Lakers unveil black “Hollywood Nights” uniforms

The Lakers haven’t exactly upgraded their talent. But they’ve made a push to upgrade their uniforms.

The Lakers released a video Wednesday on their Instagram account of Kobe Bryant wearing the team’s black alternative uniform, something the team will showcase this season for an unspecified amount of select game. The black uniform, dubbed “Hollywood Nights” features a black jersey and the Lakers’ traditional purple and gold as trimming.

“This has been a few years in the process of introducing a black Lakers uniform,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss said on the team’s Web site. “In no way are we ever going to replace the purple and gold traditional uniform that has seen so many championships won. But I think the gold is going to pop out in a black uniform. Having the purple letters says it all. It’s all Lakers.”

The Lakers will also wear white short-sleeve jerseys at select games during the 2013-14 season, including the team’s Christmas Day game at Staples Center against the Miami Heat.

“Hollywood is also a really hard working town,” Buss said. “That’s the major industry of this city, and it’s the heartbeat. Hollywood Nights is a tribute to all of those people.”

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