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So we're in the building today talking some jerseys.
Um, I just gave away my entire episode.
Yeah, So we, uh you may see the title.
It says a little something about Kevin Durant firing back toe Warriors fans.
Um, we're not doing that.
Say we are keeping it.
Nets related azi.
Many of you may know I I covered the Nets.
A lot of my day revolves around the nets.
Um, spent the last two weeks working on a big project for the Nets.
And in general, that's a lot of what my daily routine is, Um is looking at free agency stuff and future moves that the Nets could make.
Uh, so it's only fitting that when we actually have some Nets news, some things that were kind of going around Twitter a little bit, which is where I find myself gravitating to quite a bit.
Um, we actually talk about it because again, this is it's been a pretty quiet last day.
No major news in terms off when the season starting.
I think we're all kind of waiting anxiously for that C b A to be announced.
So because of that, we're in just a tricky spot.
We're just sort of we're in this weird, um, hold over period.
We just We don't know what's what.
The season is gonna look like we don't know when things are going to start happening.
We don't know when moratoriums gonna be lifted.
We just don't know any of that at the moment.
So because of that, we're kind of doing some of the other things.
It's starting to feel a little bit like that off season we had last time between I guess I don't even know what to call that.
I guess, the hiatus between March and really until they announced the season back in June.
It's just a weird little holdover period where we're going to start talking about maybe some topics that we wouldn't be doing.
So, um, let's do that, these jerseys And keep in mind the Nets have had a lot of jerseys come out the last couple of years.
Really? The last two, they had to jerseys, which we'll get into in just a second.
I'm just gonna go over all of them, because why not? We're sitting here today, but really, in the last year or two, they've just had a lot of concepts in different ideas, and some of them have been good.
Some of them have been really bad.
These ones, our fire, I'm just gonna These are dope.
The Jean Michel Basquiat.
I'm sorry. My pronunciation is terrible.
Um, I love these man like these are super cool.
What I like about them is that they're they're simple, right? So many jerseys, especially nowadays you think about like, the Dallas Mavericks jerseys that came out last year.
Well, I guess it was like the graffiti concept jerseys.
Um, you know, they're green, and there were No, they're not even green.
They're like neon sharpie, yellow, green.
They have this like, light blue.
It looks like it looks like something out of the magic school bus.
Like it looks ridiculous.
These things are just absolutely, just crazy.
And, you know, and they're wearing these like Lucas wearing these, and they're actually a good team.
And these jerseys, they're just looking ridiculous.
And so many jerseys I feel like nowadays are just like they're just doing too much.
It's just too much is going on.
There's too much happening.
It's too many colors.
This right here is like, if I could pick a jersey, this would be it.
Like subtle hints.
There's a concept behind it.
Um, the first of I love the border on the side.
That kind of looks like it looks kind of like a paint diesel.
My mom's an artist, so I this also, I think that may be why it resonates with me so much.
But, uh, just the way that you have, like the paint dripping down the sides.
Or maybe it's supposed to be the canvas itself.
I'm not sure the font, like the font, is also another huge one.
You look at some of the thoughts, and again we will get into a couple of the jerseys they've had in the last year to, um, the font on These are lovely like it's nice. It's simple.
It's not in your face.
It's not like it doesn't feel like it doesn't feel like they're trying too hard, honestly, like these just They're simple.
They're right there.
I'm really curiously what the shorts look like.
I actually like because these air so simple, I kind of want them to be a little crazy with the with the shorts to a degree, like I really want them to be, You know, I want them to try and do something where it's like paint splatter, and it looks it looks kind of messy.
I think that would be really interesting.
I don't know if that's the plan with these, though.
Like maybe you want to keep these really clean and keep them up top other things I really like.
Okay, so a Kevin Durant, I guess, is a big fan of the artist.
That was that that the thes jerseys are based on, which is cool.
I mean, we've obviously got his name in the title, so we gotta tied in a little bit.
But for for him like that's pretty sweet that they're trying to make an effort to to, like, really try to appeal to him.
What's interesting is, you know on and we'll get into who the other jerseys may appeal to in a second.
But these are going to call these the Katie jerseys.
It seems like they've worked and and really try to find a jersey that fits for him, and I like it.
I'm like Katie, I'm really messing with your vision, like these air. Great.
Now I don't know if that's actually true.
