In the past, the NBA teams that got to play on Christmas Day would wear special uniforms for the occasion. But if you're watching the games this year, you'll notice that all of these jerseys have been seen before. So ... what happened to the special Christmas edition uniforms?
The answer is simple: Christmas jerseys died when the NBA switched from adidas to Nike.
The switch happened at the start of the 2017-18 season, and ever since then, we haven't seen Christmas edition jerseys. Unfortunately for those who are curious, there doesn't appear to be any reason why Nike killed the tradition. Maybe the company felt it was unnecessary to spend time and effort to create an entire uniform for one game. Or maybe Nike wanted to make its own history and not follow adidas' Christmas tradition.
Regardless of the reason, it seems clear by now Nike is not interested in making special uniforms for the event. Nike's refusal to do so has upset a number of NBA fans, including someone the company has paid millions of dollars to: LeBron James.
MAN i wish I walked into the locker room tomorrow and we had Christmas Day uniforms! It’s a MUST we bring those back @Nike @nikebasketball I’ve been seeing those Lakers unis over the airways. Sheesh!!!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 25, 2019
Will Nike listen to LeBron in 2020?
all i wanted for Christmas was for the NBA to bring these jerseys back pic.twitter.com/BvXZFNku0e— Adam Kudeimati (@iamadamthe1st) December 25, 2019
Even though teams didn't receive special Christmas jerseys in 2019, many of the teams will opt to wear their City edition uniforms. So it's something different, but not something unique to the holiday.