Warriors pay Klay Thompson tribute prior to college jersey retirement

Jan 24, 2019; Washington, DC, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) dunks the ball as Washington Wizards center Thomas Bryant (13) looks on in the first quarter at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

With the Warriors currently sit with the worst record in the Western Conference in the 2019-20 season; it’s easy to forget, Golden State took over the NBA over the past five seasons. The Warriors won three-titles and made five straight trips to the NBA Finals, but a league-worst 9-34 record makes their run feel like ages ago.

However, the players that built Golden State’s run at a dynasty are getting recognition for their success in the past. Earlier in the season, Draymond Green got his jersey retired by his college alma mater, Michigan State.

Green isn’t the only member of Golden State’s championship run that will see his jersey pulled into the rafters at his college stomping ground. Washington State University will retire Klay Thompson’s No. 1 jersey when Oregon State rolls into Beasley Coliseum.

With the Warriors scheduled to play the Orlando Magic on Saturday during Thompson’s jersey retirement ceremony, many from the Golden State contingent won’t be able to make the trip to Pullman, outside of Stephen Curry.

Members of the Warriors found time to congratulate Thompson prior to the ceremony in a video tribute via social media.

Curry, along with teammates Green and Zaza Pachulia, all praised Thompson’s jersey retirement achievement. Thompson’s coach, Steve Kerr, and Warriors general manager Bob Myers were both involved in the former Cougar’s special message.

At Washington State, Thompson ranks third in all-time points scored (1,756) and scored the most points in a single season during his junior year (733). The Splash Brother was named First-Team All Pac-10 twice in his tenure in Pullman and became only the second Cougar to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Thompson will join Steve Puidokas (No. 55) as the only two Washington State basketball players to get their jersey numbers retired by the university.

Mark Cuban: Mavericks Are Discussing Retiring Dirk Nowitzki’s Jersey in 2020

It’s inevitable that Dirk Nowitzki will have his No. 41 jersey retired in Dallas, and the ceremony is expected to happen at some point in 2020.

“Dirk and I are discussing it,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Dwain Price of the team’s website on Tuesday. “We’re trying to figure it out.”

It’s even possible that the Mavericks could retire his jersey at some point this season.

“The challenge is just getting it all done just because it’s not a lot of home games left. It’s only like (19) home games left, so that’s the hard part,” Cuban said. “So we’re discussing it now whether it’ll be now or one of the first couple of games next year.”

Nowitzki, 41, is the most revered player in franchise history after leading the Mavs to their lone NBA title in 2011 over LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat. He was a 14-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA first-team selection and the 2006-07 NBA MVP. He currently sits sixth all-time in points scored (31,560).

He also helped usher in the modern style of play, serving as an early prototype for the stretch-4 that is so predominant in the NBA today. Not many big men could stretch the floor as proficiently as Nowitzki, a career 38 percent shooter from three.

Add it all up, and it’s pretty obvious why the Mavericks plan to not only retire his jersey but also construct a statue of Nowitzki in the future.

“We’re also talking about hopefully being able to unveil a model for the statue at the beginning of next year as well,” Cuban said. “So hopefully we can put the two together. Nothing is etched in stone yet, but we’re looking at it.”

OKC Thunder: Special edition uniforms honor bombing victims, educate new generation

The Thunder will wear it's new "City" uniforms for the first time on Thursday against the Rockets. It's the Thunder's first nationally broadcast game this season, ensuring maximum attention for the uniforms marking the 25th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Ryan Whicher is ecstatic the Thunder-Rockets game will be nationally televised Thursday night.

It’s not because he lives in Maryland and none of Oklahoma City’s other games this season have been broadcast beyond the local telecasts. It’s not even because Russell Westbrook will make his return to OKC.

Whicher is pumped because millions of people will get to see the Thunder’s uniforms.

On Thursday, OKC will debut its new “City” uniforms, designed to pay homage to those affected by the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. A striking combination of charcoal and bronze, numerous details will be familiar to Oklahomans. The Survivor Tree on the waistbands. The Gates of Time on the side panels.

But for people outside of the state, the symbolism may be foreign.

And for some, the bombing itself may be unknown.

That’s why Whicher is so grateful the Thunder and the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum collaborated on these uniforms, why he is so glad viewers across the country and even around the world will have a chance to see them. They will help keep alive the memory of what happened.

