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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

adidas, KU unveil alternate uniforms for Black History Month

adidas and the Kansas University basketball program on Tuesday unveiled two special uniforms that KU will wear during road games at Baylor (Feb. 23) and home against Texas Tech (Feb. 27). The uniforms, which pay homage to KU's style in the 1950s, is a part of adidas' celebration of Black History Month.

adidas and the Kansas University basketball program on Tuesday unveiled two special uniforms that KU will wear during road games at Baylor (Feb. 23) and home against Texas Tech (Feb. 27). The uniforms, which pay homage to KU's style in the 1950s, is a part of adidas' celebration of Black History Month.

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The Kansas University men's basketball team on Tuesday unveiled another set of alternate uniforms which will be worn during the Feb. 23 road game at Baylor (blue) and the Feb. 27 home game against Texas Tech (white).

In association with adidas, KU's newly released, new-look duds pay homage to the uniforms worn by the Jayhawks in the 1950s and are a part of college basketball's celebration of Black History Month.

Designed with royal blue and cream tones, the jerseys feature classic block lettering and numbers used during basketball’s early years. The jersey includes crimson, blue and white accents, while the shorts feature a two-color stripe as a nod to Kansas’ classic look and feel.

According to the release, the uniforms feature the same lightweight, sweat-wicking technology used in the NBA versions. Designed to give players optimum performance on the court, targeted ventilation zones on the chest, back and side keep players cool even in the most intense moments of the game. A mid-hole mesh on the short maximizes comfort and breathability.

These types of alternate looks have become pretty common since KU first partnered with adidas and they always seem to draw mixed reactions from the KU fan base. Most of the new jerseys have been well liked and scooped up quickly by fans wanting to represent their team at the game. Others, however, have been roasted on social media and message boards.

Judging by the initial reaction to the release of this year's late-season uniform switch, KU fans seem to reacting very favorably, calling the alternate unis "sick," "fire," "nice," and using other words and phrases to show their approval.

According to the release, fans can purchase the uniforms at participating retailers.

Comments

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

How are the 50's symbolic of Black history?

Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

For Kansas, it's when LaVannes Squires became the first black scholarship player to play for Kansas under Phog Allen in the early 1950s. And then of course, some guy named Wilt Chamberlain came to Lawrence and worked to break color barriers in town.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

I wasn't alive in the 50s but they weren't the best times for civil rights.

James Smith 6 years, 3 months ago

Psycho Jay with your racist history I am really surprised that you commented on this.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

It's always helpful to have you demonstrate exactly what level of intellectual and emotional development a person who wants Bill Self fired has.

Thanks again James.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

Beautiful uniforms, but didn't Kansas wear red in the 1950s?

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 3 months ago

Self hates the red unis because KU has sucked in them under Self.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

Hardly. The only game Kansas has lost in the Self era while wearing crimson was a blowout loss at Villanova in 2005.

Crimson is just as much a school color as blue, and there's no good reason for us not to have crimson jerseys.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 3 months ago

Self hates the crimson uniforms and he has final say on the matter.

Austin Gray 6 years, 3 months ago

I have a hunch that the reason Self doesn't like the red uniforms is because he grew up an Oklahoma State fan, and red is just a little too close to the Sooners. PURE speculation, but this is a site where people are baselessly opining about there being racial disharmony on the team. So red = Sooners passes a lot of muster by comparison.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

If that's the reason, then Self needs to get over himself. Just because the Sooners wear crimson doesn't mean the Jayhawks shouldn't.

Austin Gray 6 years, 3 months ago

One other possibility is that Self's aversion is a holdover to his days as Larry Brown's assistant. Brown didn't care for them, so maybe that stuck with Self. For what it's worth, Roy's teams didn't play a single game in red, and no one had a problem with it. Aesthetically speaking, I think both the chalk and the phog uniforms are better than the red alts we've had.

Weird side note: I went to a Ross Dress for Less once and found a player-issue (as in not a replica) red KU jersey from the McLemore/Withey era. It had no number, presumably because they were delivered blank and the numbers were added at the university. I scooped it up for $6.

Bryce Landon 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes, Kansas DID wear red in the 1950s. Clyde Lovellete donned a crimson uniform here.

Clyde Lovellette, standout player of the 1952 Jayhawks championship team.

Clyde Lovellette, standout player of the 1952 Jayhawks championship team.

Bill Jacobson 6 years, 3 months ago

On this topic. Did anyone else notice that all the white guys are sitting at the end of the bench? Just posing the question, is there a cultural divide w/in our team? Thoughts?

RJ King 6 years, 3 months ago

No. I didn't notice. I notice that the players usually sit in the order that they expect to come in to the game. I notice that since Mickelson got hurt, he had been sitting down there. Svi further down with Brannen's minutes up. Walk-ons always at the end. Have you honestly not observed this???

