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8/27/2007 12:17:00 PM
Five Worst NBA Uniforms
Do these Cavaliers uniforms remind you of Microsoft Word?
Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images
By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
The FIBA Tournament of the Americas is currently taking place out in Las Vegas, though it's not the easiest hoops tourney to follow -- box scores are hidden all over the interwebs and the games are airing on a smorgasbord of television networks. So we don't blame you if you might have missed a game or two. We will blame you, however, if you like the jerseys Argentina is currently wearing. Predominantly baby blue, the jerseys appear to have been created by Jackson Pollock with the help of a bicycle wheel. But where would these uniforms rank among the worst NBA uniforms of all-time? Here's our top (well, bottom) five...
1. New Jersey Nets (1990-91): Best as I can tell, the Nets only wore these tie-dyed jerseys for one season (the Nets have wisely erased any memory from their Web site, and I couldn't find any visual evidence despite the powers of Google). But if any uniform inspired the garb of Argentina, it was probably these tie-dye-esque uniforms, which more accurately resembled stone-washed denim.
2. Philadelphia 76ers (1991-94): The Sixers Web site generously refers to these uniforms as "a departure from the classic Sixers uniform." Charles Barkley famously said that they looked like his daughter designed them with a crayon. As usual, The Chuckster is correct.
3. Detroit Pistons teal uniforms: After winning a few titles with the Bad Boys, the Pistons decided to shake things up and slightly alter their color scheme, changing the royal blue to a cringe-worthy teal. Probably not a coincidence that they finally won another title after going back to their more familiar red-and-blue.
4. Vancouver Grizzlies: Often overlooked, these uniforms were prominently a light shade of teal with all sorts of strange trim, plus logos all over the place. It doesn't help when they're being modeled by Bryant Reeves.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers (1995-99): Sometimes you don't what you got 'til it's gone. Such was the case in Cleveland, where the striking all-orange uniforms of the '80s and '90s were replaced with black, blue and orange uniforms that looked as though they were designed using the graphics toolbox in Microsoft Word.
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
I would have taken any of the 5 you mentioned over the Houston Rockets 4-5 years of wearing pajamas to play ball in. Like the team wasn't boring enough watching Francis & Mobley try to take on the NBA one-on-one. Actually, the current red/white Rockets uniforms are the only ones that are nice. Even the championship years of red/gold are hard on the eyes.
How about those uniforms that the Mavs wore one time that were baby-poop brown? Those were the worst of all time. Now, if we could just discuss some of the current NFL uniforms. . .Looks like a bunch of JV squads with those mis-matched black shoes. . .Yuck!
WOW !! After reading your list, you have lost all credibility to compile such a list simply by your omissions. How could you leave of the worst uniforms in the history of the NBA: Denver Nuggets uniforms from the 80's.
I don't know if this qualifies as an ugly ubniform...But during the 1980s The Sacramento Kings went with a pretty ridiculous look. They put the last name of each player UNDERNEATH the number on the back of the jersey. Their uniforms couldn't have looked any more absurd.
The New York Knicks currently have the league's worst uniforms especially with the black trim they added in the 90's. Time to get outta of the 60's Knicks and get a new uniform and team logo especially with the team your fielding these days
The Argentina one is that colour, as that is the colour of their flag, ie light blue and white. So its kind of logical, and all their other sporting teams also wear this colour scheme. Its better than some of the others.