Los Angeles- The Los Angeles Clippers are unveiling their new Nike City jerseys on Nov. 10 against the Bucks. The sleek look of the jersey is very unique and it is very symbolic how the colors of the jersey are paying homage to the 1984 USA Basketball team.
“In honor of the 35th season, we wanted to celebrate the energy, excitement, and contributions of the 1984 Olympic Games with our new City Edition uniforms,” said Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker. “With mashups being so popular in music, we leaned on the fantastic design team at Nike who married the L.A. wordmark with the Team USA design to inspire these uniforms. The goal was to create a uniform our team would be proud to wear as they pay homage to the gold medal-winning 1984 USA Basketball Team and to the contributions of the legendary Ralph Lawler in his final season with the Clippers.”
1984 was a seminal year for the city of Los Angeles, with the L.A. Clippers playing their first season hosting the Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad. The Clippers started their tenure in L.A. defeating the New York Knicks 107-105 on November 1, 1984. The team that year included All-Star Norm Nixon, current Bucks announcer Marques Johnson, and future Clippers broadcaster Bill Walton.
“Moving to L.A. with the Clippers 35 years ago was the start of a great adventure for me, as well as for the Clippers. It’s thrilling and fun to reminisce about our first season in L.A. and all of the excitement in this great city that year, especially as I call my final season,” said Lawler. “Being a part of uniforms that celebrate the history of this franchise and the spirit of the Olympics is an honor, ” said the Clippers’ organization.
With the Clippers going into a new direction with different players and a different identity, the new stylish look is just in time.