“For the Love. For the Land.”: Cleveland Cavaliers unveil a collaboration with Cleveland MetroParks for 2022-23 City Edition uniforms

The Cavaliers 2022-23 Nike NBA City Edition uniform design is rooted in THE LANDscape of Cleveland Metroparks.
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Cleveland Cavaliers star big man models the team’s new City Edition uniforms. The uniforms are a collaboration between the team, Daniel Arsham and the Cleveland MetroParks. Photo credit: Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers have unveiled their 2022-23 Nike NBA City Edition uniform, a vintage and earthy design inspired by Cleveland Metroparks.

The Nike NBA City Edition collection is a league-wide initiative created to honor the inherent bond between the court, community and culture. Every season, each NBA team introduces a different City Edition uniform that represents the stories, history and heritage that make their franchise unique. The Cavaliers will debut their City Edition uniform at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Sunday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Minnesota Timberwolves.

Like the Icon (wine), Association (white) and Statement (black) uniforms that were introduced this offseason, the newest version of the City Edition uniform was designed by Cavaliers Creative Director and internationally renowned contemporary artist, Daniel Arsham. This is Arsham’s first unique edition uniform design project for the Cavaliers.

“From the miles and miles of bustling Lake Erie coastline to the award-winning Cleveland Metroparks, the colors and tones of our City Edition uniform represent the incredible natural resources that make up our home region,” said Arsham. “We’re proud to champion the Metroparks, the grand protector of these resources and a crown jewel of Northeast Ohio, through this unique collaboration.” 

A tan and light blue colorway pops on a white uniform shell with “The Land” displayed across the chest, accented with the Cavaliers’ “C” logo. The Cleveland-Cliffs logo is featured on the upper left chest.  Cleveland-Cliffs, who became the Cavaliers’ jersey patch partner this past offseason, is the largest flat-rolled steel producer in North America and have been headquartered in Cleveland and operating in the Great Lakes region since 1847. Environmental stewardship is vital to Cleveland-Cliffs by working in a responsible manner to produce green steel for blue lakes.

“For The Love. For The Land.” is written above the uniform jock tag, a call to action to embrace unity and come together in a common bond of love for each other and our city. Underneath the jock tag is Daniel Arsham’s signature. The shorts feature a tan and light blue waistband and the Cavaliers “V net” logo in the center. The light blue Cavaliers “C” logo can also be found on the right side of the shorts.

“Cleveland Metroparks is honored to be part of the inspiration for this year’s City Edition and celebrate what makes our region and community so special,” said Kelly Manderfield, Cleveland Metroparks chief marketing officer. “We’re excited for the year ahead and new opportunities to engage with fans and connect to our Emerald Necklace.”

A special City Edition Court has been designed to accompany the team’s uniform during designated City Edition nights throughout the season. The left side of the natural hardwood floor is accented in light blue and the right side in tan. At halfcourt, where water meets land, “The Land” logo is displayed, complementing the design on the chest of the uniform. “Cleveland” is featured on the left baseline, with “Cavaliers” on the right baseline. The Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse logo is displayed near half court and the west baseline features the Cavaliers’ LET EM KNOW mantra. In addition, several other Cavaliers partners have prominent placement on the hardwood, including the logo of Cleveland-Cliffs on the left and right baseline, as well as Betway on the east sideline.

The special edition City Edition court will be featured seven times this season with the first appearance coming this Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Photo credit: Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavaliers will wear the alternate uniform for seven games throughout the 2022-23 season. In addition to its November 13 debut, fans can look forward to these upcoming City Edition games:

  • Sunday, November 13 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Wednesday, November 30 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
  • Saturday, December 10 vs Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Friday, December 23 vs. Toronto Raptors
  • Wednesday, January 4 vs. Phoenix Suns
  • Tuesday, January 31 vs. Miami Heat Friday, March 17 vs. Washington Wizards

Evan Dammarell is a sports journalist covering all things Cleveland right off the shores of Lake Erie. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. You can also email him at [email protected] He can also be found three to five times a week on Locked On Cavs, a part of the Locked On Podcast Network.

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