The Cleveland Cavaliers have debuted some curious new jerseys but they should’ve followed the current NBA trend instead.
I don’t hate the new Cleveland Cavalier jerseys but I don’t love them. The three uniforms are all supposed to embrace different eras of the franchise, which is why the white ones with the old 90s-era Cavs logo are my favorite. They tried to modernize the classics and that was a fine attempt, but they should’ve followed other trends.
The Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz are just two of the teams that decided to bring back their iconic mid/late-90s era jerseys as part of their current looks. The Pistons stallion jersey and the Jazz’s mountain range jerseys are among the best the league has ever seen.
See, the team peaked just before the mid-90s jerseys and after LeBron James debuted. The pre-90s jerseys are great but simple and the post-03 jerseys are fine, but a sign of the times. The jerseys in the mid-to-late 90s and the pre-James era jerseys are among the finest the Cavs have ever had.
Those are the ones that should’ve returned.
The current jerseys are fine but the classics deserved to be enjoyed on good teams
The Cavs’ blue, black, white, and orange jerseys were awesome. The big problem about them is they represent the dark ages of the franchise. Where the best players were haggard and demon-fueled Shawn Kemp and the most underrated point guard for his entire career; Andre Miller.
Bringing back those jerseys for a few years with this current crop of guys would be a fitting way to break the stigma that follows those jerseys and free fans of the memories of that nearly eight-year period where the Cavs were just lost.
I admit, there is nothing but sentimentality here, as that era of the Cavs uniforms was when I got really in the NBA and the Cavs but that shouldn’t disqualify the look of them. They are crisp, clean, and stylish in a timeless way.
They’re the three-piece suit of Cavs jerseys and despite the era not being successful, those uniforms were. That’s why they should be brought back. The sooner the better.