Today I wanted to take a look at an NBA team and compare one of their classic old school looks to their current uniform set. That team is the Atlanta Hawks. If you were a fan of the Atlanta Hawks in the 1980's, the image of their classic red, yellow and white uniform immediately comes to mind. The images of the Human Highlight Film Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb, Kevin Willis and Doc Rivers come to mind. (and don't forget NBA legend Jon Koncak) Dominique Wilkins made this Hawks style popular with his multiple appearances in the Slam Dunk Competition, in his classic battles with Larry Bird and Michael Jordan, and each night on Sportscenter. The slanted stripe and stylized Hawk logo created one of the coolest uniforms of that era in the NBA.
Fast forward to today. The current Hawks uniform bears no resemblance whatsoever to the old school 1980's look. The team has chosen to change its colors to a navy blue and red base. No longer will you find the classic yellow mixed into the team's color scheme. Add in a new logo and the team looks completely different than it did during its popular run in the 1980's. The new jerseys feature interesting color blocking, much like the old school version had during their run in the 1980's. As a fan of the old school Hawks look, I am still trying to get used to the team using this look and color scheme. I'm not opposed to these designs and colors, they just don't say "Hawks" to this old school NBA fan.