When it comes to Lakers uniforms, what is ‘the purple and gold’ without the purple? It’s coming
By Bill Oram
Brook Lopez walked into the Lakers locker room before a recent game, took a look at the sunny jersey that hung under his nameplate and sighed.
“We just keep wearing yellow,” he said. “It’s like our one set.”
Nearly a quarter of the way into the season “the purple and gold” has mostly just been “the gold.”
“I feel like we wear it every game, to be honest,” swingman Corey Brewer said.
The Lakers have worn their gold uniforms 11 times in their first 19 games, including in five of their eight road games.
The look that for decades signaled that the Lakers were playing at home, mirroring the bright lights of Hollywood, has become the workhorse of the team’s sartorial rotation. A classic combination that only rarely left Staples Center has already traveled this year to places like Phoenix, Washington and, strangest of all, Boston.
Lopez summed up playing in traditional home gold against a backdrop of Celtic traditional road green at the Boston Garden in one word: “Bizarre.”
While Nike grapples with their new jerseys ripping with alarming frequency, the Lakers and the rest of the league are adjusting to other quirks of the on-court apparel contract.
The reported $1 billion deal bought the sportswear giant a lot of freedom, including the ability to do away with traditional home and away uniforms. Those have been replaced by “Icon” jerseys (primarily gold), “Statement” jerseys (primarily purple) and a “City Edition” uniform that will be rolled out over the course of the season.
They also have uniforms called “Classics” (a throwback to the Minneapolis Lakers power blue) and “Association” (primarily white). The Lakers often send a notice out on social media indicating what uniform they will be wearing prior to tipoff — such as the white jersey prior to their game at Sacramento on Wednesday night.