“Tragedies like this, I always worry that everyone else is going to forget about it and the victims will kind of be on their own at some point,” Whicher said. “That’s a fear in the back of everyone’s head, I’m sure.

“And this is absolute 100% proof that’s not the case.”

Those killed, those injured and those affected haven’t been forgotten.

That includes Ryan Whicher’s dad.

Alan Whicher became the assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service field office in Oklahoma City back in August 1994. He decided to take the desk position after serving on President Bill Clinton’s security detail, moving to Oklahoma from Washington, D.C., hoping for a slower, simpler life.

Whicher didn’t want to miss any more birthdays or holidays with his family. He wanted to spend more time with his wife, Pam, and children Meredith, Melinda and Ryan.

No one welcomed that more than Ryan, who was in middle school at the time.

“He was like the Terminator in real life,” Ryan said. “He was this massive figure who was a law enforcement guy. To me, he was just this awesome human.”

Alan Whicher was in his new office on the ninth floor of the Murrah Building when that truck bomb exploded.

Two days later came the official notification of his death.

Ryan was only 12, but he had grown accustomed to his dad traveling for work. All of his dad’s years in the Secret Service meant when the president or vice president went somewhere, Alan Whicher went, too.

“It just felt like he was on a long trip,” Ryan said of those days after the bombing, “and we were just waiting for him to get home.”

But when Ryan saw adults in tears, including men who were big and strong and brave like his dad, Ryan started to understand the gravity of the situation. His dad wasn’t on a long trip. He wouldn’t be coming home.

Whicher’s mom moved the family back to the Washington, D.C., area soon after the bombing.

Ryan, along with his wife and two children, still live in Maryland.

Because the entire Whicher family has lived outside Oklahoma much of the past 25 years, they aren’t constantly exposed to reminders about the bombing. There are no field trips to the museum. No weekend strolls around the memorial. No special visits to the field of chairs.

Ryan Whicher doesn’t need those cues.

“It’s been almost 25 years, and not a day goes by where I don’t reflect on it in some way, shape or form,” he said.

But he knows most people living outside Oklahoma aren’t as aware of what happened that April day — or how so many responded in the wake of the tragedy.

There was care and love, support and hope.

“The actual act itself?” Ryan Whicher said. “That’s pain. You can go find a million things daily that will give you that pain.

“I want people to know the hope.”

He believes the Thunder’s uniforms will help spread that message.

“Think of some kid in France watching the basketball game,” Ryan Whicher said. “He probably doesn’t know this story. Maybe he does, but now he definitely will.”

Those are the kinds of people Kari Watkins was hoping to reach when the Thunder first approached the memorial about a special-edition uniform. As the executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, she embraced the idea of not only honoring those killed, injured and changed by the bombing but also spreading the “Oklahoma Standard” of service, honor and kindness to a new audience.

“We have our work cut out for us as far as really needing to make sure this story is told,” Watkins said. “A lot of people here know it. Some people don’t know it. But I feel like when those players put on that jersey, people will begin to ask questions.”

She heard some of them the other day when she went to Dick’s Sporting Goods to buy a “City” edition warmup. It features the service, honor and kindness motto, and when a young sales associate saw it, he asked Watkins what it meant.

Getting to share that message near and far is powerful.

“You can’t imagine the tentacles this will have,” Watkins said.

NBA to honor late commissioner David Stern with commemorative black bands on all jerseys for rest of season

Stern died on Wednesday at the age of 77

After suffering a brain hemorrhage in December, former NBA commissioner David Stern died on Wednesday at the age of 77. The game of basketball as a whole, and the tributes from coaches, players and media showed just how much he meant to the sport.

As such, the league is planning to honor Stern with commemorative black bands on all jerseys for the remainder of the season. Referees will also have black bands on their uniforms as well. Ironically, as Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch points out, the black bands to honor Stern will be placed next to the team’s jersey advertisements — an implementation Stern opposed during his tenure as commissioner.

A giant in the game, Stern oversaw the league for 30 years, with his time in charge spanning four decades from 1984-2014. From the Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson rivalry, through Michael Jordan’s reign with the Bulls and into the new millennium where new legends such as LeBron James emerged, Stern was there for it all, and helped shape the league into what it is today.

