It seems like the Charlotte Hornets are planning to bring back their white pinstripe uniforms for the 2018-19 season.
In a recent YouTube video from Coiski Media, their “Royal Key” series went behind the scenes with Jason Rivera who is the Charlotte Hornets‘ equipment manager. Rivera gave an inside look at the team’s locker room and equipment. He also dropped a couple of interesting notes throughout the course of the video.
At the 11:48 mark, Jason held up the teal pinstripe throwbacks and said “We brought these back this year. Next year we’re going to have a white one.” That could only mean that the team is going to switch their throwbacks to the white pinstripe uniforms that were made famous by the original Hornets like Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry, Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson.
The white pinstripe uniforms were Charlotte’s home uniforms from their inaugural season in 1988 til the original Hornets left at the end of the 2002 season. Although a formal announcement hasn’t been made by the Hornets, it’s safe to say that the team’s equipment manager has the inside scoop on what they are going to wear next year.
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At the 11:30 mark, Rivera also added that “they’re in the midst of making the black ones (uniforms). We start wearing them at the end of December.” Those would be Charlotte’s fifth and final uniform colorway for the 2017-18 season. They are expected to be the “Buzz City” jerseys from last season but without the sleeves.
With Nike now making each NBA team’s uniforms, they have done away with sleeved jerseys. The Hornets have already set them self apart from the rest of the league as they are the only team with the Jordan “Jumpman” logo as opposed to the Swoosh that other teams have.
Before being with Charlotte, Jason Rivera worked with the Orlando Magic as their equipment manager. He’s been an NBA equipment manager for over 25 years so he has had plenty of experience.
Here’s the tour of Charlotte’s facility:
Much of the video had to do with shoes and what brand each player wears but it also gave fans an inside look at what an NBA equipment manager does. We also got to learn a bit about each player like how Frank Kaminsky is picky with his footwear, Kemba Walker‘s favorite gum is Juicy Fruit and Marvin Williams loves Life Savers.
With how well the teal throwback has been received this season, the white pinstripe uniform should get a similar response from fans next year. First, the Queen City brought basketball back in 2004. Then they brought back the Hornets’ name and logo in 2014. And now the pinstripe jerseys have made their way back to Charlotte.