The Lakers' new uniforms have a 'Showtime' throwback vibe, with one notable difference

The Los Angeles Lakers officially unveiled their new jerseys for the 2018-19 NBA season on Tuesday, and as it turns out — and as it usually turns out — the leaks were legit. When LeBron James and company take the court, they’ll do so in new threads with a throwback feel, calling to mind the “Showtime”-era kits donned by the legendary Magic Johnson-led teams of the 1980s:

The Lakers’ new ‘Association,’ ‘Icon’ and ‘Statement’ jerseys. (Image via @Lakers)

It’s not an exact replica of those uniforms, though. There are some relatively minor changes to the design, as picked up by the always sharp-eyed Chris Creamer of the return of two-color striping around the sleeves and collar of the jerseys, the removal of side-stripes on the “Association” and “Icon” editions, and changing to the color of the numbers (gone are the white numerals that have appeared on the gold and purple jerseys over the years). It remains to be seen what, if any, differences there will be in the design of the shorts that go with the uniforms; we’ll all be waiting with bated breath on that one.

But while the most notable callbacks are the return of the rounded neckline and drop-shadow look of the ’80s design …

… the “Statement” version of the uniform — an alternate strip alongside the “Association” and “Icon” designs that replaced “home” and “away” uniforms when Nike took over the league’s apparel contract last year — comes with the addition of a thick black stripe along the sides:

The early response to that stripe — at least among some fans on social media — hasn’t been too warm …

… but one suspects that any sort of displeasure with the stripe or the piping surrounding it will prevent Jeanie Buss and the gang from selling approximately 2 billion LeBron James Lakers jerseys of all colors, styles and sizes this season, no matter how big a challenge this year’s team faces in looking to return to the postseason for the first time since 2013.

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