The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled their Nike City Edition uniform for the 2021-22 NBA season. This Nov. 1 launch celebrates the league’s 75th anniversary season and the first-ever game played between the New York Knicks and Toronto Huskies.
“A team whose innovation transformed into tradition,” Nike Global Vice President and General Manager Aaron Cain said. “Nike worked with the Lakers to design the Nike NBA City Edition uniform to reflect that dynastic history — one that honors past glory and sets the course for all the history that’s yet to be written.”
Unlike the previous 4 seasons where Kobe Bryant (2017-18), Magic Johnson (2018-19), Shaquille O’Neal (2019-20), and Elgin Baylor (2020-21) all designed their own City Edition uniforms as part of the team’s ‘Lore Series,’ this season’s uniform “represents the ultimate basketball moments mixtape,” according to NBA.com.
Minneapolis Era (1950s): Minneapolis blue, stars to the left and right of number
Arrival Era (1960s): Classic triangle wordmark on shorts
Pursuit Era (1970s): Tilted Lakers wordmark on chest
Showtime Era (1980s): Drop shadow numbering
Three-Peat Era (2000s): Secondary logo belt buckle
Back-2-Back Era (2010s): Road championship purple
The Lakers will debut this uniform on Nov. 12 versus the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Uniform Collection And Philosophy
Icon (Gold): Lakers try to wear this jersey every other time at the Staples Center. This jersey represents the “wisdom, quality, and success” of the team while the purple belt blocking is a “heritage tie to the spirit” of Johnson’s Showtime era.
Association (White): Lakers try to wear this jersey on Sundays and holidays. This jersey that was introduced at the start of the 2002-03 season represents “affinity for conscious change” while the tape detail encompasses all of the team’s colors.
Statement (Purple): Lakers try to wear this jersey on Wednesdays. This jersey personifies “nobility, power, and ambition” while the black paneling (instead of gold) represents the “dark arena before the dim lights came on” at The Forum.
City (Moments Mixtape): Lakers try to wear this jersey at home. This jersey represents a “compilation of details from each iconic era” since Minneapolis.
Source: Los Angeles Lakers
Nov. 2 | Houston Rockets | Icon
Nov. 4 | Oklahoma City Thunder | Icon
Nov. 6 | @ Portland Trail Blazers | Statement
Nov. 8 | Charlotte Hornets | Icon
Nov. 10 | Miami Heat | Statement
Nov. 12 | Minnesota Timberwolves | City
Nov. 14 | San Antonio Spurs | Association
Nov. 15 | Chicago Bulls | City
Nov. 17 | @ Milwaukee Bucks | Statement
Nov. 19 | @ Boston Celtics | Icon
Nov. 21 | @ Detroit Pistons | Statement
Nov. 23 | @ New York Knicks | Icon
Nov. 24 | @ Indiana Pacers | Statement
Nov. 26 | Sacramento Kings | Icon
Nov. 28 | Detroit Pistons | Association
Nov. 30 | @ Sacramento Kings | Icon