Posted August 14, 2013

Pistons unveil navy blue ‘Motor City’ uniforms

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Greg Monroe models the Pistons' new "Motor City" uniforms. (Pistons)

Greg Monroe models the Pistons’ new “Motor City” uniforms. (Pistons)

Paying homage to Detroit’s long-standing reputation as a leading automobile center, the Pistons unveiled Wednesday a new jersey design with the words “Motor City” across the chest.

Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and the rest of the revamped Pistons roster will wear the Motor City jerseys 10 times during the 2013-14 regular season. The jerseys are solid navy blue, boasting red numbers and trim and white lettering. The look is traditional and conservative, and not too far removed from the Pistons’ usual road jerseys.

“We are pleased to unveil our new Motor City uniforms and display our pride in the metro Detroit community,” Pistons CEO Dennis Mannion said in a statement. “When you say Motor City — no matter where you are in the world — everyone knows you are talking about Detroit. We are proud to represent Detroit and hope these uniforms will serve as a source of pride for our fans and this region.”

The jerseys will debut on Sunday, Nov. 3 against the Celtics at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Detroit will then wear the jerseys on eight other Sunday games plus a Friday, Nov. 29 home game against the Lakers.

The Pistons’ release offered these additional details on the uniform’s design.

The navy blue and red uniforms feature “Motor City” across the front and mark the club’s first alternative look since the 2005-06 NBA season. The uniforms are the first of their kind, designed to celebrate the pride and character of metro Detroit while paying homage to the region’s automotive roots.

The Pistons worked in consultation with adidas and the NBA in development of the uniforms. Lettering and numbering style on the jersey is consistent with the team’s current home and away uniforms. To contrast the navy blue and red accents, lettering and numbers on the jerseys and shorts are white with hair-line red and blue trim. The club’s secondary logo appears on the shorts – similar to the primary home and away uniforms.

A shot of the back of the jersey and a schematic diagram of the design are below.

A look at the back of the Pistons' new "Motor City" uniforms. (Pistons)

A look at the back of the Pistons’ new “Motor City” uniforms. (Pistons)

A detail look at the Pistons' new "Motor City" uniforms. (Pistons)

A detail look at the Pistons’ new “Motor City” uniforms. (Pistons)

The “City” theme is one we’ve seen before in the NBA, most famously with the Warriors’ iconic “The City” jerseys but also with the Trail Blazers’ recent “Rip City” uniforms.

Stephen Jackson (left) wears the Warriors' "The City" jersey in 2007; Brandon Roy (right) wears the Blazers' "Rip City" jersey in 2009. ( Rocky Widner Sam Forencich

Stephen Jackson (left) wears the Warriors’ “The City” jersey in 2007; Brandon Roy (right) wears the Blazers’ “Rip City” jersey in 2009. ( Rocky Widner and Sam Forencich/Getty Images)

Playing off of geographical or pop cultural themes with jerseys can theoretically be risky, but the Pistons played this one just about as straight as you can play it. No goofy lettering, no crazy lettering, no over-the-top logos and a nickname that does indeed have international name recognition. For a franchise that once produced the monstrosity below, this is a win.

1997 (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Grant Hill models a Pistons jersey in 1997. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

29 comments
brent4033
brent4033

It should just say Bankrupt on it!  haha funny thing is they keep reelecting the same crooks that made them bankrupt because that is what liberals do hahahahahaha

Samuel
Samuel

Simple, clean lines; I like it.

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Looks like a rec league jersey.  Why not just put "bankrupt city" on the front instead.  That's a better connection with those people

dfybaby21
dfybaby21

If you don't mind me asking, why do so many Americans derive joy from the hardships of other Americans? Broke City...so original. But really, what is it about other people from your country going through hard times that you enjoy so much? It is a uniquely American sickness, as other countries typically support each other in good times and bad.

KeithLuckyLuccianoGastone
KeithLuckyLuccianoGastone

I like them but i would love them if they were Red. I like the Navy Blue but the Pistons already have a blue jersey, even if it is more of a royal blue. Still blue though. Maybe a red one will be produced next year or something?