I'm sure they their marketing team has gone out and tried to figure out okay, what can we do what ties into Brooklyn, what angle we not hit, you know, we may be.
The jerseys last year were a little too active.
Let's do something a little more simple, and that's that's probably they settled on.
But I do think that it may have played a part that Durant is a big fan of this style of art.
Um, other thing I really like.
Well, A I love that the Nets is.
It's like, bracketed in there.
That's a really that's a cool detail to me.
You could have just left that alone.
Like if you just left the nets just sitting there and I guess like the paint, I don't know what that I guess It's like a little skinny little paintbrush designed right there.
Um, or it kind of looks like the signature that artists will do sometimes.
But they didn't.
They left it with the bracket, whatever that is, the bracketed.
I don't even know what to call that.
It looks kind of one side's a bracket.
The other side, uh, there's like some like order of operations going on right, But I like it.
I think it's a great look.
And then the last thing I really like about these is the swoosh, you know? I mean, I always I like Nike to a degree, Like for what they're doing with jerseys.
They are fleshing out New Jersey's over and over and over and over, like, I think that's really cool.
I actually like teams to wear a bunch of different jerseys.
I don't I don't know.
I get why people like wearing one uniform.
I do understand that to a degree, but I also kind of like it.
It gives you something to talk about every what, three months? Um, it gives you different.
I don't know. The team looks different night tonight.
And like a great example of like why this is kind of cool is like you have the Lakers, the Lakers air like undefeated in their mama jerseys like I kind of like little stories like that.
I like a little sub stories that are, you know, related to the supernatural to a degree.
So, yeah, like, are these the Nets? Um, you know, whatever undefeated jerseys or these the jerseys that they never win when they're away.
And they've, you know, whatever, like I want little stories behind that.
I think that stuff is fun.
Um, maybe also, to a degree that as a writer, I selfishly say that because, you know, again like you look for sometimes you just look for stupid angles.
Thio do whatever, but, um but yeah, No, I I really like these.
I was really they popped up on my timeline and my, you know, my immediate reaction is like they just had jerseys like I just I'm surprised that these air coming out the way they are on Guy just sort of figured they weren't really.
But it seems like they're actually maybe some riel noise behind these.
I think they're a great look, and I wish they could be their permanent jerseys.
E think they're gonna look great.
I'm just again with all jerseys.
I want to see what they look like on, you know, on court, because these could come off a little plane like maybe just a little bit plane.
But that's okay.
Like honestly, that's okay.
Because of the next jerseys that I'm about to show you, which are active.
Alright, I've I haven't really been super public about what I think of these because I've I've gone back and forth maybe 50 times, but sitting next to the JMB s I don't know.
I don't know if I like them and I still need to see them.
These air, the jerseys I really just need to see in game time action.
I need to see them on those.
Like whatever those birds eye cameras.
I need to see them in the theater lighting because I think a lot of teams I know there was a report that came out yesterday that they're really going to tinker with the lighting a lot if they're not gonna have any fans, mostly just so they can, you know, make it very obvious they don't have fans in arenas.
So I have to say, like, I need to see these on, But my immediate reaction is I like them a lot better to like.
Look what these? There's something about these where if you compare them to what Kyrie has got on, I do think like the contrast between the blue and the way I left home, like breaking these down like I'm a graphic designer.
I'm like the worst graphic design person.
But, hey, I mean, this is this is the topic today, So I think that the difference between the contrast is a little more pronounced, and I don't know if I like that.
That's kind of what tied I is is It's not supposed to be like a subtle divide between the colors, and I'm talking about between the blue and white, but for some reason, I don't know it just yeah, like it looks a little.
It looks a little more Thai dish right there.
But does it not like it? And I think that there's a little more blue hints these air a little too light for me.
I think that might be.
The issue is like the blue and white is a little too light.
The orange kind of sits in a weird There's just something that doesn't I don't again like it.
Maybe it's the Nike thing, like I with jerseys like this, where it's like you're trying to go with the retro look.
I do kind of worry a little bit because it's really hard to make a retro look.
Pop when you have the most modern threads and whatever, I don't I don't I'm not get I don't make jersey sort of the materials are that go into it.
But you know, the basically the materials that go into jerseys that Nike is using.
I think it's really hard to nail that old school look.
It's why a lot of the times when you see, like, retro concept pieces of clothing, they come off kind of corny, like they don't they don't look retro.
