The 2012 NBA Champion Miami Heat are officially embarking on a journey today to defend their title and position in the NBA. The NBA Season officially kicks off today and just when you thought you had every Heat uniform option covered, the Heat have come out with a wardrobe makeover. They will be getting makeovers and have new special jerseys that will be worn for the opening ceremony with the trophy and distribution of championship rings. They will also get new white hot jerseys, new “Noche Latina” uniforms and new Christmas day unforms. Read in detail after the jump what changes are being made as well as when they will wear these new designs!
From a release issued Friday from the team:
The Miami HEAT announced today that it will continue with its ongoing uniform progression plan by unveiling new uniform designs during the 2012-13 season. The uniform designs to debut this season include a completely new design (White Hot), a 25th Anniversary Hardwood Classics uniform (Mid 1990’s Red), special event uniforms (Trophy/Ring/Banner Ceremony and Christmas Day uniforms), an updated uniform (“Miami Black”) as well as the recurring “Noche Latina” uniform. Each uniform will highlight specific parts of Miami HEAT history while generating enthusiasm among HEAT fans around the world.
Trophy / Ring / Banner Ceremony Uniform
As the reigning NBA Champion, the Miami HEAT will wear a special version of its home white uniform for the Opening Night Trophy / Ring / Banner ceremony and game. As is customary for the defending champion in the NBA, the team uniform will feature gold trim elements outlining the team name, along with the Larry O’Brien Trophy affixed to the right shoulder of the uniform and on the back of the warm-up jacket.
In a nod to the immensely successful and nationally recognized White Hot playoff campaigns that preceded the team’s two championships in 2006 and 2012, the HEAT will unveil their White Hot uniform on Saturday, November 24 when the team takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena. The team will re-christen the traditional “Black Friday” date as “White Hot Friday” and will make the uniform available at retail for the first time on the same day as the game. The White Hot uniform is bold and sleek, an all-white garment with white team name, numeral and logo elements, highlighted by black trim. The White Hot uniform will become the team’s Saturday game uniform for the season, with two other nationally-televised home game dates included amongst the wearing schedule. Below is a complete list of the dates the HEAT will wear the White Hot uniform:
New York Knicks
New Orleans Hornets
Los Angeles Lakers
NBA Christmas Day – BIG Color
As the marquee match-up in the NBA’s traditional Christmas Day slate of game broadcasts, when the HEAT take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in a rematch of the 2012 NBA Finals, the team will be sporting a special red Christmas Day uniform. As part of the NBA’s BIG Color initiative, all teams participating in a Christmas Day game will wear a new uniform highlighting one of their team colors. The HEAT red Christmas Day uniform is all red with white trim outlining just the team name, player name and numerals. The Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami HEAT game will air on ABC on Christmas Day starting at 5:30p.m.
Red 25th Anniversary Hardwood Classics
To commemorate the franchise’s 25th Anniversary season, the team will unveil a special Red 25th Anniversary Hardwood Classics uniform. This red throwback uniform pays homage to the mid 1990’s HEAT teams and features chunky numbers with a large drop-shadow and a scoop neck silhouette, as well as the original design of the “flaming T’ element in the HEAT word mark. While the team will be recognizing its anniversary throughout the season, the HEAT will dedicate the month of February to wearing the Red Hardwood Classics uniform. Each home and road game during the month of February (with the exception of the February 10th game) will showcase the HEAT wearing the Red Hardwood Classic uniform.
In addition to wearing the 25th Anniversary uniform, each of the Hardwood Classics games will include a variety of special in-game features and activities which will celebrate the team’s history. The Red Hardwood Classics home game schedule includes:
Los Angeles Clippers
Portland Trail Blazers
2013 Noche Latina
With one of the largest Hispanic fan bases in the NBA, the 2012-13 season marks the seventh year the Miami HEAT will celebrate the NBA’s Noche Latina initiative, an annual celebration honoring both players and fans alike who hail from Latin American countries. The HEAT will celebrate the Noche Latina initiative at AmericanAirlines Arena during three home games in March. During those games, the team will wear a special 2013 Noche Latina black uniform featuring “EL HEAT” on the front. During the Noche Latina games, South Florida’s cultural vibrancy will be highlighted with Latin-themed music, performances, and in-game activities. The 2012-13 Noche Latina games include:
The HEAT has updated its primary black road uniform, replacing the word “HEAT” with the word “Miami.” The result of this change is that now each primary home uniform for the team now says “HEAT” while each primary road uniform for the team now says “Miami.” Because “Miami Black” is simply an update on an existing uniform, there will not be a specific schedule of games for which the uniform will be worn. It will simply become part of the uniform rotation and will be worn at the team’s discretion.
25th Anniversary Patch
As a season-long acknowledgement of the HEAT’s tenure in Miami, the team will wear a special 25th Anniversary patch on selected team uniforms this season. The special patch will be seen on the following on-court uniform elements:
Home White Jersey
Road Black / Road Red Jersey
Alternate Road Red Jersey
Red Hardwood Classic Jersey
All Warm-up Jackets
Once the uniforms are formally unveiled, they will each be available for purchase at The Miami HEAT Store.