STAT, Chandler unveil Knicks' new uniforms

The Knicks' new look is a nod to the team's championship years.

The team showcased its new uniforms on Thursday in Manhattan. The new jerseys underwent a minor overhaul from the team's look in 2001-12. They more closely resemble the uniforms worn in 1968-79 and 1983-97.

"I love them," said Amare Stoudemire, who attended the showcase along with Tyson Chandler and former Knicks Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe. "These jerseys are extremely clean."

"I like them a lot," Chandler added. "They're really comfortable."

The most notable change was the removal of the side piping on the jerseys and shorts. The shorts have a solid waistband -- orange for the away jersey and blue for home -- and the Knicks' new logo adorns the left leg.

Other changes include:

• A more rounded neckline

• A less pronounced arch in the "New York" on the front of the jersey

• Elongated numbers

• A gray, slimmed-down trim that has replaced black around the neckline (the trim stops at the neckline, the team says, to accentuate the "New York" logo)

• A token logo on the back on the jersey has been replaced by the Knicks' "roundball" logo

• A message inside the neckline of the jersey that says, "Once a Knick, always a Knick"

Chandler said he appreciated that message, in particular.

"This city embraces us," the NBA's 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year said. "That's what New York is about."

Some have speculated that the changes were results of the Nets unveiling their new look in advance of their move to Brooklyn.

The changes may have been made, in part, to respond to the Nets' move to Brooklyn. But it was not in response to the Nets' new uniforms because the design was in the works months before the design for the Nets' jerseys was leaked.