Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Lakers will wear short-sleeve jerseys in several games next season, according to a team source.
The source said the jerseys will be white, the same color as the alternative uniforms the Lakers introduced for the 2002-03 season and traditionally wear on Sundays.
The source added 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”.
The Lakers will also be adding a black jersey to their uniform rotation next season as part of the league’s city pride series, joining the Detroit Pistons’ upcoming “Motor City” uniforms and the Portland Trail Blazers’ “Rip City” jerseys.
Unlike the others, the black uniform 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 Golden State Warriors were the first team to wear the adizero short-sleeve jerseys designed by Adidas last season. The jerseys, according to adidas, are 26 percent lighter than the traditional NBA jersey.
The Phoenix Suns, who recently redesigned their jersey, also will have a short-sleeve alternate in their uniform set next season.
According to a league source, adidas has mocked up short-sleeve alternative jerseys for all 10 teams playing on Christmas Day.
Last season, Lakers point guard Steve Nash suggested that each player should be able to choose his own uniform preference.
“I don’t see why we all need the same tailor, as long as it’s pretty uniform,” Nash said. “I’m sure within reason.”