NBA stock up with special Christmas Day kits (but don't worry, our Premier League clubs won't follow suit…)
17:36 GMT, 30 November 2012
NBA teams will wear limited edition Christmas Day kits this year. But panicked parents in England must fear not – it isn't an idea ready to be embraced in the Barclays Premier League.
The NBA are certain to cash-in on the lucrative limited edition designs, which will be worn by all the major basketball teams on December 25.
However, Sportsmail understands it has never been on the agenda at Premier League HQ and such an idea for Boxing Day-only kits would have to be recommended and agreed to by the clubs.
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Premier League sides have their usual three kits approved in pre-season while officials granted special dispensation for them to wear the recent charitable Poppy kits (which clubs donated to raise funds for the Royal British Legion).
The NBA have explored the addition of one-off uniforms several times with previous themes including 'Latin Night', 'St Patrick's Day' and they will wear special training shirts for World Aids Day.
'The Christmas jerseys are fun,' said NBA commissioner David Stern, speaking exclusively to Sportsmail in New York.
'We're always doing throwback nights. We have Hispanic nights where the players' shirts will have 'Los Bulls' or 'Los Spurs' and sometimes we do a special uniform for some period of games. And so the idea for the Christmas Day jerseys came up and I was like, well let’s do it.
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'The festive commercial we did, the cow of the bells isn't played actually because it is played by basketballs.
'These guys are bouncing basketballs and the idea was, let's do a limited number of Christmas Day uniforms (available at the NBA Europe store) and once they're sold out they are gone.
'It was like a kick of excitement. The commercial has over 5 million views within a week. That's crazy. I really do get a kick out of it.
'I wasn't really a big fan of all these changed uniforms. I came of age at a time when you looked at the TV set and you knew the Bulls were in red, the Celtics were in green, the Knicks were in blue, the Phoenix Suns had some orange configuration and the Lakers were the only ones who didn't wear white at home, they wore yellow.
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'Then, all of a sudden New Orleans started wearing yellow in their home uniform and it was like, “Oh my God, everything's changing. Take me back to the good old days!”
'But you know what now – like with the Christmas uniforms – I think it's great. If you try it and you fail, you might look stupid but if you succeed then great.
'You've just got to let it go and don't take yourself too seriously.'
Miami Heat star LeBron James, meanwhile, was revealed as the biggest-selling shirt seller earlier this week.
'It's an honour to be No 1,' said James, who last had the league's best-selling jersey in April 2011.
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