Nike's contract with the NBA starts this year, with the sports apparel company releasing its first uniforms for the Golden State Warriors

The NBA and Nike signed an eight-year contract, announced in June 2015, which was set to start during the 2017-2018 season. For their first release under the partnership, Nike showed off its new uniforms for the Golden State Warriors, the defending NBA champions.

While the jerseys coincide with some changes to NBA uniform regulations, the real conversation focuses on the materials. The jerseys are made from a blended fabric that uses polyester and recycled plastic water bottles recovered from the ocean. Nike estimated that it uses 20 water bottles to make a single uniform. This new fabric absorbs sweat quickly, providing an athlete more comfort and flexibility while they play.

Nike is planning a major launch for the uniforms and related apparel early this fall.

Nike NBA Uniforms

The NBA and Nike signed an eight-year contract, announced in June 2015, which was set to start during the 2017-2018 season. For their first release under the partnership, Nike showed off its new uniforms for the Golden State Warriors, the defending NBA champions.

While the jerseys coincide with some changes to NBA uniform regulations, the real conversation focuses on the materials. The jerseys are made from a blended fabric that uses polyester and recycled plastic water bottles recovered from the ocean. Nike estimated that it uses 20 water bottles to make a single uniform. This new fabric absorbs sweat quickly, providing an athlete more comfort and flexibility while they play.