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Take A Look At The Clippers' New Less-Bad Jerseys

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After losing Chris Paul and J. J. Redick (and signing Danilo Gallinari) in the off-season, the Clippers are ready for an image reboot. This means a new set of uniforms from Nike, and it couldn't come sooner, as the old ones projected a weird '90s futurism that tried way too hard at being ahead of the curve.

The big reveal was made on Friday in the above tweet, with the white and color duds modeled by DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, our favorite power forward and Kia Optima spokesperson. Below are some closeups. Apparently, Nike has dubbed the white jerseys "The Association" and the blue jerseys "The Icon"—terms that no Clippers fan will ever utter:

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As explained by Nike, the uniforms take their cues from the team's name. "Clipper ships inspired the uniform's horizontal lines, emblematic of the ocean horizon and a ship’s hull cutting through the water," says the giant shoe brand. And what about those small emblems near the bottom front of the shirt? Why, they're nautical flags:

Is the design, as a whole, basic? Perhaps. But it does away with much of the clutter of the old ones. The white jersey, while an improvement over the old home jersey, isn't that much of an upgrade, but the color jersey gets a much needed makeover. I mean, this could possibly go down as one of the corniest jerseys ever worn by an L.A. team:


(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
All in all, the new uniforms are an improvement. Now, can we do something about Chuck the Condor, who remains vaguely terrifying?