Almost everyone in the Philippines is a fan of some form of competitive basketball on television. Whether it’s the NBA, the PBA, UAAP or NCAA, there’s no question that Filipinos love their basketball. We love basketball so much that ours is a country where every other person is a basketball analysts. But despite all the attention that the sport is getting, not much attention is given to team uniforms. That’s a shame because some of these uniforms are really good. And this post? Well this post serves to remedy that.
We’re already halfway through PBA’s 2012 Philippine Cup and I believe it’s long overdue to review the uniform set of the 10 teams. We’re going to start with something close to home and eventually do a review for team uniforms in the NBA, UAAP and NCAA.
First of all, since this is my first attempt to write a review on uniforms, I would like to lay some sort of foundation about uniform trends/patterns in the PBA. If my memory serves me correctly, the PBA started adapting a cartoonish style of logos to incorporate franchise monikers in the late 90s to early 2000s. This was probably caused by the influence of the now-defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association. Nevertheless, the PBA has been “unconsciously” placing a team’s logo front-and-center of the uniform for 20 years or so.
It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That is especially true in the Philippines where anywhere you go, you’ll always find uniforms that are “inspired by” uniforms seen abroad. In the barangay level, in inter-school competitions, and even in the PBA, everyone copies everyone. As we discuss the uniforms of the PBA, we’ll see how each team has successfully “flattered” their NBA counterparts by imitating elements of their uniforms. But hey, if it looks good then why not, right?
So without further ado, let’s move on to the team-by-team reviews!
An asterisk after the franchise name means they have a new uniform set
Honestly, their jerseys look okay. But I do have an issue with the consistency of the whole design. Perhaps it would have been better if the white piping on the purple uniforms were purple instead. The triangle under the roundneck collar also seems unnecessary. It would’ve looked better if the collar wasn’t roundneck. Also, the outfitter Grosby is all over the place. Apart from being seen at the front right leg of the shorts, chest and the “triangle under the collar”, the outfitter logo is also behind the jersey and the shorts. I think outfitters should only be allowed to appear in a uniform 2-3 times. Welcome to the world of uniform advertising!
It looks as if they’re wearing replicas because the jerseys are not fitted to look like a sando. The shoulders are too broad and as a result, the players look like hangers when wearing it. The red jersey should’ve just used the actual logo colors just like how it was used in this previous design. They were trying to use numbers whose font and styling are based from their logo. However, the result to me was that the numbers look like the “Lucky 7” on a slot machine. But in the immoratal words of boxing referee Mills Lane, “I’ll allow it!” Nevertheless, they still look sharp in their black alternates.
Along with Alaska, Barako Bull is the only team to have an alternate jersey. The neckline of their jerseys seems to be inspired from the ones the Clippers wear. If you watch this team carefully, you’ll sometimes notice a subtle stripes pattern at the back caused by the fabric used. This is best-looking team for me in terms of uniform set.
Ginebra went for the classic but modern look for their uniforms. Their logo is the simplest of all teams, ditching the cartoonish designs followed by the rest of the league. It seems like they took their cues from the minimalistic look of the Brookyln Nets this season. All things considered, I think their uniforms look unique and perhaps are the second-best set for me after Barako Bull. But regardless of how they look, we all know that all the loyal Ginebra fans will always have their back no matter what.
A team that’s probably still searching for their indentity not only on the hardcourt but also on their design identity. They use two logos and both are equally disappointing. Using a globe as a part of the team’s logo may help identify the team, but it gets confusing when you add the “SHAQ-looking dunking man” to it. Since they’re dubbed as “Batang Pier”, why not put a ship (like the Harbor Center logo) instead of Shaq? The team colors are inconsistent with their jerseys (where did the red come from?) which are an ugly ripoff of the Atlanta Hawks.
If you have what people are calling a “super team” and your team is named “Blaze”, what jersey concept should you do? Precisely.
They used to have some kind of fireball for their logo but they tweaked that and changed it into something that looks like what Burger King Whoppers have. They seem to be in love with flames so much and it doesn’t make sense. Their team name consists of the words “Rain” and “Shine”. Where the heck does “fire” fit in?
The shade of blue they used is refreshing to the eyes. Their number font is obviously inspired by the one the Shaq and Penny-led Orlando Magic had in the 90s. Overall, set would’ve been a great design if not for the neckline, which I think has too much going on.
With this design, the team employed a more minimalistic design using the” Talk N’ Text logo” in front of their jersey instead of the ”Tropang Texters logo”.
They went for the “modern retro look” this season ala Washington Wizards. I think their logo does not fit well with the concept they’re trying to pull off. Also, the number font used looks goofy. Arial Rounded? Really? Might as well use Comic Sans while you’re at it. And about the color contrast, it’s somewhat of an eyesore to see yellow numbers on white/orange jersey.
So there you have it! A quick rundown of the uniform designs of the PBA teams. Watch out for the next uniform review only here on BehindtheBack.
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