ADIDAS unveiled the uniforms for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday (Friday, Manila time), its last as the NBA’s official outfitter before being replaced by Nike next season.
For the annual showcase set on February 19 in New Orleans, the Western Conference All Stars will be in a charcoal gray kit with the numbers in red with gold trim. The Eastern Conference selections will wear light gray with blue numbers trimmed in white. The players’ names will be located underneath the numbers in the back, and conference badges will appear on the shorts.
Both uniforms have a Kia sponsor patch on the top left corner of the jerseys and the adidas logo on the opposite side, a practice started two years ago and a possible trend among NBA teams, with owners agreeing last year to allow advertising on uniforms for a three-year test period.
The new All-Star jerseys, though, have been largely met with criticism online, with NBA fans questioning the dull choice of colors that don’t identify with the vibrant host city New Orleans.
The All-Star Game will be hosted by the New Orleans Pelicans at their home arena, the Smoothie King Center after the NBA replaced original venue Charlotte, North Carolina in response to the state's House Bill 2 or Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which allegedly discriminates against members of the LGBT community.
New Orleans also hosted the 2008 and 2014 All-Star Game, where the jerseys of each staging had a distinctive local touch.