They look like something made in the modern day trying to look retro now again, like I have to say, like I'm not I'm not like out on these jerseys.
I think the concept is really good, but I do think like to a degree, there's always gonna be that extra hump of like, Okay, there.
It's just really hard to hit that that really throwback look and make it authentic and again like that's nothing that Nike can really do about it.
It's just that do these jerseys were made in 1990 they look like they're made in 1990.
These look like they're made in 2020 like that, and it's just I don't know.
I don't really know how you get over that, but I do think that there's something to that.
You know, just whatever it is, there's something that just looks doesn't quite look all the way authentic.
And I think that's really hard.
Like, if you're doing a retro jersey, then maybe you should do like these like these would have actually made a lot more sense because you're not trying to nail like you're not trying to nail this pattern.
You're not trying to nail this This, like, weird sort of tie dye, mostly blue pattern.
Your You just focus on the main base color here thes would've popped to like, you got two stars in these jerseys.
I mean, I'm really think like these would have been massive and just they would have been sweet.
You come out in day one, you got these royal blue jerseys You're wearing these on opening night.
You're playing, You know, I don't know the Boston Celtics or you're playing the Golden State Warriors or one of these teams and you're in these old school royal blues.
You're saying Hey, we're the Brooklyn Nets.
We have Katie we're coming out here, and we're really gonna take this season by surprise.
We have a lot of depth underneath.
You know, Kyrie and Katie.
I think these jerseys just they have a statement.
Their royal there, regal.
They have a sense of they have gravitas.
You know what I mean? Like, it's just you see those and you feel them these I think the tide eyes, they're a little bit different.
But again, I can't be mad like I like at the end of the day.
I like that they're trying to dive into some of the old school, you know, some of the older jerseys.
I think that's really important to dive into that history because they still have a lot of fans that are from the Jersey days that have grown up, you know, generations of being Nets fans.
So that's really essential that they're doing that.
But look, I'm just sitting here Wednesday morning.
I'm just trying to make a little content critique.
So But either way, I mean, I think they're gonna look really good on court.
Um, I I think there's a good chance I really flip flop on these two.
Like to a massive degree.
Just seeing them on court, I think it really could make a big difference.
Also seeing them, like on guys that are actually playing.
Um, I also think that could be, like, kind of, Ah, I don't know, like a big game changer in a lot of ways.
And one last thing I actually saw the shorts e.
I wish I could find that video right now.
I should have pulled that up, but you can kind of see him in this clip right here.
Spencer's in what he was working out in the shorts the other day, and they're very odd without the jersey like it is a lot going on with those.
So I think you could probably need the full jersey of these like I was thinking about like, Oh, man, like, what would it look like if you just got these shorts and they're just They're really loud, like it's a really loud jersey again, like maybe these are the winning streak jerseys like, maybe these are the ones you're you're wearing every six games and, like these are the ones that are like, Oh, they brought out the Thai guys like that means they're coming here to play.
They were it against, you know, other title contenders.
Like, maybe that's what these jerseys are, but yeah, no, I mean, it's It's, uh I like these and I do like that.
They're leading into this a lot.
I will say if they do continue to retro stuff these air fire like, I hope they bring these back because I just like these.
I love the stripe in the New Jersey right down the side.
That's a clean look, man.
So, yeah, I mean, look, if you want Mawr Jersey talk, I actually did a stream which you could find here on SportsCastr.
You probably got a scroll down a little bit, but it's backslash.
I did it with my friend, the pooch, Anthony Puccio, who is another Nets reporter.
He and we actually work in the same place, and that's daily.
Um, we broke down basically every nets jersey ever.
So if you wanna go watch that, it's on here on, but was a good episode. We did that.
That was really early when we first started basketball arm or, um, I that was one of the first episodes, and it turned out really well.
So yeah, we used a tier list toe like rank everything.
So I think it was a pretty concise way to figure out.
OK, do we like this jersey? What letter grade would we give it, Etcetera, Etcetera.
So, yeah, Go check that out.
It was a fun episode.
I'd love to do it again.
Honestly, do it.
Mawr Jersey stuff.
Maybe that's something I'll do once we get it to, Ah, a little bit of a longer off season.
Um, let's look at some of the jerseys last year.
This is where I can appreciate and I actually didn't.
I never dislike this jersey that much.