Here's what I observe. Mannerisms. How someone is dressed. How they speak. Right or wrong, I see business attire, nice jeans or workout clothing, and I think "safe." I see 10" of underwear exposed and I think, "be on guard."

Purebreds are fewer and further between, thank God. Is there a cultural divide w/in our team? No, but maybe one between you and our team. Leave the 50's to the throw back uniforms and get your head in the current century.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

Did that make you mad?

Im generally against affirmative action. Im for it only to the extent that it removes immoral barriers, beyond that (given EXTRA consideration based on race, gender, etc.) I think is damaging to the moral fabric of society.

Whites shouldnt be given special consideration to play in a game unless they deserve it. Blacks shouldnt be given special attention at the Oscars by virtue of their race. Preference should be based on the quality of the product you provide. Besides, if there were a correlation between race and distance from the coach, being consistent we would have to awkwardly (and ridiculously) bring up preposterous ideas like Evan and Brannen being positioned half way down the bench. I hate reading race into things where it doesnt belong. Blacks and whites both do it. Its 2016. Its way past time to let that kind of thinking go!

Beyond what is relevant, let's keep politics out of sports.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

Great post! Where players sit? Wow.

A couple weeks ago Kansas played zero white players for what, I believe, was the first time. Meaning? That the best player options that night didn't happen to be white. That's all. Noteworthy, but not a political statement.

Doug Cramer 6 years, 3 months ago

Bill for a long time now, I have speculated that the answer to your question is yes.

Which is exactly why Mickelson got railroaded.

The country boy from Arkansas wasn't part of that cultural group...even though his ceiling is tremendously high.

The meeting Self had with Selden, Graham, Mason, and Ellis at the start of conference season. I'd like to know what was said in that meeting.

The cultural divide in this country is more divided now than any other time in my life. After the Beyoncé shenanigans that was pulled at the super bowl half time show, it's time to get our country moving past it, and past the black lives matter vs. law enforcement divide as well.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

Whats odd is that I can tell both what your position is and the intensity of your feeling on the topic by reading your last paragraph and you have clearly chosen a "side". Blacks contribute a lot to racial disharmony, yes. But law enforcement has blood on its hands, in some cases...both literally and figuratively, and you failed to mention that! Why? Consider seriously whether or not you are contributing to a cultural divide. No one is ever guilty of holding the wrong opinions, are they? It's always the other guy. The cultural thing has nothing to do with Coach Self's utilization of players. If that were so then it would be hard to explain Mickelson's stint of starting early in the season, but being sat down of late. If you subscribe to your idea then one must conclude that Self's perception of his own race has taken a southward turn during the course of this season, and that is the most ridiculous thing Ive ever heard as a matter of opinion. This is not Mizzou. We dont need a race riot here.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

Whatever "culture" Ellis and Lucas come from, the world could use a lot more of those kind of people. Articulate, intelligent, unselfish and determined. It's hard to imagine that they're part of any divide.

RJ King 6 years, 3 months ago

exactly. I just referenced it below .

RJ King 6 years, 3 months ago

Many fans have complained that this team lacks toughness or swagger. The entire starting 5, plus Brannen and Jamari, are finally bringing it, and of course a couple of fans label it a (negative) culture. (Ironically, I think Svi has "brought it" too, when he has been on the floor.)

Kindly refrain from the tiresome "CL" phrase, but . . . yes - there are certainly those who just can't be happy unless they have something to bitch about.

Jay Scott 6 years, 3 months ago

Sorry RJ. Chicken Littles are what they are. Calling them anything else is just dishonest.

Doug Cramer 6 years, 3 months ago

Joe - if you are publicly siding with a group that demonstrates support for the Black Panthers, or promotes anger and angst toward law enforcement officers, then you and I don't agree with each other period.

As far as the team goes, most likely only Self and his starting 4 besides Lucas knows what was said in that meeting. So I'm speculating here, and maybe thats not fair, but there are indications from an outside point of view that a cultural divide exists amongst the players.

Where's Frankamp ? I wonder what he or his dad has to say about this topic ? Based on what was said and the bizarre nature of how that evolved, we're they sensing something similar ?

Again, I could be way off base here. I could be way off. But there are people that follow this team that have had similar thoughts.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

Why do you interpret my saying that both sides have blood on their hands means that one side is innocent?

Your logic is turned off, evidently, while your (seemingly biased) emotional side is turned on. Stand down.

As far as where Frankamp is, maybe if he were the only player to depart under Self youd have a point. But Giddens, Giles, White, Galindo, etc...what about them? Did they leave because the culture was against blacks? Did you think Coach Self was racist against blacks when they left? If the answer is "no", then why are you making such an assumption about Frankamp?

