Cleveland - The Cleveland Cavaliers have unveiled their Nike Earned Edition uniform, the newest installment from the Nike/NBA uniform catalog.
The Nike Earned Edition alternate uniform is worn by all 16 NBA teams that qualified or “earned” a trip to last season’s NBA playoffs. The Cavs will debut their own, unique white, powder blue and navy version on Wednesday, January 2nd vs. the Miami Heat at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:00 p.m.
Apart from the color variation, the “Ice” Earned Edition reflects the same design elements of the orange and blue City Edition that was introduced in November. In both uniforms the wave pattern that symbolizes Lake Erie, one of Northeast Ohio’s most valuable resources, is integral to the design concept. The cool color palette in the Earned Edition represents the change of seasons as the cold winter that grips Northeast Ohio transforms the Great Lake Erie from water to ice.
As with the City Edition, the Cavs teamed up with Destination Cleveland, the area’s destination marketing and management organization, to proudly display the iconic Cleveland script wordmark in navy on the front of the Earned Edition uniform. Framing the wordmark that slants upward across the chest, Cavs legacy partner, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s iconic Wingfoot logo is positioned on the upper left chest with the famous Nike Swoosh logo located on the upper right chest. The neckline is a traditional scoop neck which differs from the modern V-neck on the Association, Icon and Statement uniforms. The player number is positioned to the lower left of the chest in a navy font.
The back of the jersey features the player name and number in a navy font, and a small square patch on the back-center collar that displays the number “1” is positioned inside of the Larry O’Brien trophy to represent the Cavaliers NBA Championship in 2016. This is a standard feature on the uniforms of all teams that have won an NBA Championship.
The jock tag on the lower left front of the jersey reads “1 OUT OF 5 GREATS,” in reference that Lake Erie is one of the five Great Lakes.
The shorts feature the letters CLE at the center of the waistband, the popular abbreviation taken from the Cleveland script wordmark. The Cavaliers “C” logo, in navy and outlined in powder blue and white to create a three-dimensional appearance, is prominently featured on the right leg, and under the ventilation flap is an icon of the Great Lakes. An outline of the wave on the left leg of the shorts provides another splash of color separation between the powder blue and light blue colors.
The Earned Edition is a one-year alternate uniform from the Nike/NBA collection that joins the Association (white), Icon (wine), Statement (black) and City (orange and blue) as the final uniform in the Cavs 2018-19 season collection. The Cavs will wear the Earned Edition for three home games at Quicken Loans Arena this season, on January 2nd vs. the Miami Heat at 7:00 p.m., January 29th vs. the Washington Wizards at 7:00 p.m., and February 2nd vs. the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 p.m.
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Cavaliers 2018-19 “Ice” Earned Edition Collection Available Beginning Wednesday, December 19th at 10:00 a.m
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