Photo: Adidas' 2013 NBA All-Star Jerseys Are 'Aeronautical'

Photo: Adidas' 2013 NBA All-Star Jerseys Are 'Aeronautical'

You know -- well done.

Certainly an improvement from last year, where the semi-muted, dark-light-color pattern from top-to-bottom was just drab and runny.

The colors on the 2013 jerseys are brighter and the design sharper.

Some good work out of Adidas, who was apparently concerned with being appropriately Houston-y, so obviously planes.

From (via probasketballtalk):

Designed by adidas, the uniforms take inspiration from Houston's rich
aeronautical history and the speed of the jet planes that dot its
skies. The uniforms' eye-catching impact camo pattern evokes the world's
fastest fleet of aircraft with the classic silhouette of a basketball

Can't, uh, can't say that really jumped out at me on first look, but alright, what else you got?

Players will take to the court in black-and-white aviator-style NBA All-Star warm-ups featuring metal zippers made with a similar anodized finish used on airplanes. Each player's jacket will be customized to represent individual career accomplishments such as NBA All-Star Game appearances and All-Star MVP awards, NBA titles, in addition to regular season awards and Scoring Championships.

Needless to say, I'm now foregoing all non-anodized zippered clothing. As for the jerseys, I'm a fan, especially of the East's blue.

Would you buy one if Jrue Holiday's name winds up on the back? Starters for the 2013 game will be announced Thursday, Jan. 17 (tomorrow).

All this talk about planes makes for a super convenient excuse embed NMH.

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

6 months later, Cubs' Kyle Schwarber returns for World Series Game 1

CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.

Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.

Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.

Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.