The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us, and this season it’s taking place in Cleveland, Ohio. Of course, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James hails from Akron and played 11 NBA seasons for the Cleveland Cavaliers, bringing the franchise its first NBA championship in 2016.
Nike Inc. is in charge of all weekend uniforms, and the three brands under its umbrella — Nike, Jordan Brand and Converse — contributed to the All-Star Weekend style.
It was Jordan Brand who designed the uniforms for the All-Star Game itself. They sought to connect features of Cleveland with international cultures. This can be seen in such things as the script on the uniform inspired by the architecture of the city’s bridges and the uniforms also pay homage to classic All-Star uniforms from decades past.
The colors of the All-Star uniforms also reflect the city of Cleveland, with blue representing Lake Erie and red showing the resilience the city is known for.
Much like the uniforms for the All-Star Game itself, the Clorox Rising Stars uniforms will also pay homage to the city of Cleveland, these being designed by Nike. They feature unique colors inspired by the refraction of a diamond and come in four colorways to reflect the event’s new four-team format.
The Rising Stars Game is very different from years past, with sophomore rookies and members of the G-League Ignite drafted into four different teams and competing in one tournament. One of the four coaches involved is Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer James Worthy, so he will be looking to lead his team to victory.
One of the first and often most entertaining parts of All-Star Weekend is the NBA Celebrity Ruffles Game and these uniforms were designed by Converse.
These uniforms reflect Converse’s efforts to provide greater access to young creatives. They were created by designers as young as 13 from Converse social and community partners based in Boston and Los Angeles. The uniforms are inspired by the stylistic cultural differences between East and West, with the East drawing inspiration from the resilience of local towns and the West incorporating 90s pop culture.
All in all, the NBA and Nike Inc. have invested heavily in the uniforms for the whole weekend and they are even offering a new mesh material. Games and events will be closely watched, but everyone involved will also look like they’re participating well.
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