Like when I first saw it, it was the font that really threw me off.
And like, this is why I brought up the front the font with the JMB jerseys because simplicity and not doing too much is so important.
That and also I like that that fought has a little bit of texture.
Like you look at these jerseys right here.
I like the stars like I like the stars on the side.
I like the gray is a clean Look, it's really nice, and I don't even mind the numbers.
I wish the number matched the font a little bit more, but it's the fawn itself that I have issues with, not even the design of the thought, but the way that it sits so flat on these jerseys.
Um, you know, And like, look at this.
Like the like, the letters right here really Pop like this is just to me, this looks like like a worst version of that.
So this is what I mean with these New Jersey's is like, I really think the Nets have learned a lot in the last year.
In terms of like that, What should we be making? Um, you know, and and what stuff really pops? And what stuff should we be trying to Dio? And I think that this was actually this Jersey is probably a lot closer to the New Jersey that we're seeing today.
The JMB s because of the simplicity of them.
I really like that.
I just think that they've kind of stripped it down even a little bit further.
Kind of going back to what their roots are.
What are the Nets? What do you think of what the Nets you think of their the gritty.
They're the hard working team.
They're the family atmosphere, these air, all buzzwords that are, You know, that the team is definitely thrown out there quite a bit, but they are true.
Like it's not like these are terms that are just, you know, naked buzz words that don't really mean anything like No, These guys worked really hard.
They had no draft picks for years and years and years.
They were basically able to take players off the scrapheap.
So you think like Spencer Dinwiddie, you know, a guy that comes out of college with a I believe is an A C L on.
Do you know he gets waived by by the Pistons? You know, he's playing in the Pistons G League and then he starts really carving out minutes.
He starts doing little things for the Nets, really breaks out as a guy with like I remember, it was like the staff that was going around with his assist to turnover ratio, which is just a really good sign that just kind of shows you like, Oh, this is a guy that like can really control the ball and like, isn't overwhelmed by the speed of the N b A game and actually could really find his spots pretty well.
And just, you know, somebody that's comfortable.
So he starts carving out a lane that way.
Now we know what Spencer Dinwiddie is.
Spencer Dinwiddie is right now and extremely over quality.
Qualified backup point guard.
Take Joe Harris.
Maybe one of the most sought after free agents this year.
Um, Joe Harris is a guy.
I mean, look, what do you want to know about him? He got, you know, he was on Cleveland, Uh, goes to Orlando.
Orlando, I believe, waves him while he's in surgery.
You know, he comes out of surgery nets, give him a shot.
Carves out of Lane is like a sweet shooting type of guy, and he grows every single year, start showing a little bit of finesse around the basket.
Then they start putting the ball in his hands a little bit more by the end of last year, like he was there, you know, really, in the bubble like he's initiating sets.
He's not necessarily taking the ball up, but they're giving him the ball after a curl, and he's executing a dribble hand up.
He's executing little things that just it's it's just you don't see that all that often for somebody that's kind of penciled in as a shooter.
Like he's, he's broken out that way.
And that's what I think of the Nets like.
That's what they still are.
No matter who, no matter how many stars they bring into this team, they still have those routes.
They still have the carousel Vertes, who were picked 20th and are coming off a Siris of injuries in college and are, Ah, huge question mark like they have all these players here.
So that grittiness, that resilience, I think should be reflected in their jerseys and a lot of ways you don't need to have the most active jerseys. You don't.
You have the star players in Brooklyn now, but you also want to play to those roots.
How do you do that? You do simple, stripped down jerseys.
You do that with you know, those tied eyes, for example, play to the fans a little bit.
Play to that fan base because there still are a lot of New Jersey fans that are very loyal to this team even after they moved to Brooklyn.
You know, you have a lot of people from New Jersey, you know, I I know I've gone to games with them, Um, you know, going from Jersey to Brooklyn and go into their games.
And this is like, you know, the big occasion or or one of the big occasions for every month back when we were, you know, able to go to games.
So I think it's really important.
I like the Nets, are leaning into this and I mean, look like I'll conclude with this.
Like, I think that this was a big learning experience for them, these jerseys and again not to say that they are bad necessarily.
But I think last year and it was like again, like last year, doesn't you could look at last year and just kind of say, you know, it is what it is like They you know, they didn't have their stars playing.
