After Review, Trail Blazers Decide To Make No Changes To Standard Uniforms

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
3 years ago

Back in November, the Trail Blazers put out an exploratory survey with the goal of gauging fan interest in regards to updating their standard home and away uniforms in time for the 2015-16 season. The team has introduced various alternate uniforms in recent years, such as the predominately red alternate road version and the popular “Rip City” home uniforms, but their standard jersey/shorts combination has remained the same since 2002, which prompted the team to consider an pursuing a modernization.

But after getting input from fans and going though a design process which yielded at least six different options, the team ultimately decided to forego any uniform changes, at least for the time being, for numerous reasons.

First and foremost, the survey results showed that fans overwhelmingly approve of the current uniforms. There are significant costs associated with changing a team’s standard jerseys (teams have to buy back all of their old jerseys if they want to make changes to their standard uniforms) so it didn’t seem to make sense, either practically or financially, to go in a different direction when the current home and away uniforms are as popular as they are with the fan base. Basically, the jerseys aren’t broke, so why fix them?

Another factor in keeping the current design are the changes reportedly being implemented by the NBA to the “Rip City” jerseys. According to Chris Haynes at CSNNW, come the start of the 2014-15 season, all teams’ “heritage jerseys,” which includes Portland’s “Rip City” alternates, have to be converted to the short sleeve jerseys worn by various teams this season. Even though the short sleeve jerseys have been met with general disapproval by both fans and players alike, the NBA and adidas are determined to push their implementation. And since the Trail Blazers are already being forced to make changes to what is likely their most popular jersey, it was decided that it might not be the best time to tinker with the standard uniform as well.

Finally, while the team was satisfied, for the most part, with the new options offered up by adidas, none of the designs were so well-received that the team felt compelled to make a change. If any of the designs, which were reviewed at the highest levels of the organization, had “wowed” those in charge of the review process, it’s possible the benefit would have outweighed the cost, but in the end, that was not the case. The plan was never to make drastic modifications (even though some of you proposed just that) to the current design in the first place, so at a certain point, it was decided that the changes they were willing to make didn’t alter the look enough to make it worth the trouble.

It’s possible that the team will revisit the idea of making changes to the current uniforms at another time, but what is certain is that those changes won’t take place any time in the next few seasons. So while there have been plenty of changes

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recently, both on and off the court, Portland’s jerseys won’t join the list of those changes, at least not any time soon.

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‘Rip City’ Jerseys Will Now Have Sleeves

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

UPDATE: Some photos of the actual “Rip City” jersey with sleeves (click the images for larger versions) …

It has been rumored for some time that all “pride” jerseys, such as Portland’s “Rip City” and Detroit’s “Motor City”  uniform options, would be converted to short sleeve jerseys sooner or later as mandated by the NBA. That time is now.

The NBA released designs for the 2014-15 season “pride” jerseys, including the “Rip City” version, and all feature the short sleeves that the league has been testing for the last two seasons. Take a look.

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The Trail Blazers have yet to wear sleeved jerseys in a regular season game, so whenever they break these out next season will be the first opportunity to really gauge whether or not these work. Players haven’t really taken to the sleeves for both performance and aesthetic reasons and the “Rip City” jerseys are possibly the most popular of the Trail Blazers jersey options, so any change is going to be met with some level of disapproval. But as far as a shirt goes, I think it looks pretty good.

You can also see the jerseys will feature a gold tag commemorating Portland’s 1977 NBA Championship victory. All teams that have won championships will sport the same patch on all jersey variations.

The change is being dictated by the NBA, so even if the teams protested (and some surely did), the decision was likely to be the same. Some have opined that the sleeves are the logical destination for advertisements, if and when the league decides to swim in that revenue stream, which might be one of the reasons for the insistence on sleeves.

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'Rip City' Jerseys Will Now Have Sleeves

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
2 years ago

UPDATE: Some photos of the actual “Rip City” jersey with sleeves (click the images for larger versions) …

It has been rumored for some time that all “pride” jerseys, such as Portland’s “Rip City” and Detroit’s “Motor City”  uniform options, would be converted to short sleeve jerseys sooner or later as mandated by the NBA. That time is now.

The NBA released designs for the 2014-15 season “pride” jerseys, including the “Rip City” version, and all feature the short sleeves that the league has been testing for the last two seasons. Take a look.

porBLAZERSpridesince0910ready

The Trail Blazers have yet to wear sleeved jerseys in a regular season game, so whenever they break these out next season will be the first opportunity to really gauge whether or not these work. Players haven’t really taken to the sleeves for both performance and aesthetic reasons and the “Rip City” jerseys are possibly the most popular of the Trail Blazers jersey options, so any change is going to be met with some level of disapproval. But as far as a shirt goes, I think it looks pretty good.

You can also see the jerseys will feature a gold tag commemorating Portland’s 1977 NBA Championship victory. All teams that have won championships will sport the same patch on all jersey variations.

The change is being dictated by the NBA, so even if the teams protested (and some surely did), the decision was likely to be the same. Some have opined that the sleeves are the logical destination for advertisements, if and when the league decides to swim in that revenue stream, which might be one of the reasons for the insistence on sleeves.

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Uni Watch: Fans Redesign Portland’s Uniform

Casey Holdahl
by Casey Holdahl
3 years ago

After it was announced that the Trail Blazers were potentially considering updates to their standard home and away jerseys, Paul Lukas at ESPN.com’s “Uni Watch” blog put out the call for fans to submit their own redesigns. And today, he’s posted some of the best attempts at putting a new spin on Portland’s jerseys, which is especially apropos with the Trail Blazers breaking out their “Rip City” jerseys for the first time on this current road trip.

You should click over to ESPN.com to view all of the ideas, but here

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are a few of the submissions.

First, what Lukas calls the “pinwheel designs” …

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The Blazers’ pinwheel logo, which is supposed to represent the five-on-five dynamics of a basketball game, is one of the most unique marks in the league, and many readers found ways to give it a prominent role in their jersey designs. The most interesting approaches were taken by Dan Hallberg and Tyson Staab, both of whom chose to make the pinwheel big — like, really big.

First response: not feeling it. It looks too much like a nose or a pregnant woman’s stomach.

But things get real interesting when one reader submits a couple of designs based off of the city of Portland’s flag …
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It’s nice, although it doesn’t feel very Trail Blazers-ish. Oddly enough, it feels more like a design for another NBA franchise that used to play in the Pacific Northwest — the SuperSonics. (And in case you’re wondering, the Sonics’ uniforms had nothing to do with the Seattle flag.)

Two reasons why this wouldn’t work. First and foremost, the team has said there’s not much interest in moving away from the long-standing red/black/white color scheme, let alone something this drastic. And second, the Trail Blazers view themselves as “Oregon’s team” so creating a jersey that’s so Portland-focused would probably be a non-starter. Lukas mentions the SuperSonics, but these to me look a lot like a version of Dallas’ jerseys, which again, is a no-go. I do like the use of the vertical line pulling double duty as the “L” in “Blazers” but that’s about it.

Again, you should go check out all the designs over in Lukas’ blog. Then come back here and let me know which you liked/didn’t like.

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