As current commissioner Adam Silver, who took over for Stern following his retirement in 2014, put it in his statement on Wednesday:

“David took over the NBA in 1984 with the league at a crossroads. But over the course of 30 years as a Commissioner, he ushered in the modern global NBA. He launched groundbreaking media and marketing partnerships, digital assets and social responsibility programs that have brought the game to billions of people around the world. Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand — making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation.”

It won’t be possible to replace Stern, but honoring him in this way helps keep his memory alive, and will be a reminder of his impact each and every night.

Sixers unveil new City Edition uniforms

The Philadelphia 76ers unveiled today its 2019-20 City Edition uniform, presented in partnership with Official Jersey Patch Partner, StubHub. The 76ers showcased the City Edition Tuesday evening to close the first-ever “76ers Crossover: Art Exhibition, presented by Reebok.”

Integrated into the Art Exhibition, the 2019-20 City Edition was revealed through a live speed-painting by artist David Garibaldi, explained through spoken word poetry written and performed by from artist Alix “Philo” Philogene, and worn by 76er Josh Richardson, who DJed to an exclusive audience of 76ers teammates, alumni, art enthusiasts, and more.

“It’s important to our organization to pay tribute to Philadelphia’s rich history, culture and landmarks as frequently and authentically as we can,” Philadelphia 76ers President Chris Heck said. “In partnership with StubHub, we designed the City Edition jersey to celebrate the Liberty Bell, a Philadelphia icon that transcends time and brings to life a powerful symbol that unites us all. We look forward to enjoying many special moments with our fans wearing these uniforms throughout the remainder of the season.”

“To close out the incredibly successful ‘76ers Crossover: Art Exhibition, presented by Reebok’ we wanted to once again showcase the powerful blend of basketball and the arts,” Philadelphia 76ers Chief Marketing Officer Katie O’Reilly said. “We were inspired to bring the uniform unveiling to life through artistic storytelling, highlighted by live painting, spoken word poetry and photography of Josh Richardson – made even more special by connecting his off-the-court passion for music to this event.”

The 2019-20 City Edition uniform pays homage to the Liberty Bell, a historical Philadelphia landmark, which embodies Philadelphia’s resiliency. The parchment color uniform features blue “Philadelphia” cursive script and predominantly displays the crack in the Liberty Bell down the side of the uniform. On the front hem, the jersey features the embroidered phrase “Pass and Stow,” inscribed on the front of the Liberty Bell. The two names are derived from Philadelphia foundry workers, John Pass and John Stow, who recast the original bell in 1753.

The City Edition is the fifth uniform the 76ers will wear for this season, joining the Icon, Association, Classic and Statement. Philadelphia will debut the City Edition uniform on Saturday, Nov. 30 against the Indiana Pacers at its first of six “City Nights, presented by StubHub”:

CITY NIGHTS, PRESENTED BY STUBHUB:

Saturday, Nov. 30 vs. Indiana Pacers

Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. Washington Wizards

Wednesday, Dec. 25 vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Saturday, March 14 vs. Indiana Pacers

Saturday, March 21 vs. Atlanta Hawks

Fans can purchase the jersey beginning Nov. 27 online at www.SixersShop.com and at in-arena stores.

“We are thrilled to once again team up with the 76ers to unveil another memorable jersey,” said Akshay Khanna, General Manager of the NBA at StubHub. “The City Edition uniform embraces the rich history of Philadelphia in a uniquely artistic way. StubHub is excited to continue our partnership with the 76ers organization and look forward to seeing the jersey debut later this month.”

The City Edition unveil capped off the inaugural 76ers Crossover: Art Exhibition, presented by Reebok. The four-day, free Exhibition featured more than 200 pieces of art by more than 100 artists from 11 different countries.

While the Art Exhibition has concluded, fans can continue bidding on the art displayed via the 76ers mobile app. The silent auction will run through Nov. 30 with a portion of the net proceeds going toward the Sixers Youth Foundation.

North Central retires jerseys for Whitens, Huskies’ Bilski

Three seasons ago, Jason Whitens and Dawson Bilski helped North Central win their third straight Class D state title in basketball.

On Monday, Whitens and Bilski became the fourth and fifth Jets to have their jerseys retired in front of a full crowd prior to North Central’s 65-53 win over Bark River-Harris.

The pair helped the Jets win three straight Class D state championships in 2015-17.

