This season, the Los Angeles Lakers will be wearing black ‘Hollywood Nights’ alternate uniforms for select games. The new uniforms join traditional purple and gold looks, as well as the white uniforms that were introduced in 2002-2003.
According to the Lakers, the main motivation behind introducing black uniforms was feedback from fans. The Hollywood Nights theme in part acknowledges the celebrities like Jack Nicholson that have long supported the team, but also serves as a nod to the huge number of people that work behind the scenes to make up one of L.A.’s biggest industries.
Take a detailed look at the Lakers’ new digs below and let us know what you think.
If you know a Los Angeles Lakers fan, there’s no doubt that they’ve had a smile glued to their face for the last three weeks. That’s because the purple and gold executed a trade that landed six-time All-Star center Dwight Howard earlier this month, presumably making them the favorites for the 2012-2013 NBA Championship. Teams like the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder maybe have something to say about that, but the outlook is bright in sunny LA.
To celebrate the arrival of the Lakers’ latest franchise center, adidas wasted no time rolling out several new Dwight Howard t-shirts for fans to wear. The NBA Spotlight is an LA essential, featuring a screenprinted graphic of Dwight running through Hollywood. Howard’s famous NBA “Geek Chic” style is captured with the Geek Up T-Shirt, while the Game Time T-Shirt is pretty much a direct pull from the jersey.
We have all styles of these adidas T-Shirts available for Laker fans to pick up today.
Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 34 points wearing the Jordan Prime 5.
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There weren’t too many people that would have bet on both the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers losing the first game and giving up home court advantage on Monday. Except for maybe the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, who simply showed up and played hard until the final second.
For Atlanta it was Joe Johnson leading the way with 34 points on 5-of-5 from behind the 3-point line. The win snapped a 15-game second round losing streak for the Hawks. To pour salt on the wound of Bulls fans, as the clock expired, Derrick Rose rolled his ankle and limped off the court in uncertainty.
At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Lakers seemed to have put the Mavs away early but Dirk Nowitzki’s 28 points wouldn’t let Dallas lose. Pau Gasol made a couple of late mistakes and Kobe Bryant couldn’t quite get the last second game winner to fall. The bright side for Laker fans is that they continue to get a preview of the Nike Hyperfuse 2011 thanks to Lamar Odom.
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Prior to the NBA All-Star Break, the Los Angeles Lakers suffered a three-game losing streak, capped off by an embarrassing loss at the hands of the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers. At that point, it was set in stone; Kobe Bryant was washed up and the Lakers were not ready to try for a three-peat. Fast-forward six weeks later, and the story is quite different. The Lakers are 15-1 since the All-Star Break, blasting through opponents by an average of 10 points per game. To nobody’s surprise, it’s Kobe leading the surge, and any reports of him being over-the-hill were a little premature.
In games played last week, Kobe was indeed the “Black Mamba.” He averaged 36.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists in three outings. After posting the big Kobe-like numbers that we’ve come to expect and continuing to win, making Mr. Bryant the Eastbay NBA Player of the Week was a virtual no-brainer.
While Kobe was great in all of last week’s games, it was the triple-overtime thriller against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesdays that stood out. Just missing a triple-double, Kobe racked up 42 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists on the night, helping lift the Lakers to a big win against their old rivals from the desert.
Check out some highlights from Kobe’s big game against Phoenix below:
On July 11th of 1996, Kobe Bryant was part of a trade that sent him to Los Angeles in exchange for Vlade Divac. Nearly 15 years since that trade, Kobe has become the first athlete to have his hands and feet imprinted at the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. In a ceremony held this past Saturday, Kobe was joined by wife Vanessa, daughters Natalia and Gianna, Coach Phil Jackson and Lakers Executive Vice President Jeanie Buss for the honor.
Master of Ceremonies Jimmy Kimmel introduced Kobe and supplied a bit of humor as well. The late night talk show host quipped that Kobe was deterred from acting after seeing Shaquille O’Neal’s Kazaam. He also noted that it was remarkable that Kobe’s name was bestowed alongside so many actors, considering his biggest on-screen achievement to date had been guest starring on Moesha. Of course, Kobe’s “Black Mamba” short film may have trumped that cameo.
Walking up to chants of “MVP,” Kobe took the mic to speak. Kobe reminisced about first coming to Los Angeles as a 17-year-old kid, telling those in attendance that he felt like had grown up with the city. He also said that he had seen the Grauman’s ceremonies growing up, but never thought in his wildest dreams that he’d ever be honored.
Kobe closed with “Thank you very much. It’s an honor. I love being in L.A. I love the Lakers. More championships to come.”
Here’s a look at Kobe putting his “3D” Zoom Kobe VI in cement for his Grauman’s induction.