a bit out of touch with the modern aesthetics, but its time for change in Houston. Since the days of Barkley, Olajuwon, and Drexler, the Rockets always had some of the cleanest and visually pleasing uniforms in the league. The current regime in Houston has gotten away from the '90s vibe and gone with a more modern, simplistic design that hasn't exactly yielded results. Dwight already practices with Hakeem in the offseason, why not rock the same uniforms as him? Maybe it'll teach him how to make a free throw.
Call it a Welcome Home Gift for LeBron
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Seasons worn: 1994-1997
During the first go around with LeBron in Cleveland, we saw just about every throwback uniform the Cavs had in their arsenal, except for these. During the Shawn Kemp and Brevin Knight era, Cleveland saw several winning seasons only managed to get past the first round of the playoffs once. As part of a special collection last year, the Cavs brought back the black uniforms for a couple games but failed to stick. With the high-flying makeup of the 2014-15 Cavaliers, paying homage to Kemp and the gang could bring another level of swag to Ohio.
The Detroit Players Could Use Some Horse Power
Team: Detroit Pistons
Seasons worn: 1995-2001
The Bad Boys probably wouldn't of approved of the teal look the Pistons opted for in the mid '90s as it didn't exactly fit their hard nosed, brash style of play. Those days in the NBA are all but over, so it's time the Pistons go back in the vault and dust these bad boys off. With Stan Van Gundy taking over in Detroit to try to revive the franchise after it's worst slump in years, why not draw some more attention by breaking out some of the cleanest uniforms the league has ever seen.
Unleash the Grizzly Bear on Memphis
Team: Vancouver Grizzlies
Seasons worn: 1995-2001
At first glance, the Vancouver Grizzlies uniforms have a lot going on. The aqua color, a big bear claw running down the shorts, and a trim unlike any other uniform in the league, the Grizzlies truly set themselves apart, which is what the NBA is currently missing. Uniforms of today are more simplistic and toned down, with very little individuality between teams. Although Vancouver isn't around anymore, it's time to breath new life into this look and use them in every day rotation in Memphis.
Riding the Rocky Mountain High
Team: Utah Jazz
Seasons worn: 1996-2004
Although John Stockton and Karl Malone never won an NBA title, they're legacy will always be tied together. Their run catapulted the Jazz to the franchise they are today, so its surprising the Utah hierarchy hasn't decided to revisit the look. Time to dump those hideous green uniforms from the last few years, and bring back the Rocky Mountain look that truly embodies what Utah is really about.
Drizzy, Let's Bring the Raptors Back to Toronto
Team: Toronto Raptors
Seasons worn: 1995-1999
It's been OVO season in Toronto, as Drake was hired as "ambassador" for the Raptors last year. Drizzy's first order of business shouldn't of been an OVO lint roller, instead he should of focused on bringing back the "Dino" jerseys that made the franchise what it is today. The high-flying days of Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady spawned an era of Raptors fans, and the jersey hasn't gone out of style since. While Toronto still uses the Raptor in it's logo, the uniforms have yet to make a comeback, and that time has come. To be fair, Raptors executives have stated they planned on bringing back the "Dino" uniform, but until we see them on court, they remain at the top of our list.