The Lakers have some of the most iconic jerseys in all of sport. Even non-NBA fans associate purple and gold with one of the most legendary franchises on the planet. Some of the greatest players to ever step on an NBA court wore purple and gold. From George Mikan to Jerry West via Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe, Shaq and all the others.
Like all sports teams of this era, the Lakers have updated their primary jerseys many times since the turn of the century and, unsurprisingly, not all Lakers fans are in love with the new jerseys.
However, on Monday, the Lakers unveiled a new “Classic Edition” jersey that will be used a few times this season to celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary. The jersey is a throwback to the Minneapolis Lakers jerseys of the 1950s.
The team posted a photo of the jersey with:
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“Every legacy has a beginning. With the blue and gold of the MPLS era of the 1950s, the Classic Edition recreates the Lakers’ first-ever home uniform in honor of our 75th season.”
The jersey is eerily similar to UCLA basketball jerseys with the powder blue and gold piping, but will likely be a hot item in the team shop once available to the public.
At this time, the Lakers have not indicated which games, likely home games, the team will wear the new “Classic Edition” uniforms.
Assuming the league follows its normal cadence, the regular schedule for the 2022-23 season is expected to be released later this month.