Michael Korb, Zap2it
June 3, 2007
Sure, players from the NBA tend to wear four-button emerald-colored sport coats and plum zoot suits during their off-hours, but the basketball uniform itself has seen a lot of changes over the years. And those changes trickle down to the high-school and college ranks. The frighteningly short shorts of the 1970s and '80s have gone in the opposite direction and recently came close to becoming full-length pants. Now, thankfully, they are somewhere in between.
On any given episode, Nathan can be seen teaming with half brother Lucas Scott as they play for Tree Hill's boys basketball team, the Ravens. And even though Nathan looks to be approximately 30 years old, he apparently is still in high school and contemplating college scholarship choices - not to mention fatherhood and marriage.
But because this is what we do, let's focus on the Ravens' uniform - black, blue and white. Custom made by Cisco Athletic for the show, they feature Pro Mesh with special jacquard trim as well as tackle twill on the jersey and embroidery on the shorts. What's all that mean? Um, they're your standard nylon mesh basketball uniform. The tops feature heavyweight polyester twill lettering sewn directly to the garment while block patterns outline the arm openings. Though Nathan may not actually be attending Duke next season, he certainly looks the part.
Pro Mesh nylon is designed specifically for its breathability and ability to keep skin cool and dry during even the harshest of workouts. It can take some serious stretching and still bounce back. Though the Ravens uniforms aren't available to the public, you can purchase similar uniforms from the company for between $55 and $85. Completing the outfit, the show's costume designers chose Nike Men's Air Zoom Huarache 2K5 OTs in black - available at Foot Locker for $89.99.
Of course, you can't be a basketball player without having warm-up gear, and Nathan chooses the Nike B-Ball Practice Jacket in black from Nordstrom ($45.00). And when the warm-up jacket isn't enough, he throws on a classic blue and white letterman jacket with wool body and leather sleeves from Stewart & Strauss.
Like Nathan, we might never make it to the Final Four, but at least we can look as if we should.