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These Are the Knicks’ New Uniforms

NEW YORK -  September 6: Tyson Chandler #6 and Amar'e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks unveil new uniforms on September 6, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE  (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler showing off their new outfits.

If anything, we can finally stop hearing about them. After weeks of leaked video game screenshots and teases by the Knicks themselves, the team finally unveiled this season's new home and away uniforms in a fairly silly press conference (past and present Knicks answering pre-written questions about their favorite fashion designers) this morning. The changes, of course, are noticeable but not massive.

The color black and the piping down the flanks of the jerseys — relics of the nineties — have been totally removed. The collar of the jersey is now rounded, not V-shaped, and includes a thin strip of silver to reflect the update to the team's logo. That trim also curves around the armholes, though it stops abruptly at either side of the armpit, which looks weird but was evidently implemented to reduce underarm chafing and draw attention to the newly flattened and boldened "NEW YORK" across the chest. On the back, a little basketball with a "KNICKS" monogram has replaced the familiar subway token secondary logo. The shorts haven't changed much, save for massive, monochromatic waistbands that add a single strip of blue to the home uniform and orange to the away uniform.

Oh, and there's a hidden feature: a "ONCE A KNICK, ALWAYS A KNICK" inscription on the inner collar that, as has been identified, only invites ridicule and questions about whether Felton Spencer and Larry Hughes (and, you know, Jeremy Lin) are still technically Knicks.

Overall, the new look has been described as "retro" and a "cleaner" sight than the previous uniforms. That's accurate, though the Sports Section staff agrees that the early-nineties throwback uniforms New York wore during the 2010-2011 season would have been ideal in those regards. Those are damn near perfect. Still, it's an improvement.

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