Whitens, a redshirt sophomore guard at Western Michigan, wore No. 30 and holds North Central school records in career points, rebounds, assists and steals. He went an incredible 108-1 as a varsity player. He scored 2,062 points, which ranks fifth all-time in the U.P. He is one of only 50 players in the state of Michigan to score 2,000 points.

Whitens was also named Class D Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, a four-time All-U.P. Dream Team selection and three-time Skyline Central Conference MVP.

“It’s great to just come back and reminisce,” said Whitens, a redshirt sophomore starting for Western Michigan. “Around this time of year with the holidays, it’s just good to be around family and friends. Getting to share tonight with (Bilski) was just really special.”

Bilski, a junior guard at Michigan Tech, wore No. 14 and scored 1,266 points in his career, earning all-state honors in 2016 and 2017. He holds school records for 3-pointers in a game (10), season (76), and career (182). He was also the MVP of the 2017 U.P. All-Star game.

“I want to thank all my teammates, because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have did everything that I did in my high school career,” said Bilski, a junior starter at Michigan Tech. “As a team, it’s just so awesome.. all those state titles. I’m just thankful to be able to see them.”

With each player having a busy college schedule, this is the first time in three years they were able to be home at the same time. The Jets also invited back members of their teams from 2013-17 to help celebrate their phenomenal 131-5 run that ended with three straight state titles. Their former coach, Adam Mercier, sent out a group text before the season to try bring them all back together.

“It feels awesome,” Bilski said. “You get that week off from basketball and school, and I get to come celebrate this night with my teammates and my family and my friends. It’s been an awesome night.”

As good as Whitens and Bilski were, the Jets could not have had as much success as they did without their supporting cast — something each player knows all too well.

“We couldn’t have done it without them. They were out there putting as much work and sweat in as us, and they really just boosted us and gave us the confidence to do what we do,” Whitens said. “It’s just great seeing all the guys again, having those memories come back and them attributing to what we’ve been able to accomplish as a whole together. It’s really special.”

Whitens and Bilski each refer to the other as a brother. During the jersey retirement, both talked about how much the other meant to their success.

“It was just great being able to do that with him, because every game since we were little, he was always there with me,” Whitens said. “So tonight just seemed perfect to have him out there by my side and kind of help me through it. It was just great to have him along for the ride.”

Bilski agreed.

“It was really fun, I enjoyed it. I got to retire my number with his number as well — and we’re brothers — so it was a great experience just to go out there,” he said. “I know if I would have been out there by myself it would have been really weird and I would have been really awkward, but having him out there made it a lot easier to talk.”

The Jets honored their state title teams at halftime and then watched their current team rally past Bark River-Harris to cap off what will go down as a really special night in North Central history.

“When you come back and enter this gym, everything just floods right back and everything just sets back in — seeing the guys, being with each other, spending time together — everything just kind of floods back,” Whitens said.

Thunder’s Steven Adams defends Chris Paul for jersey-tucking incident vs. Timberwolves

Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder recently responded to Chris Paul and the controversial delay of game call against the Minnesota Timberwolves that led to a miraculous Thunder win a few weeks ago:

For those of you that have forgotten, Chris Paul (the NBA’s ultimate snitch) brought an untucked jersey of the Timberwolves’ Jordan Bell to a referee’s attention, upon which the ref called a delay of game due to his jersey being untucked.

Because that was the second delay of game for the Wolves, the Thunder were allowed to shoot a technical free throw in order to cut their deficit to two. After a missed free throw, the Thunder got the ball, and Adams made a bonkers full-court pass to Dennis Schröder, who swiftly put up a layup, which went in and sent the game to overtime. The Thunder won the game by a final score of 139 to 127 in overtime – a period in which the Wolves were visibly shellshocked.

While OKC was widely expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA, they have surprisingly feisty and have a record of 14-14 as of this writing and are the current 7-seed in the West behind the continued great play of Paul, Adams, Schröder, Danilo Gallinari and second-year guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Adams’s opinions on the delay of game call are clear via this clip, and the 26-year-old Thunder veteran is putting up career-highs in rebounding this season with 9.6 rebounds per game unshackled from his boxing out for Russell Westbrook’s triple-double sprees. The six-year veteran is also putting up career-highs in blocks per game with 1.3.

San Diego State basketball to wear Chicago Bulls retro uniforms

The retro uniforms that SDSU will wear Sunday against San Jose State are modeled after the iconic design of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls.

