A sports uniform offers one of the only imaginable excuses for being a matching dude. As the NBA playoffs really heat up, it seems appropriate to honor some of the greatest jerseys donned by professional basketball teams. This is just one interpretation; please don't be upset if your team gets snubbed. Yeah, it was cool that Dennis Johnson led the Sonics to the 1979 title, but Seattle just doesn't rock the coolest threads. Maybe it's all the rain, or the anachronistic hippie culture. Anyways, here are ten(ish) jerseys that made dudes proud to be matching, after the jump.This post is part 1 of a series about NBA jerseys. Check back soon for more about matching dudes in the NBA.
Jersey designs today have become so fancy and colorful that you can hardly tell them apart. They usually look decent, but one rarely stands out from the rest. Back in the day, though, most teams went with more basic looks, so a unique jersey could make quite the impression. Here are ten from before the 2000s that left lasting legacies (pre-merger ABA teams are included). Let us know in the comments if we missed any.
10. Bulls jersey with script
9. Red, white, and blue
8. Jordan's Bulls jersey
Some jerseys just look sweet, some are defined by the team that wears them, and some are made great by a single, legendary athlete. Jordan was big enough to single-handedly make the Bulls jersey he sported one of basketball's most iconic, and his comeback in number 45 added another dimension of history. He had a great supporting cast, but there's a reason that Michael Jordan has the best-selling jersey of all time.
7. Red and green Bucks
I don't know why, I just like this color scheme. It's kinda Christmasy. Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wore this shirt back in its heyday. They tried to bring back a similar design more recently, but it just didn't have the same effect.
6. Sixers, 1965-67
This two-tone arrangement from the Sixers was awesome. Looked fly on Wilt the Stilt, but was simple enough to not look ridiculous when Iverson and Co. brought it back a few years ago. Plus, only writing "Phila" on the front is a hilariously lazy abbreviation, although not unique to this design.
5. Magic pinstripes
These jerseys were super cool. So cool that many other teams, like the Bulls and Pacers, have tried to replicate the design (with mixed success). I don't mean to say that I'm a fan of all pinstriped jerseys; the Yankees can go to hell. But when the Magic unveiled this pattern for the team's first season, it definitely set a precedent for classy, simple jerseys that were interesting enough to sell in stores.
4. MPLS-Minneapolis Lakers
3. The "ugly" Nuggets jersey
2. "The City"
1. The green and blue Hawks jersey