Ill answer the question for you: you're way off base. Stop this ridiculousness. Please. Just stop it!

Doug Cramer 6 years, 3 months ago

Galindo, Giles, White, and J.R. didn't play with anyone from this team or existing culture.

Hope you're right J-Ross...hope that I am way off base here.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

Andrew White III did! And Im making this statement from the best of my recollection, not knowing the facts for sure, but I think White left the same time Frankamp did. Im almost sure they were on the team at the same time. Same "culture".

James Miller 6 years, 3 months ago

Doug and Joe, I have found your thread fascinating. Thanks for the insight into how you feel. Doug, I do not believe that the current race problems in our country have made their way to our beloved basketball team. We just have a bunch bigs that have not separated themselves from the pack (until the last three games). Somebody had to be left out. People were going to be mad no matter how it went. There are plenty of legitimate racial problems in America worth discussing. This is not one of them. But your posts are still awesome!!!

RJ King 6 years, 3 months ago

yeah, we certainly wouldn't want the "existing culture" of Perry Ellis or Landon Lucas to affect this team. I guess I'll remove that image in my head of Carlton and Svi in a bear hug on the sideline, because obviously it didn't really happen.

At least we solved the mystery of the Andrew III transfer: the existing culture would not tolerate a White on the court. I'm learning so much today.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

Andrew White III did! And Im making this statement from the best of my recollection, not knowing the facts for sure, but I think White left the same time Frankamp did. Im almost sure they were on the team at the same time. Same "culture". So whatever you suppose for Frankamp, you have to do the same for Andrew White. Your bias is showing.

Aaron Paisley 6 years, 3 months ago

White left after Self landed Wiggins a year before Frankamp left. There were no racial elements in either case. White was recruited over for a better player. Frankamp left so he wouldn't get kicked off the team because why else would a player leave in September after classes started and miss 3 semesters instead of 2?

Bob Zielinski 6 years, 3 months ago

Yes, Frankamp and Andrew White III were on the same team. Look at some box scores like the Duke win in November of 2013.

Doug Cramer 6 years, 3 months ago

Yeah you're right. Forgot Frankamp played an entire season before he left.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

So what is the reason you view this subject in a biased manner then? Let it GO!

Doug Cramer 6 years, 3 months ago

You seem to be the one having a problem letting it go. I'm just telling you what I see, along with what others that follow the program see.

You seem to want to discuss this further. If thats the case then you have an open invitation to give me a shout on Facebook and we can discuss it all you want.

Joe Ross 6 years, 3 months ago

The only thing is, theres a problem when you see things where they dont exist.

It makes us all uncomfortable to look in the mirror and confront our biases. Having them is not so much the problem; refusing to change them when you are aware of them actually is. It takes a bigger man to keep his pride out of the way so he can make progress.

There is actually a good reason to discuss this publicly, without attempting to ridicule: it causes others to think as well. I have no need to discuss this further, to be frank. What lessons may be learned have already been shown. You should know, moving forward, that I dont have a personal problem with you. Its almost always about the subject matter.

James Baker 6 years, 3 months ago

Doug, were you one of the two Beyonce protesters?

Marius Rowlanski 6 years, 3 months ago

A refuge for stupidity. Self plays who he thinks will contribute the most. No other concerns/agenda matter.

Steve Macy 6 years, 3 months ago

Wonderful, speculation on racial divide on the team. Facts? Proof? Not necessary, just throw enough junk on the wall and dime thing will stick. The intelligence level is summed by faulty recollections of when a player transferred and why. Do you guys involved in this conversation also read the national inquirer?

Larry Smith 6 years, 3 months ago

Mr Cramer, How about the fact that Hunter has been hurt? Does that count? Injured = Railroaded?

Doug Cramer 6 years, 3 months ago

The main form of media I follow is KUsports.com and ESPN. Was there ever an article that discussed his injury ?

Saw a few posts about it in the message boards, but I never saw any media information about it.

Jack Hoff 6 years, 3 months ago

Self mentioned it in quite a few of his press conferences. The fact that this is even being discussed blows my mind. How could anyone ever even grasp at idea that this team is racially affected somehow. I'm not pointing fingers or anything here cuz I actually thouroughly enjoyed reading you and Joe's banter but good Lord get a grip people. Self plays whoever he feels will win games for the University of Kansas Period, end of statement.

Andy Tweedy 6 years, 3 months ago

How in the world would I use the word "fire" to describe them? Those uniforms are "fire!" That just sounds stupid. Those uniforms are NIIIIIICE!!!!

Cameron Cederlind 6 years, 3 months ago

"The uniforms feature the same lightweight, sweat-wicking technology used in the NBA versions. Designed to give players optimum performance on the court, targeted ventilation zones on the chest, back and side keep players cool even in the most intense moments of the game."

You poked little holes in a shirt.

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