No NBA franchises have been more successful than the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers who between them own 33 NBA championships. Of course, for many current NBA fans, they haven’t seen either franchise dominate like they once did – especially recently.
Wanting to pay homage to not only their greatness, but to all teams who’ve hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy, the NBA and Adidas decided they would commemorate the titles of teams with a gold patch on the neckline of jerseys this season.
Every team who has won a title will wear the patch no matter how many they’ve accumulated. The patches are all standardized except for one thing – the digit. Each patch will have a picture of the trophy along with a number next to it.
We had seen the mockup of the patch previously but during the Panini rookie photo shoot today, the actual patches were revealed and I have to say, they look much better than originally anticipated.
Both Julius Randle of the Los Angeles Lakers and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics showed off what the patch looks like.
The original drawings released showed a much richer gold color that stuck out like a sore thumb. This however is much more subdued and really doesn’t catch your eye like before, especially on Randle’s Lakers jersey given the similar color scheme.
I’m still not a huge fan of them personally and think it’s a bit silly, but it is a nice way to pay homage to the league history.