Uniforms that Aztecs will wear vs San Jose State are modeled after Michael Jordan-era Bulls

After a four-year hiatus, red uniforms are back for the San Diego State men’s basketball team.

And not any, old red unis.

On Sunday against San Jose State, the Aztecs will wear red throwback jerseys and shorts that look suspiciously like the iconic uniforms of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls. That’s because they are.

SDSU’s basketball program switched from Nike to its Jordan Brand subsidiary last season, and part of the deal allows them to select modern or retro uniform designs. Matt Soria, the program’s longtime director of operations, decided to bring back red uniforms this season and suggested a Bulls replica to Jordan Brand since the Aztecs conveniently also wear red and black.

“As a guy who grew up in the ’90s,” Soria said, “and Michael Jordan was winning all those championships and the Bulls were the class of the NBA, I thought it would be cool to put our team in a uniform that so many of us grew up with and idolized.”

The primary differences are Aztecs instead of Bulls across the front and the logo inside a diamond on the shorts, which are longer than the “daisy duke” style of Jordan’s era. And no one on SDSU wears Jordan’s No. 23.

“They’re very similar to the Bulls uniform,” junior Matt Mitchell said. “I love them. I’m sure the entire team will love wearing them.”

The Aztecs wear white at home, and for 14 season they wore either all black or all red on the road. Soria retired the reds after the 2014-15 season amid grumbling from the players, who, being a superstitious lot, had deemed them bad luck.

The Aztecs actually had a better record over the previous five seasons in red (15-5, .750) than black (27-14, .659), but losses in red were memorably forgettable.

There was 68-62 at Wyoming when the Aztecs were ranked No. 5, and 77-60 at Colorado State — their most lopsided defeat in 91 games — when they were No. 13. They wore red when Arizona’s Nick Johnson blocked Chase Tapley’s last-second layup to preserve the Wildcats’ 68-67 win in the final of the 2012 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. And also in the 49-36 loss at Washington that is the school’s lowest offensive output in 50 years of Division I basketball.

The last time they wore red, in February 2015, was also against San Jose State. They won 74-56, but not before trailing 22-17 against a team that would finish 0-18 in the Mountain West.

SDSU got special permission to wear darks at home on Sunday. The Spartans will wear their gold home uniforms.

For the rest of the season, the retro reds will become part of the road rotation with two versions of all-black uniforms — one with red and one with white numbers.

Senior KJ Feagin admits he prefers the black uniforms with red numbers but has an appreciation for the Bulls throwbacks given that his father is “a big, big, big fan” of Jordan’s wingman, Scottie Pippen.

“I’ve watched a lot of the old games,” Feagin said. “I watched a five-hour Jordan highlight video on YouTube one summer, and it completely changed my perspective on him as a player. I think he’s definitely the (greatest of all time) now after watching that tape. I have a lot of respect for his game.

“I still rock his Air Jordans to this day, and I wasn’t even born when he started playing. His impact on the game is remarkable.”

Injury update

Aguek Arop was scheduled for an MRI to evaluate the right shoulder he injured midway through the first half at Colorado State on Wednesday. Arop did not return to the game.

He didn’t practice Friday and is considered doubtful for Sunday. Freshman Keshad Johnson is the most likely candidate to get his minutes in the 10-man rotation.

Early game time

Sunday’s game will tip at noon, several hours earlier than originally scheduled and what appears on some tickets. That is partly for TV (the game will air locally on Fox Sports San Diego) and partly to allow San Jose State to catch a flight home Sunday night because final exams begin next week.

Finals begin Thursday at SDSU, which explains why the Aztecs don’t play again until Dec. 18 against NAIA San Diego Christian. The next Div. I game is Dec. 21 against Utah at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The next true road game is Jan. 4 at Utah State.

ALS initiative

The Mountain West announced that visiting coaching staffs will be encouraged to wear an ALS lapel pin during games at Viejas Arena. In addition, players from both teams will be invited to wear T-shirts with Mountain West and ALS logos during warmups.

The SDSU staff has been wearing the lapel pins for years in support of special assistant Mark Fisher, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

Comprehensive NBA Basketball Jersey Buying Guide

Overview

Not all jerseys are made equal, and official basketball jerseys appear to feature some of the most limited usage. No sleeves and thin material makes for apparel that is great for the summer heat, but not much else. Plus, not everyone is a fan of the tank top style. Fortunately, basketball is generally an inside sport, so fans and players generally don’t have to worry about the outside elements when representing their teams.

