History Of New York Nets Basketball Jersey
The history of New York Nets basketball jersey is similar to the history of much of the jerseys in the NBA and the defunct ABA. There were slight variations over time, but nothing completely radical. First, to make a distinction, this article is about the jersey of the New York Nets. The Nets hailed from New York from the franchise's inception in 1967 when it was one of the original eleven ABA teams. The Nets remained from New York in their first season in the NBA, which was the 1976-1977 season. After the 1976-1977 season, the team was moved to New Jersey, which is where it remains to this day, although there are strong rumors of the team moving to Brooklyn in the next five years.
The original New York Nets basketball jersey lasted from 1968 to 1972. This first uniform featured a white home jersey with "Nets" written in bold red script as well as the player number, which were both outlined in blue. The bands lining the neck-hole, arm-holes, waist, and short legs were red, white and blue. The away jersey was blue with "New York" and the player number written in red and outlined in white. The neck-hole, arm-holes, waist, and short legs were banded with red and white. The Nets' uniform has consisted of variations on red, white and blue even up to today.
The next incarnation of the New York Nets uniform lasted from 1972-1977. The second uniform is the uniform that was popularized by famous photos of Dr. J and his acrobatic dunks and high-flying moves. The home jersey was white with "Nets" and the player number written in red. The right side of the uniform had a bold red stripe that ran down the side of the uniform to the shorts and then cut across the short legs from right to left. To the right of the red stripe was a blue band with white stripes that ran down the side of the jersey to the bottom of the shorts. The away jersey was blue, with "New York" and the player number written in white. This jersey featured the same red stripe, but the band to the right of the stripe was white with blue stars.
This was the same jersey that the Nets used up through their last days in New York. When the team moved to New Jersey, they altered the jersey slightly. The home jersey remained identical, while the away jersey had "Nets" written in white and "New Jersey" written in white along the red stripe which ran down the side of the jersey.
The New Jersey Nets have changed their jersey several times from the late 70's up through 2010, but the New York Nets, in their decade of existence only had two different jersey designs. Now impress your friends with your knowledge of throw-back jerseys the next time you see them.