Looking back at the best Christmas Day NBA jerseys

The NBA Christmas Day list is always a giveaway, but in recent years a certain tradition has been missing during the holiday season: Christmas jerseys.

So what happened?

The answer is simple: Nike took over the NBA’s jersey contract from Adidas in 2017 and didn’t continue the festive look of its predecessor.

Bah, impostor.

Despite its absence, Nike offers a variety of jersey combinations with four jersey versions: Association, Icon, City, and Notice.

Nike’s decision hasn’t stopped fans and gamers alike from missing out on Yuletide outfits. LeBron James, who will play on Christmas for the 16th season in a row in 2020, focused on the subject.

Not giving up on the Los Angeles Lakers star’s plea, Nike has no plans for fashion to return.

“We love the range of products we have now. The storytelling we can tell is really solid,” Nike said. According to ESPN’s Nick DePaula.

In the meantime, take a look at the souvenir (or candy cane) ribbon in short-lived holiday ensembles:

2008-11: Snowflakes

It all started with the white snowflake around the logo on the front of the teams’ jerseys. The league also tried to include teams mainly red and green.


2012: Big color

This monochrome color scheme officially introduced the holiday trend on the 65th anniversary of the NBA games on Christmas Day.


2013: Big logo

The large, centered logo was intended to be the focal point, but the sleeves eventually became a key talking point. Although the jerseys are 26% lighter than the traditional NBA jersey, players claimed that the extra fabric affected their shots. The T-shirt jersey also featured in the All-Star Game.

Overall, these were not well received by NBA Twitter, including Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki.


2014: By name

For the first time in this trend, the back of the jersey was the highlight. Players’ names were placed on a panel below their numbers for the descriptive design of this release.

2015: Christmas cards

This year’s kits were inspired by seasonal seasonal greeting cards with cursive lettering. This design was by far the most popular of the collection.

2016: Christmas cards II

The style was so popular that the festive font is back for the second and last year.

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