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Celtics try out their gray ‘home alternate’ uniform

Avery Bradley
Avery Bradley

No one’s getting defensive, but might the Celtics’ new “Parquet Pride” uniforms provide too much coverage in places hoops stars need their freedom?

“There’s nothing like seeing a bare-armed basketball player going up for a layup,” said Boston personal stylist Ali Ehrlich. “You would think it would feel a little restrictive.”

Ehrlich called the short-sleeved Adidas-designed silhouette, which finally saw some action Friday when the team hosted the Chicago Bulls at TD Garden, “radical.”

Because of the chiseled arms of the athletes, “more skin exposure is appreciated,” she asserted.

Ehrlich noted that the “home alternate” uniform, which looks better suited for a soccer field, will see minimal playing time. “It’s only six games,” she quipped.


She gave the Celtics fashion points for going with gray: “It’s a hot color for the season.”

“There’s a lot of gray in menswear, in denim,” she added.

The owner of the Boston-based Right Up Your Ali also liked the idea of Adidas incorporating the famed parquet floor pattern into the jersey and shorts designs. The collection, which will include fan gear such as hats and T-shirts, is meant to honor great moments played on the legendary floor. The Celtics will next wear the uniforms Dec. 7, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the announcement of radio legend Johnny Most’s retirement.

“It’s a wonderful way to incorporate all of the achievements in one uniform,” said Ehrlich. “It’s not a slam dunk, but it’s not a foul either.”

Jill Radsken can be reached at jill.radsken@gmail.com