Today the NBA’s 75th anniversary season got off to a promising start… from a uniform and branding point of view anyways.
The Golden State Warriors unveiled their “Warriors Origins” uniform this morning, what they’re calling “a modern-era spin” on their 1962 Philadelphia Warriors road uniform, a Warriors season made famous by Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game on March 2nd (during a game played in Hershey, Pennsylvania of all places).
This blue uniform with red and gold trim differs slightly, but appropriately from the version worn during that 1961-62 season. Most noticeably is the swapping out of the red with white drop shadow “PHILA” logo across the chest for a similarly styled “WARRIORS” one… it’s also worth noting the original Philadelphia Warriors uniform did not include an ad for Rakuten nor did it have Nike’s familiar swoosh mark.
Speaking of that swoosh… using the retro Nike logo on all throwback uniforms is something I can get behind (if it has to be there at all). So… Adidas? I hope you’re listening, I want to see your classic “trefoil” logo on all NHL throwbacks next year, please and thank you (that orange and black NHL shield on the collar would be alright too, just saying).
Back to the Warriors, their “Origins” uniform will make its on-court début during their yet-to-be-scheduled 2021-22 season home opener and then worked into the rotation, I imagine, as any “Classic” edition uniform otherwise would be.
Golden State will be pairing this throwback look with a court designed to match the style at Chase Center. Their new 75th anniversary logo (which we’ll get to in a second) is at centre court, recoloured to match the uniform. The base and sidelines are blue with gold and red striping, the team’s name is written out under each basket in the same style as the jersey lettering. “CELEBRATING 75 YEARS” placed on the bottom sideline positioned to look good on television.
The 75th anniversary logo, also unveiled today, will appear on all versions of the team’s court this season. It’s in the shape of a diamond in recognition of the diamond anniversary as well as a nod to the exterior of their former home arena in Oakland.
Eagle-eyed logo fans will recognize that “75” is very similar to the one used in the NHL’s 75th anniversary logo from 1991-92.
Golden State will wear five different uniforms regularly in 2021-22, the Icon, Association, and Statement editions are all carrying over from last season, a new “City” edition uniform is still to come. The jersey isn’t available to buy just yet, but fans can sign up with the Warriors to be the first to know when they are in.
Golden State joined the league as the Philadelphia Warriors during its inaugural season (when it was still known as the Basketball Association of America) back in 1946-47. The Warriors are one of three original BAA franchises still playing in today’s NBA along with the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.