After yesterday’s news of a white short-sleeve jersey being introduced next season, ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin said today that the Lakers would also be adding a black alternate jersey to next season’s uniform rotation:
Update to the Lakers short-sleeve uniforms story: When they'll wear them and also news on a new black jersey for LAL http://t.co/kL63kGWdsX
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) August 21, 2013
There have been plenty of mock-ups over the years showing off a black alternate with the purple and gold color scheme, and they look very sharp. Here is a description of what it’s rumored to look like:
“The Lakers will also be adding a black jersey to their uniform rotation next season, according to a league source. The alternative uniform will be part of the league’s city pride series, joining the Detroit Pistons’ upcoming “Motor City” uniforms and the Portland Trail Blazers’ “Rip City” set, but unlike the others, it will still say “Lakers” across the chest. The lettering and numerals will appear in purple with gold outlines and the rest of the jersey material will be primarily black, with some gold accents, the source said. It will not have sleeves, the source added.”
Unlike the short-sleeve jersey, I absolutely LOVE the idea of a black Lakers uniform. When the idea of a black alternate has been brought up, the feedback from fans has been mostly positive. It could be very similar to this mock up.
A few fans suggested last season the Lakers should honor the late Dr. Jerry Buss with a black uniform, similar to the team honoring Chick Hearn with the Sunday whites. With the Lakers set to honor Dr. Jerry Buss next season on January 28, the day after his birthday, I’m curious to see if the uniforms will be part of that or if they have bigger plans such as hanging a jersey/banner in the rafters or naming the court after him.