While there are plenty of brands that make basketball jerseys, Adidas is the official jersey provider for the NBA. They reached an 11-year agreement with the league in 2006 and replaced Reebok as the official supplier of uniforms and apparel. Therefore, if the NBA jersey you are interested in is not made by Adidas, and is not a throwback or vintage jersey, it is best to steer clear.

While the basketball jersey has long featured the same basic design, a relatively new phenomenon is the short sleeve jersey. The Golden State Warriors were the first team to debut this new design in-game in 2013 . Despite covering more of the body, they are actually 26% lighter than the standard jerseys. Many questioned the logic behind this change, and part of the reason was related to getting more consumers to wear NBA jerseys and presenting more retail options. Although they were met with mixed reviews, Adidas plans to roll them out to as many as five teams in the upcoming season, including the Los Angeles Lakers. The image shown to the right is the Swingman version for Harrison Barnes.

Adidas Authentic Basketball Jerseys

Outside of game-worn or issued jerseys, which are very expensive and less likely to be worn by the buyer, authentic jerseys are the top option for fans to showcase their allegiances. Although they’re the most expensive, they’re also the highest quality retail option available.

Authentic NBA jerseys are made with 190-gram polyester and include ClimaCOOL® mesh material to help with sweat. While they are manufactured by Adidas, they do not have an Adidas logo on the upper-right front of the jersey like Swingman and replica jerseys do. The numbers and letters included on an authentic jersey are all stitched twill.

Other features of authentic NBA jerseys include an embroidered NBA logo on the upper-left front and an Adidas jock tag above the left hem.

Prices of authentic NBA jerseys usually run between $200 and $300. These are normally the preferred option for framed autographed jersey, due to their premium quality and appearance.

Another key thing to check is the sizing. Authentic jerseys generally come in the following numeric sizes:

  • Medium (44)
  • Large (48)
  • X-Large (52)
  • XX-Large (56)
  • XXX-Large (60)

However, it has become more common to see sizes that fall between the base sizes, such as 46, 50, 54 and 58.

*More authentic jersey images will be added when the 2013-14 jerseys are available.

Adidas Swingman Basketball Jerseys

Swingman jerseys are some of the most common NBA jerseys found in stores. They are a great option for fans who want a jersey that looks good but don’t want to drop big dollars. Costing around $80-130, these mid-priced jerseys offer the best overall value for fans to obtain realistic-looking jerseys for casual use.

Swingman jerseys are made of 100% polyester fabric and come in standard sizes, such as small, medium, large and several extra-large tiers. The team name, player name and numbers all feature sewn-on tackle twill. There are also Performance editions which are made of mesh and designed for more breathability, so the wearer stays cool.

Adidas Replica Basketball Jerseys

It is important to note that replica does not mean fake in the sense that most consumers would view it. Replica NBA jerseys from Adidas are still official jerseys, but they do not include the same quality as authentic or Swingman versions. While they feature good materials and construction, replica jerseys likely won’t last as long as authentic or Swingman jerseys. Like most things, you get what you pay for, and the price for replica jerseys generally falls between $45 and $85. This presents a great budget option for fans.

Made of 100% polyester fabric, the letters, logos, and numbers are screen printed, which is the main difference when compared to Swingman jerseys. The length of the jersey is more cut like a t-shirt as well. Just like the Swingman, replica jerseys showcase an embroidered Adidas logo on the upper-right front of the jersey, and have an embroidered NBA logo on the upper-left side. They also feature standard sizing.

Throwback/Hardwood Classics

Commonly referred to as throwbacks, vintage, retro or old school, Hardwood Classics jerseys offer consumers a trip down memory lane. These popular jerseys are designed to look like the jerseys worn by top players in specific previous seasons. Coming in authentic, Swingman and replica versions, various jerseys are made by Adidas, Reebox or Mitchell & Ness. Understandably, the biggest sellers are the biggest basketball stars. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are among the most popular jerseys.

While the vintage term is regularly used in regards to jerseys from Hardwood Classics, be aware that they are still re-makes. True vintage jerseys come from the actual years the jersey was featured and prices and supply can vary greatly.

