The Brooklyn Nets have been one of the leaders in the NBA when it comes to having stylish uniforms. The franchise’s rebrand upon moving from New Jersey to Brooklyn has been a success, as the simple change from red-white-and-blue to a classy and simple black-and-white color scheme has made them one of the more unique-looking teams in the NBA.
Their alternate uniforms haven’t lived up to the reputation of their regular rotation. They attempted to bring back throwback looks (even from different sports) with mixed reactions, but the primary black-and-white uniforms were always the golden standard of their uniform set. That may be changing after they revealed their City alternate uniform for the 2018-19 season.
The new alternate uniform takes all of the good parts of their normal black uniform while giving it an interesting twist that is uniquely Brooklyn and a fitting tribute to the inspiration behind the uniform. The central base of the uniform is what you expect to see on a Brooklyn Nets uniform. It’s the simple-yet-stylish black-and-white look that you’re used to seeing, which means that this uniform already has a strong foundation to build upon.
It’s the trim and striping that sets this uniform apart from the rest. The team described the pattern on the sleeves, shorts and neckline as “Brooklyn Camo,” which is a really creative way to say that it’s based on the Coogi sweaters that the Notorious B.I.G. used to wear on a regular basis during his time in the public eye.
The striping is prominent and thick enough to where it plays a major role in distinguishing it from the rest of their set of uniforms. It’s still a mostly-black uniform but the vibrant color scheme is eye-catching and enough to make the uniform a unique one and one where it’s understandable to see why players and fans would be excited about the new look.
This uniform isn’t a huge departure from their regular uniforms and it doesn’t take a large leap of creativity when it comes to the color scheme like what you would see from other City edition uniforms. Instead, the Nets and Nike kept things simple and didn’t try to reinvent the wheel with this particular alternate uniform.
As a result, the Nets finally have an alternate uniform that is on par with what they wear on most nights. You will get seventeen chances to see them wear the Notorious B.I.G. tribute uniforms. Just make sure that you don’t get hypnotized while looking at them.