The Los Angeles Clippers will wear the 2018-19 version of their City Edition jerseys for the first time Saturday when they play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at Staples Center.
The jerseys pay tribute to 1984, the Clippers’ first season in Los Angeles, when the city was the site of the Summer Olympics.
The jersey features the “L.A.” wordmark for the first time on a Clippers jersey. The navy blue, red and white color scheme and color blocking were inspired by the uniforms of the gold medal-winning 1984 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team.
The L.A. logo featured on the new City Edition jersey’s chest is created in the style of the “Stars in Motion” logo for the 1984 Summer Olympics, with the text arranged horizontally in patriotic colors and struck through with alternating streaks.
The five stars featured on each jersey side panel represent the five rings of the Olympics logo. Retiring broadcaster Ralph Lawler’s autograph is featured above the jersey’s jock tag.
The City Edition jerseys will be worn at all six weekend home day games and select road games.
“In honor of the 35th season, we wanted to celebrate the energy, excitement and contributions of the 1984 Olympic Games with our new City Edition uniforms,” Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker said.
“With mashups being so popular in music, we leaned on the fantastic design team at Nike who married the L.A. wordmark with the Team USA design to inspire these uniforms.
“The goal was to create a uniform our team would be proud to wear as they pay homage to the gold medal-winning 1984 USA basketball team and to the contributions of the legendary Ralph Lawler in his final season with the Clippers.”
Each NBA team has four sets of jerseys. The City Edition incorporates features of a team’s city into the jersey’s design.
The Icon Edition is the primary color uniform. The Association Edition is a team’s traditional white jersey. The Statement Edition is inspired by team’s desire to make a bold statement.