Though the NBA is the youngest of the four major professional sports organizations in North America, the cities that host teams within the league are rich with history, and the new Nike 'City Edition' jerseys make reference to historic and characteristic aspects of those areas. The designs, which are part of Nike and the NBA's new strategy for jerseys moving forward, each make reference to various aspects of the cities in question.
In most pro sports, teams either wear their home or away jerseys, with occasional special jerseys thrown in on games throughout the year. For the first time this season, though, NBA teams have been given permission to wear any of three jerseys on any given night with Nike's 'Edition' jerseys. The Nike 'City Edition' jerseys thus augment the already in use Association, Icon, and Statement editions.