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Hornets Go Contemporary, Clean With New Uniforms; Initial Reception Is Positive
Published June 20, 2014
TEAL OR NO TEAL? In Charlotte, Scott Fowler noted the Hornets will wear their teal alternate uniforms "16-20 times a year, they say -- possibly more at home than on the road." None of the three uniforms "have the characteristic pinstripes coming down the front of the jersey that the originals had," which is "a lost opportunity." But the lettering "looks good and the overall look is crisp and uncluttered." While "none of the Hornets' new uniforms are bad by any means," the white home jerseys are "the weakest of the three" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/20). But ESPN.com's Paul Lukas gave the white home uniforms an "A" grade. He wrote there is "a lot to like," as the lettering and numbering "feel balanced and properly sized, the pinstripes down the left side (which is not repeated on the right) adds a nice bit of pizzazz, and the crossover collar is a nice nod to the original Hornets uni." If the team is "smart enough to leave this alone, it has a chance to become a modern classic." Lukas gave the purple road uniforms a "B-minus" grade and wrote it has the "same basic template" as the home whites, but "it doesn't work as well with this color treatment." Lukas also gave the teal alternate uniforms a "B-minus" (ESPN.com, 6/19).