This past Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers the Miami Heat broke out their “Back In Black” uniforms. Lakers big man Josh McRoberts apparently wasn’t a fan of them. This weekend Miami will be going retro as part of “NBA Hardwood Classics Nights”. Tonight against the Sixers and tomorrow versus the Bucks the Heat will pay tribute to the Miami Floridians of the ABA.
During the Floridians games, the HEAT will wear the 1971-72 Miami Floridians “white hot” version of the uniform which features black numbers with a magenta trim above “Miami” on the front of the jersey. The jersey is also highlighted by the “only in Miami” colors of magenta and orange vertical stripes on the left side. On the back of jersey, the player’s last name will be featured in the ABA retro-style of below the number.
The HEAT is encouraging all fans attending Floridians games to come dressed in their funkiest 1970’s fashions as the vibe, the music and all in-game activities will center on the days of disco and platforms.
The team will debut a special player introduction video amid the backdrop of the 1975 smash hit “Get Down Tonight” sung by musical icon and South Florida native Harry Wayne Casey, better known as lead singer KC from the popular 1970’s group, KC and The Sunshine Band. The lighthearted video, which will air before each of the Floridians games, features HEAT players donning afros and other props as they attempt to recreate the revelry of the era
The 1971-1972 Floridians, coached by Bob Bass, went 36-48 and finished 4th in the ABA’s Eastern Division. They would lose in the Eastern Division Semifinals to the Virginia Squires. The franchise played a total of 5 seasons and compiled a record of 189-219.
If you’re not in the Miami area this weekend but want to sport 70′s gear and take part in the festivities you have 4 more opportunities to do so. The Floridians will also be taking the floor February 5th & 7th and March 6th & 7th.
Here are some promo shots courtesy of the Sun Sentinel.