The National Basketball Association has announced it's "Noches éne-bé-a" program for the 2014 season and "Los Suns" look to feature prominently. For the 8th year, the NBA celebrates its fans of Latin American and Hispanic heritage with 6 distinctive in-game NBA jerseys. Additionally, for the first time ALL 30 NBA teams will wear specially designed Noches éne-bé-a shooting shirts from adidas, the league's official on-court apparel provider, during the first two weeks of March.
The Phoenix Suns will wear their "Los Suns" jerseys in 1 nationally-televised game and two locally broadcast games. Remember when the Suns barely had 1 nationally televised game at the start of the season? Nosotros hemos venido a long way, baby! (Don't hate on my conjugation, please). Phoenix will wear the jersey in the following games:
Thursday, March 6 - @ Oklahoma City Thunder on FSAZ
Monday, March 10 - @ Los Angeles Clippers on NBA TV
Wednesday, March 19 - vs. Orlando Magic on FSAZ
The Latin nights jerseys are one of my favorite NBA alternates for all the teams that participate. I'm a bit baffled by the choice to have the Suns sport the "Los" designation at an away game in Oklahoma City instead of another home game, but I suppose all 12 Spanish speakers in the state of Oklahoma need some amor también.
According to the league, Hispanic fans comprise 18% of the NBA's total fanbase. In addition to the special unis, los partidos de Noches ené-bé-a will feature special telecasts and in-arena festivities. If you'd like to see what the NBA looks like in Spanish, check out their official Spanish language website, enebea.com.
Los Bright Siders, let's have some fun with this. Got any good Spanish language nicknames we could implement during Latin Nights? I already nabbed "El dragón" for Goran Dragić in the caption above, but how about "Hombre de Demolición" for P.J. Tucker or "Cirulea Gigante" (Giant Plum) for Miles Plumlee? Someone's got to be able to do better than that, verdad? Show your stuff in the comments!