Nike announced another jersey option for all of last year’s playoff teams, extending the jersey count on the season for the Boston Celtics to 5 total: Icon, Association, Statement, City and now the Earned Edition.
Nike announces new "Earned Edition" uniforms for all 16 teams that made the 2017-18 playoffs. Available Dec. 19 in limited quantities before debuting on Christmas Day. No limit to how many times teams can wear them.— Aaron Dodson (@aardodson) December 12, 2018
These are the looks from the Celtics, Cavs, Pacers & Heat: pic.twitter.com/p2bwhui2hs
Following the debut of Boston’s white/gold/green City Edition uniform for this year, the new Earned Edition jersey option takes inspiration from Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day jerseys of years past with some tweaks. Instead of being all gold accents, the jersey features white accents around the arms and neck as well as on the GE logo.
Nike also added a nice touch with the Red Auerbach signature at the bottom corner of the jersey in gold (or yellow? It’s hard to tell here until we have official color names) to match the lettering on the front and back of the jersey. It’s difficult to evaluate these jerseys because of the white accents combined with the fact that the presentation is currently on a white background. When we see a player model the Earned Edition jersey, it’ll be easier to pass judgement – good or bad.
Personally, my first reaction wasn’t “wow,” but the white background issue was pointed out to me which might be skewing my perception. With every jersey release, we get closer and closer to the original St. Patrick’s Day jerseys which will always be perfect to me. This is a step in the right direction. Unless, of course, the lettering is actually in yellow. Then I’d hate them.
The Celtics can suit up in their Earned Edition jerseys in their Christmas Day matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.