Yesterday, we shared a report with you from ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin, who revealed that the Los Angeles Lakers would wear short-sleeved jerseys next season. Today, McMenamin has not only told us when the Lakers will don the sleeved tops, but has also revealed that the team will wear a black uniform for the first time next season:
The Lakers will wear the white short-sleeve uniforms on Christmas Day and also when the league celebrates “Noche Latina” when the jerseys will be modified to say “Los Lakers,” a source said.
According to a league source, adidas has mocked up short-sleeve alternative jerseys for all 10 teams playing on Christmas Day.
The Lakers will also be adding a black jersey to their uniform rotation next season, according to a league source. The alternative uniform will be part of the league’s city pride series, joining the Detroit Pistons’ upcoming “Motor City” uniforms and the Portland Trail Blazers’ “Rip City” set, but unlike the others, it will still say “Lakers” across the chest. The lettering and numerals will appear in purple with gold outlines and the rest of the jersey material will be primarily black, with some gold accents, the source said. It will not have sleeves, the source added.
I’m not sure how I feel about the short-sleeved jerseys being used on Christmas Day (although, from a marketing standpoint it makes sense: some kids who get money for Christmas will probably be running to the store the next day to get their own shirt) though the black jerseys are something I am looking forward to.