Nuggets un­veil Nike uni­form com­bos

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Nick Kos­mider

Dar­rell Arthur rubbed the seams of his new uni­form, fresh out of the box from Nike.

The new threads made him feel lighter, the Nuggets’ vet­eran for­ward in­sisted. And, ap­par­ently, more con­fi­dent.

“We can be a con­tender, for sure,” Arthur said of the up­com­ing sea­son that will co­in­cide with the new, darker-blue uni­forms. “Right up there with Golden State.”

It would prob­a­bly take a new uni­form with a Su­per­man cape at­tached for the Nuggets, and most other Western Con­fer­ence teams, to as­cend to the level of the War­riors by next sea­son.

But as the Nuggets aim to reach the post­sea­son for the first time since 2013 while cel­e­brat­ing their pre­vi­ous 50 sea­sons, with the first nine in the ABA, per­haps a new look, which features a dom­i­nant navy blue hue with only a trim of the old baby blue schemes, couldn’t hurt.

“I saw the jer­seys first and called dibs on this one,” Nuggets guard Gary Har­ris said of the “Icon Edi­tion” navy uni­form he mod­eled dur­ing a pub­lic re­veal out­side the Den­ver Per­form­ing Arts Com­plex. “I just like the navy blue and the way they ac­cent it with the baby blue and the yel­low.”

Arthur mod­eled the Nuggets’ new white or “As­so­ci­a­tion” uni­form, which is sim­i­lar to pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tions of the team’s home uni­forms, only with darker blue trim and num­bers.

Ev­ery team in the NBA is getting new uni­forms this sea­son as Nike takes over as the league’s of­fi­cial uni­form and ap­parel provider. The Nuggets’ jer­seys also fea­ture a patch with the logo of Western Union, which last week an­nounced a mul­ti­year deal as the team’s first jer­sey spon­sor. Among the de­tails on the uni­forms is a “5280” stitch­ing on the bot­tom cor­ner of the jer­sey and a pick-ax logo on the belt of the shorts.

The new jer­seys will be avail­able for fans to pur­chase be­gin­ning Sept. 29. The Nuggets will re­lease two more jer­seys at some point af­ter the start of the sea­son, though the team has been mum on the de­tails of the up­com­ing


edi­tions, which are la­beled by Nike as the “State­ment” and “City” edi­tions.

“They are go­ing to be pretty good. I like them,” Har­ris said. “I don’t know how much I’m al- lowed to say.”

Both Har­ris and Arthur re­peat­edly re­ferred to the uni­forms as lighter. Nike claims the uni­forms wick sweat 30 per­cent faster than the pre­vi­ous mod­els. Each uni­form is made out of, in part, about 20 re­cy­cled plastic water bot­tles.

“I never thought I’d see the day,” Arthur said of the re­cy­cled com­po­nent of the jer­sey. “But th­ese jer­seys are ac­tu­ally re­ally nice. They are a lot lighter than last year’s jer­seys. Es­pe­cially when you start sweat­ing, it’s like you have a weight vest on. That won’t be a prob­lem with th­ese.”

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