After what seemed like a long wait, the Houston Rockets have finally released their new jerseys.
The NBA announced that Nike would become the official uniform provider for the 2017-18 season over two years ago. Now, the wait for the Rockets jersey unveiling is finally over.
Nike signed an eight-year deal with the NBA that could be worth around $1 billion.
The seams along the armholes and necks of the jerseys were removed to make the jerseys more comfortable. Nike will also unveil a new range of tights and socks.
Teams will no longer have designated “Home” and “Road” uniforms. Instead, each team will have four uniforms. The first two being the “Association Edition” and the “Icon Edition” jerseys. Nike will also create two more uniforms based on the team’s local community and another one inspired by the athlete’s mindset.
The home team will select their uniform for each team and the visitors will choose a contrasting jersey. Also, many jerseys will sport small ads as part of a three-year test program.
The tweet notes that there are zero seams and hems to eliminate player irritation. Nike didn’t waste any resources, as the jersey’s fabric is made up of about 20 recycled bottles. Mesh lines the top of the pants in an effort to increase airflow and reduce cling. Finally, Nike says that the textured yarn allows for more moisture wicking and a faster dry time.
These Rockets jerseys now have a more collegiate feel to them. The shoulder straps are thinner and the classic Nike swoosh improves the look of almost all apparel.
The old Rockets’ jerseys had large curves that started in the top of the jersey, wrapped around the front and ended on the sides. The Nike uniforms feature sharper stripes only on the sides of the jersey. Nike played it safe with simple and clean redesign because sometimes less is more.