Stylin': 'Uni-Watch' ranks Celtics jersey tops in NBA

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Stylin': 'Uni-Watch' ranks Celtics jersey tops in NBA

The Boston Celtics are always looking to score points - stylish ones included.

They appear to have earned quite a few with Paul Lukas of Uni-Watch, who ranks the Celtics uniforms tops among NBA teams.

"The Rolling Stones, "Goodfellas," a Hershey's with almonds - the classics are classic for a reason," Lukas wrote in describing the Celtics' game-day gear. "That definitely applies to the Celtics' set."

Lukas added, "They rank atop this list despite sometimes wearing that black-trimmed alternate."

Indeed, uniforms void of the sometimes over-the-top bells and whistles scored high marks in the Uni Watch rankings.

Right behind the Celtics was another franchise whose uniforms have had a well, uniform look for many years with subtle tweaks here and there - the San Antonio Spurs.

Rounding out the top ten behind Boston and San Antonio were the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

Maybe there's a connection between the look of a uniform and the level of play, especially when you consider the bottom-five uniforms consisted of teams that 1) didn't make the playoffs last year or 2) are expected to not be in the postseason this season.

The bottom five consists of the Charlotte Bob-kitties, uh, Bobcats; Orlando (disappearing act) Magic, Minnesota Timberwolves (Timber-puppies is more like it), New Jersey (now in Brooklyn with a better team and better unis) and the Sacramento Kings whose uniforms are ranked dead last - which may very well be where the team is ranked to start this season.

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

Ainge: Winning more important than All-Star bids

BOSTON -- When it comes to NBA awards and accolades, players in contention often try to play it cool when asked about whether they are deserving.
 
And then there’s Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who gives a definitive response whenever the question about whether he should be an All-Star starter is raised.
 
We’ll find out later today if Thomas will in fact be named as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star team when the East and West starters are announced. 
 
“It’s a little bit refreshing in that he is open about it,” Danny Ainge said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show this morning. “But every player wants to be acknowledged by their fan base, by other players in the league, coaches. You come into the league and as a young player you want to earn the respect of your peers and then you want to get paid and then you want to be an All-Star; maybe that’s the wrong order; and then nothing more important than winning.
 
Ainge added, “Isaiah is having a great year. He’s talked a lot about it. At some point in his career, he’ll talk about the most important thing and that’s winning championships.”
 
Ainge pointed to when Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen were all Celtics, there was no mistaking that winning came before anything else.
 
But where those guys were in their careers in terms of individual achievements and just age, were major factors in their focus being so deeply rooted in winning.
 
“Along the way they all want to win, but when you get to the point where Paul, Ray and KG were in their 30s, they didn’t care about any of that other stuff because they had it all, already,” Ainge said. “They had multiple All-Star games, they had big contracts, winning became the only thing that mattered.”
 
In other Celtics-related news, Ainge said that there’s no timetable for when Avery Bradley (right Achilles strain) will return to the floor. He has missed five of the last six games with the injury which includes last night’s loss to the New York Knicks which was a game in which the 6-foot-2 Bradley was a last-minute scratch from the lineup