Why the Lakers Are Wearing Gold Jerseys in Their Matchup Against the Spurs?

Published 10/26/2021, 10:37 PM EDT
October 8, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Nemanja Bjelica (8) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a much-needed win against Memphis. It was their first win as a new-look team and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Prior to the win, the Lakers were on a losing streak since the preseason. Now they are facing their arch-rivals, San Antonio Spurs, and will hope to keep their momentum going. However, what jersey did they choose for the occasion?

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The Lakers and Spurs are going point after point right now. But the purple and gold are facing a major hiccup. In the last game, LeBron James went down with an ankle injury. While he finished that game against Memphis, he is not playing against the Spurs.

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The absence of the ‘King’ allows various things. Firstly, it will give Russell Westbrook the chance to be the true facilitator on the field. It will also allow the Lakers to figure out their rotations much better. Coming to the jersey, which of the three Lakers jerseys did they go for?

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Lakers go gold

The Lakers-Spurs rivalry has always been an exciting matchup. Their rivalry goes back to the days with Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant battling it out. However, when it comes to overall success, the purple and gold is at the top of the NBA.

Hence, to celebrate the success, the Lakers have gone with their icon jerseys against San Antonio. This jersey signifies wisdom quality and also the success of the organization. The Lakers are the most successful organization with 17 titles with quality coming from producing multiple Hall of Famers through the years.

Oct 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook (0) dribbles a ball during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. The Lakers won 121-118. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

The icon edition jersey also has a hint of purple. A purple strip on the jersey is significant of the showtime Lakers.

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This is their first away game of the season and the contest is all close as it can get. A classic game where the scores are neck and neck with all possibilities. Currently, the Spurs hold a 12 point lead going into the final quarter.

Westbrook, who has been relatively silent on the scoring end this season, is producing tonight. He has 18 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes, turning the ball over just once. Anthony Davis is having a typical game with 21 points and 2 blocks so far. Malik Monk stars as LeBron misses and he is living up to the expectations with 13 points.

San Antonio center, Poeltl is putting on 16 points and 3 blocks so far. Point guard Dejounte Murray has accumulated 15 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. However, Walker IV has been the difference-maker with 21 points off the bench, shooting 5-6 from downtown.

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With this deficit to start the fourth, do you think the Lakers can pull off a comeback? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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