The Mavericks will sport the alternate uniforms designed by Diddy in 10 other appearances—once more at a home game and nine times on the road—mostly in major-market cities.
The silver uniforms of last year were discarded after only one game, versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
Combs befriended Mavericks owner Mark Cuban two years ago and in December of 2003, the green light was given for Combs to handle the new look of the alternate uniforms.
"At least they don’t look like astronaut uniforms this year," said one fan of the Dallas Mavericks. Others were quite pleased with the uniform’s look.
"I like it a lot, especially that it says ‘Mavs,’" said another satisfied fan, who paid attention to the details of the design. “Having ‘Dallas’ on both jerseys is kinda lame, and the ‘Mavericks’ on last year’s alternates was too cramped."
Even Mavericks Head Coach Don Nelson liked Diddy’s design, saying “The more I looked at it, the better it got.”
The Mavericks beat the New York Knicks that evening, 103-101.
The uniforms do not bear the Sean John logo, due to the NBA’s exclusive licensing deal with apparel giant Reebok.