Why Do NBA Jerseys Have a Black Stripe?

Why Do the NBA Teams Have a Black Stripe on Their Jersey?
One of the things that the NBA does not joke about is the players’ uniforms. NBA has a strict rule guiding how a player must appear at all times on the court – even when they are not playing. One of the things you must have also noticed about some NBA uniforms is the occasional back stripe across one of their shoulders. These stripes are not always there and this might make you wonder why they put them in the first place.
In this video, you’re going to find out why NBA teams have a black stripe on their jersey. And if you’re new to this channel, don’t forget to hit the like button and subscribe for more NBA-related content.
Without further ado, let’s get straight into the discussion.
One of the teams that used the black strip in recent times was the Los Angeles Lakers. Even though these black stripes didn’t make their jersey fancier, it was hard to miss. These black stripes that appear as if players have a piece of black electrical tape stuck to their uniform are usually a symbol of respect for an important personality in the NBA who has passed away. In the case of the Lakers, their recent black tape was in honor of the Lakers’ legend Elgin Baylor who died at the age of 86.
There are times when you will see these black stripes on a specific team and other times when every player in the league may have to wear them. Furthermore, they are not only worn to celebrate great players who have passed away. There are times when NBA players will have to wear them to honor victims of a tragedy that is not related to the league.
While these black stripes usually represent the loss of someone important to the league, it should not be seen as a sad thing because it is also a means to celebrate the life of people who have made significant contributions to the game. This practice has been around for sometimes but let’s look at some recent instances where the black stripes have been used.
The first on the list would be the case of the Lakers in honor of the legendary Elgin Baylor. If you look closely, you will notice an inscription of “EB” on the dark region which stands for Elgin Baylor. This was not the first time, however, that the Lakers would have to wear the black stripe in honor of their legend. In 2000, the team wore a black strip in honor of Wilt Chamberlin is considered one of the greatest players of all time.
Another instance was when the whole league had to wear the black stripe in honor of the prestigious commissioner David Stern. Commissioner Stern is one person who has made a significant contribution to the league. Much of what we see in the NBA today is a result of the changes he made during his tenure. When he died, many players have nothing but praise to offer him and one of the ways the whole league could celebrate him was by using the black stripes on their jersey.
Paul Allen might not be a basketball player but the Portland Trail Blazers did remember his great works for the team and they honored him after his death by wearing the black stripe. The black stripes had the initials PGA on them.
Again, we’ve seen the Orlando Magic team wear the black stripe after the death of the owner’s wife in 2017. This further shows that the black stripes are not only meant for NBA players but for everyone who has made a significant contribution to the league no matter how small.
Finally, one of the recent use of the black strip was in 2013 in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in April of the same year. It was a terrible loss but the Celtics paid a tribute the best way they could.
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