The Brooklyn Nets will début their famous/infamous “tie-dye” throwback uniform tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers.
First introduced in 1990, the unconventional look was worn as a road uniform for the then-named New Jersey Nets, featuring a tie-dye style blue pattern with the team’s name across the chest in red. The Nets, who had issues replicating the pattern for retail, switched to a more conventional blue for their road look the following season.
The retro uniform is being worn for select games throughout the Nets’ 2020-21 schedule in recognition of the 45th anniversary of the club joining the NBA in 1976.
Brooklyn will also use a retro-themed court design for the game to help complete the overall throwback look. The court features the “tie-dye” pattern along the sidelines, the retro wordmark logo at centre court, and the team’s modern name behind each of the baskets.
The throwback fun doesn’t end with the game itself as the team has announced they will also go retro on their social media channels:
To commemorate this moment, beginning this morning the Nets will elevate the 1990-91 season across their social media channels, featuring highlight videos and trivia as well as a contest where fans can enter to win a Derrick Coleman jersey. Additionally, Coleman will host an Instagram Live takeover during the second quarter of tonight’s game.
The 1990-91 Nets, beyond their uniforms, were largely forgettable though they did sport some great players on the roster. Future All-Stars Derrick Coleman and Mookie Blaylock were joined mid-season by Hall of Famer Drazen Petrovic as the club ended up next to last in the Atlantic Division with a 26-56 record.