Written by Michael McAfee, guest contributor from RetailMeNot
Everything old is new again. Have you noticed how the current pop culture landscape has a certain nostalgic feeling for the 1990s? Plaid shirts, platform shoes and late night reruns of old Nickelodeon shows are enjoying their moments in the spotlight.
When it comes to the NBA, throwback is the name of the game for fans. The resurgence of snapback hats, retro-inspired uniforms and the 20th anniversary of the Dream Team – which is even playable in NBA 2K13 – show that the 1990s and basketball are inseparable in the minds of fans. The era that gave us Lil’ Penny, “I Love This Game” and, yes, even teal is being remembered fondly through the lens of time.
Timeless in Detroit
The Detroit Pistons are one of the few teams that have managed to retain a classic look and weather the changing winds of NBA style throughout the years. Despite a teal and burgundy diversion that lasted for five seasons, Detroit has stayed true to their red, white and blue roots. When compared to some other squads, the Pistons abandoned their colorful cartoon makeover quickly:
- The Memphis Grizzlies started with teal as a primary color in Vancouver and kept it until a navy blue overhaul in 2004.
- Thunder, a cartoon-like superhero, represented the Golden State Warriors for 12 seasons.
- The 76ers clung to their Allen Iverson-era logo and jerseys for 11 years before returning to a retro-inspired design.
The Pistons remembered an important lesson: there’s no reason to mess with success. The current logo and jerseys – both variations on the legendary Bad Boys era – are two of the NBA’s modern classics. While many teams attempt to bridge eras, Detroit successfully modernized one of the league’s most well-known jerseys. Nothing promotes stability like a championship and the Pistons’ 2004 title ensured that the current logo and uniforms are here to stay.
Sporting the Pistons’ Colors
With an exciting, young team getting ready to take the floor, it’s a great time for fans to stock up on gear while honoring past champions of the ‘80s and ‘90s. The return of snapback culture means that retro Pistons memorabilia is once again in demand and are on sale everywhere.
While fans watch this current group of Pistons grow into their jerseys, they can take comfort in knowing that they’ll look the part of champions. In the mean time, feel free to break out your teal Grant Hill jersey and rock the Palace like it’s 1998. After all, fashion comes and goes, but Piston pride is forever.