The Lakers have had roughly the same look since they relocated from Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960. However, before the team committed to the forum blue and gold and the “Lakers” wordmark across their chest, they had blue and white uniforms with “Los Angeles” embroidered in script in the front of their jerseys.
The Lakers only wore the blue and white jerseys for seven years, from 1960 to 1967, but they’re arguably the most popular Lakers jersey of all time (outside of the classic gold Showtime Lakers jersey). Naturally, when Nike became the official sponsor of the NBA and announced that select teams would get throwback jerseys, Lakers fans hoped that the blue and white jerseys would be part of L.A.’s rotation, but they haven’t been yet.
According to a report by Chris Creamer of sportslogos.net, that’s going to change very soon — like, next season soon:
We can confirm that this design will be worn by the Lakers (on an actual sleeveless jersey, not a t-shirt) next season, officially designated as their “Classic” uniform.
NBA teams are allowed to wear an old jersey style for a single season to commemorate a milestone anniversary, in this case, it would appear this uniform will be in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Minneapolis Lakers relocation to Los Angeles for the 1960-61 season.
The blue and white Los Angeles jerseys will be the second throwback jerseys the Lakers have had with Nike. The first throwback jerseys that they rereleased were the baby blue “MLPS” jerseys that the team wore in 2017. The last time the Lakers wore the blue and white throwback jerseys was in 2003.
The Lakers have had a few misses when it’s come to their jerseys in recent years (see: the 2018 City edition jerseys), but the blue and white Los Angeles jerseys are guaranteed to fly off of the shelves when they’re released. It’s been a long time coming, but the blue and white is back, if only for a season.