SBD/September 19, 2013/Franchises

A Hollywood Ending: Lakers' New Black Alternative Jersey Plays To Solid Reviews

The Lakers announced that they will wear black "Hollywood Nights" uniforms for select games this season. The team in a release said that it has "consistently heard from fans that a black uniform was desired, and have been working to make that a reality for years." The "Hollywood Nights" theme in part acknowledges the team's celebrity following, but also recognizes the number of Lakers fans who work behind the scenes in the film industry. The team has created a video and photo gallery featuring the new uniforms, and its online shop is accepting pre-orders for replica versions (Lakers).'s Sean Highkin wrote, "These jerseys are a thing of beauty. The purple and gold are still intact in the lettering and side piping, and it brings a contemporary look to their classic jersey style. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if these jerseys permanently replaced the Sunday whites" (, 9/18). YAHOO SPORTS's Kelly Dwyer wrote, "Unlike most of the recent jersey additions we've seen come down the pike recently ... these are kind of good." Dwyer noted while he was "averse to the Lakers adding yet another jersey to the arsenal," the team "seemed to have created a winner" (, 9/18). CBSSN’s Allie LaForce said, “I like them. I always like a black uniform. It’s always intimidating. Players always love wearing the black." CBSSN's Doug Gottlieb: “Their third uniform is already the white, which I liked. I prefer the classic old-school Lakers back when they had the baby blue, the Jerry West ones.” But he added, "They're going to sell” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 9/18).
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