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Active since the 1920's and founded in Germany, Adidas is a leading sports equipment and apparel company. Supplying products in just about every single sport there is, they are sponsored by sports icons in just nearly every field and so draw in masses with their signature 'Three Stripe' design seen on the majority of the products which they manufacture. They are also currently the official outfitters for the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The NBA is the world's leading national basketball league. American-based, it was founded in the 1940s, but didn't become the National Basketball Association until a merger ultimately drew two rival leagues together and made what we see today with 30 teams (one Canadian) representing the best basketball talent the world has to offer.
Coming in 'Authentic', 'Swingman' and 'Replica', basketball jerseys can differ quite a bit from the light and cheap to the sorts worn by the actual players on game day. Of course, with this variety comes price and 'Replica' is the most accessible in this respect. These carry the same logos and such as the on-court jerseys, however are made of cheaper, more light-weight materials than what you'd get with the 'Authentic' ones. These can be easily distinguished from one another as the Replicas carry a broad shoulder design and print-on logos whereas you get sewn logos with a narrow cut on the shoulders.
The San Antonio Spurs Home Jersey is a white one with black accented details. Avaliable to me at the time was only the replica version (not that I would have gone for the more expensive top in this instance) and it done with '#21' (Tim) 'Duncan' as the feature player labelled on it.
I bought this jersey when just browsing around my local TK Maxx a couple of years agao and had this catch my eye. Although I wouldn't consider myself to be a fan of the Spurs, at the time they were doing well and so I chose this jersey over many others because it came across as amongst the most appealing (since my 76ers were nowhere to be seen at the time). The white and black design is very straight-forward and so appealed directly to my tastes for both something to wear whilst playing basketball or to be worn casually when layered with something else too.
Once I got wearing it, it seemed as though it had replaced a lot of the rest of my wardrobe, but soon for a different purpose than intended as it soon became just something I'd wear about the house, rather that whilst out and about. I feel that this jersey top is ideal for just this as a loosely-fitting vest design that just covers you up and tries its hardest to insulate (not that your likely to be looking for this feature when purchasing it).
It's something that I've worn for years and I'm not really all that bothered about the condition of. However, now it's clear that I wouldn't go out in it and that I'd choose other jerseys I have if I wanted to as the 'Home' design has its mesh part all-white (rather than the 'Away' jersey where this part is all-black and so its whiteness is susceptible to fading into a dull grey and losing its original freshness.
I found that this, along with all my other jerseys (both NBA and NFL) that it being a 'Replica' meant that washing it heaviest made its print-on lettering and logos crack and then come apart from the vest itself over time and so this is something you need to be weary of if you wish to wear it out and about and especially if you intend on wearing it for a considerable amount of time as I have with this one.
==Where To Buy==
NBA jerseys in the UK seem to be a bit of an effort to find and so you'll be lucky if you find a site that stocks them. If you're looking for a specific team or even player then you're likely to be disappointed if they aren't amongst the most popular ones, but it doesn't hurt to look around Amazon, JD, Stateside and other places as they often dip in and out of stock and Replicas are often found at around £40, although in TK Maxx I bought mine just a season last for £10 cheaper than this.