"This is the first NBA all-star game to be played outside the United States, and it is a very exciting time for basketball in Canada," said Chris Grancio, global basketball manager for Adidas. "To honour this global celebration and pay tribute to Toronto — the site of the NBA's first game — we've incorporated design elements that are inspired by the city's basketball history, sports culture and unique fashion scene. . ."
The front of the "west" jersey for the NBA 2016 all-star gameThe all-star game also celebrates the 125th anniversary of the invention of the game by James Naismith. The jerseys have a subtle maple leaf created by dots on the front of the jersey, and the Toronto cityscape is represented in a colour contrast on the back.
Detail of Toronto skyline and maple leaf on the back of the NBA 2016 all-star game jerseyThe host Raptors have a presence in the dinosaur claw on the black-and-gold jersey tag. The inside neck of the jerseys and the draw string on the shorts is a mosaic of colours — a nod to the international growth of the game.
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