The Nets are borrowing a page from their past for an interesting new alternate uniform.
The team on Thursday unveiled ABA-era classic edition threads, called Stars & Stripes. The US flag-inspired design, featuring red and blue vertical piping and a series of stars down the jersey and shorts, was worn by the team in the 1970s. The Nets also wore them as throwbacks during the era of Jason Kidd and Vince Carter.
The Nets were the New York Nets when they wore these duds, and their home arena was the Nassau Coliseum. Julius Erving, the three-time ABA MVP and Hall of Famer, was their most recognizable player. Dr. J's dazzling finishes and massive afro in the Nets uniform was arguably the defining image of the ABA itself.
The Nets' alternates have all seemed to be largely well received in recent years.
Several years ago they wore city-edition alternates inspired by the late rapper Notorious BIG. Those were followed up with a Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired city edition. Last season, they wore 90s-era New Jersey Nets throwbacks.
All were popular, or at least talking points, and the new throwbacks seemed to be no exception: