A sporting goods store appears to have jumped the gun on the new Lakers uniform reveal Wednesday when it tweeted out pictures of LeBron James gear that wasn’t yet slated for public consumption.
Modell’s Sporting Goods quickly deleted photos of replica “23” jerseys that appear to be ushering in the James era with a nod to the glory days of the “Showtime” Lakers.
For The Win picked up on the leak that was captured by astute Twitter users before Modell’s had time to take down the offending tweet.
Source: The NBA contacted the Modell’s at Times Square, asking them to remove these uniforms from the floor. But someone captured a photo, showing the Lakers will include drop shadow on their numbers for the first time since 1999.
— Bryan Kalbrosky (@BryanKalbrosky) July 25, 2018
Notice the white shadowing around the numbers, a style that hasn’t been used since the 90s and is a take on the uniform trademark of the 80s Lakers helmed by Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
ESPN’s Arash Markazi picked up on the trend on T-shirts released Tuesday, while noting that another design resembled gear from the Kobe Bryant era.
Do you notice a difference between the Lakers jersey shirts from last season and the ones that were just released today? What do you think? pic.twitter.com/Dg1yYDLrc9
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) July 24, 2018
The Lakers are expected to officially release the new designs next week.
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