Kyrie was around for 20 games, so last year was a little bit of a throwaway like you could say that pretty comfortably, but I think they learned a lot in terms of some of the other things that they did.
The jerseys especially like the way that they don't know just something about the jerseys last year and trying to placate to Brooklyn, almost in a way that again like I'm all about organic, like being organic, trying to be as authentic as humanly possible.
I felt like that.
These didn't necessarily resonate, not because I don't like them, but because I'm just reading what the reactions of the fans were.
Ah, lot of people weren't super happy with these, just because again, a lot of fans from New Jersey people like people didn't even know what bed style was.
I live about 10 minutes away from bed style.
I actually thought it was pretty cool.
I went to the jersey release of these.
I went Teoh, you know, the night that was there.
They had Joey Badass performing.
They had a bunch of you know, they had snacks and everything like that.
They had DeAndre Jordan come out and he, like, came from behind.
The curtain, came out wearing the jersey.
Everybody's taking videos of it, but even in that moment, I was like, Yeah, I don't really know.
I don't know if bed STAIs gonna resonate with people because I don't.
You know, for me, that's pretty cool.
Like, I was one of the people that didn't mind the Bed Stuy thing, because again, I'm like, I'm right there.
I'm right on the border of Bed Stuy, Bushwick, um in which are two neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
So I didn't mind it necessarily.
But these jerseys, I think for in large part, just didn't quite hit the note.
I think that the Nets, the Nets wanted to in a lot of ways, so and that's fine.
Like you got to try different things.
Last year was the thing that the year to try, things I mean honestly, like, look it, look at how they treated last year.
They gave a bunch of guys chances.
They gave David Nawab a chance.
They gave Timothy Luke Abaroa chance.
Both of those guys broke up.
They gave other guys chances that didn't do so well.
You give, you know Theo Pinson and and Zanna Moussa Rodeo school books Got a lot of tries in the bubble.
Um you know, just throughout that entire year, it felt like a lot of a trial period.
And people said it from the very beginning.
Last year was tryouts for this year in every shape, every way, shape and form.
Um, whether it came to personnel players, you know, you're trying to see who works and who doesn't And who could be a part of this franchise long term, but also in terms of some of the marketing stuff.
They tried something really experimental here.
They tried to do the Bed Stuy jerseys.
They used the the you know, basically these these, um what they call this the Brooklyn camera.
I want to be politically correct about that.
The Brooklyn cam.
Oh, jerseys from a year ago that I still think are probably the Nets.
The best Nets jerseys.
I mean, they're up there like they might be my favorite next jerseys ever.
They took that print, and, you know, you saw this is what a lot of people thought was gonna happen that next year you could have maybe swapped out black print.
You could have left him, Cam.
Oh, here's another good example.
I think a lot of people thought we were going to get these This year.
They went with these.
That's fine. They experimented.
But, you know, I think because of how everything's worked out, it just It didn't go that way.
So I mean, look, I'm gonna conclude on this.
I'm gonna throw these back up here because one day, I think we'll get I hope we get one of these.
These air pretty these air. Pretty sweet.
I really wish we would, Um it's kind of a shame, but, I mean, whatever you can't get what, um all, uh, yeah, these New Jersey's air. Great, actually.
Let me throw them back on.
Let me throw these back on.
We'll conclude with these thes New Jersey's air. Great.
I am very excited to see them.
I'm excited to see what the shorts look like.
I really hope they go through with these.
Like I know they're gonna be looking at the response online.
So this is my response.
These air dope, please wear these these air.
Awesome. I want to see these night tonight.
They're kind of tying it into the base colors of the nets.
The black and white, the clean design. It's chic.
I think the people want mawr of this.
I think a lot of people that are that are gonna be online are gonna be the most of the response I've seen are really is really positive.
So that's if you're out there.
If you're watching, this is what the people want.
It is exactly what the people want.
The tide I jerseys air also.
What? The people on keep this up.
This stuff is fire.
It is It is absolute fire.
And I'd love to see more stuff with this design.
I mean, I'm serious like this.
This is something I want to see on T shirts.
I want to see this on hats like this is a really cool design.
I actually hope they do a couple of jerseys like this.
I mean, I think this is something that you could replicate quite a bit.
Um, the JMB s man, these air these air really nice.
So let's see what they've got.
In the meantime, I'm very excited to see more and more news about these and thank you all for watching along.
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