The NBA and adidas on Thursday unveiled the uniforms and other apparel for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, set for Sunday, Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
It’s the first time Toronto will host the event, and the uniforms pay homage to the city’s NBA history, which dates to the first-ever NBA game between the Toronto Huskies and New York Knickerbockers on Nov. 1, 1946.
“This is the first NBA All-Star Game to be played outside the United States, and it is a very exciting time for basketball in Canada,” said Chris Grancio, adidas global basketball general manager. “To honor this global celebration and pay tribute to Toronto -- the site of the NBA’s first game -- we’ve incorporated design elements that are inspired by the city’s basketball history, sports culture and unique fashion scene to make an All-Star collection that players and fans will love.”
The Western Conference uniforms feature a red-and-white design, while the Eastern Conference uniforms are blue and white. Both uniforms feature a maple leaf overlay on the front of the shorts and a raptor claw inside of a star on the sides. Toronto’s skyline appears on the back of the jerseys.
The maple leaf, the national symbol of Canada, makes another appearance as a patch on the back of the jerseys with the NBA logo inside.
The warmups are in line with Toronto’s brisk winters. The black and gray fleece jackets feature star patches to acknowledge the number of All-Star appearances for each player with patches to recognize other accolades.