C-TownC
C-TownC

To salute the decline and fall of this once great beacon to American industry and ingenuity, the players should just wear whatever gear they use for summer pick-up games.

Eggbert52
Eggbert52

Why not just add an AFL/CIO logo as well?

WCoastPro
WCoastPro

I would have gone black or red. 

Dark blue is way overdone in pro & college sports. 

brent4033
brent4033

@dfybaby21 Because they did i to there selves!  Why should someone feel sorry for people that just keep reelecting corrupt liberals and allowing unions to drive them into the ground.  What unions dont realize is that if you keep stealing more and more than there wont be a company to give you even the smallest amount of money you used to have.  IT AINT ROCKET SCIENCE!

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@dfybaby21 Maybe people like the greedy unions getting their due for all the years of stealing money?  Guess you haven't read where the unions said they'd get their bailout money FIRST before the city does? We hope they TANK and suffer until hell freezes over. Plus, you ever been to Detroit?  Great airport and that's it.

PalmerWhite
PalmerWhite

@JoseAGuevara 

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAJHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH THAT IS SO FUNNY DUDE> YOU ARE SO CREATIVE. I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT TO CALL DETROIT BROKE. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

mystafugee
mystafugee

@Eggbert52 no, they just get the blame when upper management makes some bone-headed decisions that cuts profit margins.  Naturally the workers take the hit while the executives sacrifice nothing.  

dfybaby21
dfybaby21

I guess I haven't. I'll read any link you've got for me though. Doesn't really answer my question. You feel like a big man, and you like to see your fellow countryman suffer because of....

doghockey
doghockey

@mystafugee Good  point.   It was a boneheaded decision to give in to union demands to pay outrageous salaries and benefits.  You know, the same salaries and benefits that allow the companies to lose money on every car that comes off the line.

PhillipJacobs
PhillipJacobs

@BlackSession1 @dfybaby21 Matter  a  fact......The  U.S.  has  done  so  much  for  the  rest  of  the  world  WE  NEGLECT  OUR  OWN.....Id  rather  help  Detroit  then  these  other  CRAPHOLES  around  the  world......And  its  fairly  safe  to  say  EVERY  SINGLE  FREE  DEMOCRACY  around  the  world  would  NOT  EXIST  right now  if  not  for  the  United States......

PhillipJacobs
PhillipJacobs

@BlackSession1 @dfybaby21 You  are  SO  CORRECT.....While  I  dont  believe  in  kicking  someone  while  they  are  down (  WE'VE  HAD  OUR  SHARE  IN  NEW ORLEANS )  These  Hypocrites  chime  in  from  other  countries  acting  like  their  countries  is  filled  with  perfect  angels , it  ONLY  happens  in  the  U.S.  garbage....99%  of  the  time  its  PURE  JEALOUSY ......Not  to  mention  America  has  done  more  good.....Sacrificed  more  American  lives....DONATED  More  money to  charities  To  feed  and  clothe  the  needy , protect  the  freedoms  they  enjoy.......MORE  THEN  THE  REST  OF  THE  PLANET  COMBINED.......YOUR  WELCOME  .....

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@dfybaby21 Love to see your figures on how this is a uniquely American sickness. I'm pretty sure people are terrible to other people the world 'round, my friend. 

doghockey
doghockey

@mystafugee Sorry to disappoint.   I hire the paper pushers.  I've got better things to do.

doghockey
doghockey

@mystafugee Why would my kids go to work for someone when they can learn how to run their own company?   Oh, and if the job is only worth minimum wage, then that is all they deserve to get paid.   Having no skills and whining that you should be paid more is the utmost form of laziness.  Folks like that should act like adults, learn a skill that will contribute to something or someone, and they will earn a decent living.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@doghockey @mystafugee Boy, no wonder executives hold people like you in such contempt, not only do you lack self-respect but you do so with a smile.  I hope you have kids, I'll hire him them and make them work for minimum wage and make them bark like dogs whenever I order them to.