The Los Angeles Lakers have officially unveiled their official City jerseys for the year. For the last three years, the Lakers have had a former franchise legend design their fourth alternate for that season. First, Kobe Bryant was honored with a black and gold snakeskin kit. Last year, Magic Johnson was the inspiration for the purple pinstriped city jerseys. This year, the Lakers will be sporting another gold set designed by the Big Fella himself, Shaquille O’Neal.
Designed for dominance, inspired by legacy.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 20, 2019
The jerseys are the same gold as the Lakers’ main set but have a different tone of gold on the side panels. Featuring purple and white trims, the jersey – part of the Lakers’ Lore series as named by the organization – has several homages to the all-time great center.
Shaq’s signature adorns the bottom of the jersey and one of his many nicknames, Most Dominant Ever, is represented by the abbreviation M.D.E. on the side trim. The side panel also has three stars symbolizing the championships that Shaq won with the Lakers in 2000, 2001 and 2002.
The jersey also seems to have a bit of a throwback vibe similar to these classics:
You can see that although the jersey sports a gold color. The home jersey, by comparison, looks more yellow. The letters in this design are white. This was the case for most jerseys prior to the change to purple letters.
Despite a lot of public requests by fans (and even LeBron James), it doesn’t seem likely that the Laker will bring back to the Royal Blue throwbacks at least for this season.