It may take your eyes a minute to adjust to the Miami Heat’s Vice Versa uniforms and court.
By and large, the Miami Heat have had the best City Edition uniforms over the last few years with their Miami Vice-style jerseys. Each year since they first debuted, they’ve changed up the color, and it’s worked each and every time, whether the base color was white, light blue, black or even pink.
This year, however, the Heat took things a step further, introducing a blue and pink swirl that you either loved or hated right away. It was like a GoGurt dipped in cotton candy being hypnotically waved in front of the face of someone on acid, which is either a compliment or a scathing review depending on your opinion of the new “Vice Versa” jerseys.
On Monday, the Heat debuted these uniforms at home, with a custom home court to really accentuate the jerseys. The result was … well, it may take your eyes to adjust to this brief clip, let alone an entire 48-minute NBA game.
Going to take a while to adjust to this Heat court pic.twitter.com/w5BpbXgMVt
— Shane Young (@YoungNBA) January 5, 2021
NBA Twitter had jokes for the Miami Heat’s new uniforms
In person, those vivid colors might not clash as much, but that doesn’t really do anyone much good in the middle of a global pandemic when fans aren’t filling up arenas anymore. The uniforms themselves are gorgeous:
The Miami Heat's new jersey/court combo is something else 😲 pic.twitter.com/c2vczcXFug
— ESPN (@espn) January 5, 2021
The Heat’s new Miami Vice jerseys. 👀 pic.twitter.com/vs2NC6SCNU
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) January 5, 2021
But pair them with the court, and it became a different story.
On TV, the blend of bright hues were enough to induce a headache in just a few minutes, and NBA Twitter didn’t hold back with its criticism — or jokes — as everyone’s eyes struggled to adjust:
heat looking like a bunch of silly rabbits pic.twitter.com/KuG4MDiSrD
— Jasmyn Wimbish (@JasmynWimbish) January 5, 2021
Heat did Jimmy wrong with these jerseys.
out here looking like a push pop pic.twitter.com/tXkSrSriEq
— Meredith Minkow (@murrminks) January 5, 2021
I hate the yearly cycle of these city edition jerseys. No reason the heat shouldn't still be rocking the vice jerseys, but bc they gotta make a new one every year we have this instead https://t.co/7aPgm2McW3
— Jacob (AKA Rusty Buckets) (@RustyBUCKETS321) January 5, 2021
Let’s all hope the day will soon arrive when it will be safe for fans to attend games again so they can witness these unis and court in person. Because until then, we’re all going to need some Excedrin just to make it through these Heat games on our screens.