Special Occasion Jerseys
Updated: Mar 17
Aside from the Christmas Jerseys, each NBA team had their own tributes to various Holidays or Special Events. Featured in this compilation are St. Patrick's Day, Chinese New Year, NBA Green Week Jerseys, and other one-offs.
St. Patrick's Day Jerseys
The Utah Jazz were the first to have a documented St. Patrick's Day Alternate for back to back seasons (1984/85 and 1985/86) based on their previous Road jersey. The official St. Patrick's Day Jerseys started on the 2005/06 season with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, and the Chicago Bulls. The Toronto Raptors joined a season later (2006/07). The Celtics and Bulls continued wearing it until the final Adidas season in 2016/17.
Chinese New Year Jerseys
These Jerseys were worn in the NBA Cities with a significant Chinese American (or Canadian) population. Originated by the Houston Rockets in the 2014/15 season, the Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, and Washington Wizards joined in for the following two seasons (2015/16 & 2016/17). During the shift to NIKE, the Warriors and Rockets carried on the tradition as City Jerseys for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.
NBA Green Week Jerseys
From the NBA Green Official Website:
"Through NBA Green, the NBA has partnered with the Green Sports Alliance to generate awareness and funds for protecting the environment. The NBA is taking steps to be more environmentally friendly and will continue to explore ways of reducing its impact on the environment through community outreach programs, generating awareness among fans and greening its operations."
These jerseys were worn on the 2008/09 season by the Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Bobcats, and the Denver Nuggets.
Charlotte Bobcats Racing Day Jerseys
Worn by the Charlotte Bobcats on the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons, and they were upgraded to full time Alternates in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons.
New Orleans Mardi Gras Jerseys
Worn by the New Orleans Hornets and then Pelicans starting at the 2009/10 to 2019/2020 (with a 2 season break in between). They will definitely continue with more Mardi Gras inspired City or Earned jerseys moving forward.
Memphis Grizzlies MLK Day Jersey
Worn by the Memphis Grizzlies, featured as one of Adidas' Pride Jerseys during the 2016/17 Season and as their Nike City Jersey on the 2017/18 Season.
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets Valentine's Day Jersey
Finally, there's this random 2006/07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets jersey to celebrate Valentine's Day.