Adidas Women’s Jersey

As many have realized, the standard men’s sizes do not work for everyone. Although youth sizes have been around for some time, a rapidly emerging market for sports apparel includes female fans. The result is official jerseys with a more flattering cut, designed specifically for women.

At this point, the women’s jerseys fall in the replica price range and quality. The main difference from the men’s version is a larger and more rounded neck, stretch side panels for a better fit and a more tapered cut.

How to Spot a Fake NBA Jersey

An unfortunate part of making almost any online purchase is the possibility for counterfeits. One easy way to combat this is to be knowledgeable about the product you are interested in purchasing. When talking about NBA jerseys, a few key areas can help you decide if the jersey you are looking at is real or fake.

The first thing to note is the price. No one is selling online to lose money. If it is too good to be true, then your expectations should be realistic. Prices should generally fall in line with the ranges listed above. The exceptions would be for players viewed as busts, traded players or when teams completely change their color scheme or team name.

The next thing to look at is the overall quality. The stitching should be tight and not frayed or feature poor craftsmanship. Also, the mesh should not have huge holes. One easy way to distinguish fakes is based on the logos, numbers and letters. When comparing official jerseys to fakes, the fonts are noticeably different. A good practice is to compare the jersey to images where you know the jersey is real. Lastly, don’t buy something where there is no guarantee. Good sellers stand behind their products and will make things right if you are not satisfied.

A lot of confusion arises due to the differences between authentic, Swingman and replica. Much of the time, knockoffs will be listed as authentic or Swingman versions. While it is usually very easy to identify a fake in-person, it can be tough to tell online. Don’t be afraid to ask for additional images if the listed images are not detailed enough or appear to be stock images. A good seller will have no issue sending those. It is also good to check their feedback for instances where they have been accused of selling fakes. Just because they have a few negative comments does not mean they are actively selling fakes. However, if their feedback is littered with negative comments questioning the legitimacy of the jerseys they sell, it might be good to look elsewhere. Unfortunately, many casual buyers do not realize they have purchased fakes so they would be unlikely to leave a negative response.

K-State releases alternate basketball uniforms

It’s not proven that the saying, “Look good, feel good, play good,” is true, but Kansas State is going to give it a go and see if it works on Saturday against Marquette.

Following a 76-58 victory over Florida A&M on Monday night, K-State released a video of alternate uniforms that the team will be wearing against the Golden Eagles. The jerseys are white, with “Wildcats” on the chest in cursive. The outside trim around the shoulders and neck area is lavender, followed by a darker purple.

The top and bottom parts of the white shorts follow the same color scheme, with an old Wildcat logo on the left knee. The alternate uniforms are a throwback to the uniforms K-State wore in the 1970s, including the 1976-77 season when K-State fell to eventual NCAA Champion Marquette in the quarterfinals of the midwest regional in Oklahoma City.

The all-white uniforms are to coincide with the white out for the fans are encouraged to participate in for the 8 p.m. tip against Marquette.

“You’ve got the new jerseys, throwbacks, look incredible,” head coach Brue Weber said after the game against Florida A&M. “I know everyone got excited about the script Cats with football. To me, this is even cooler. Hopefully, people are excited, it’ll be a great opportunity. And lavender shoes, I hope I get some of those.”

The game between the Wildcats and Golden Eagles will be a rematch of the battle between the two schools one year ago in Milwaukee that K-State lost, 83-71, despite being ranked No. 18 in the country at that time.

The upset of the Wildcats was a big story from the game, but even bigger was the outstanding day that Markus Howard had. K-State allowed Howard to drop 45 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-10 from the outside. He also hit 19 free throws and grabbed two rebounds.

“We lost last year. We didn’t play well,” Mike McGuirl said. “This year, new team, new game. They’ve got different people, we’ve got a different group we’re relying on. We’re just going to listen to the coaches, listen to the game plan and we’re going to prepare for them the best we can.”

Howard returns to Bramlage for this matchup with some rather impressive outings already this year. He scored 38 against Loyola-Maryland, 40 against Davidson and 51 against USC last week. Howard is averaging 26 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Koby McEwen has also been big for the Golden Eagles so far this year, putting up 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this year. He also has had impressive games this year, putting up 23 points, five rebounds and four assists against Purdue, and 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists against Wisconsin.