The Palestra Back Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the jolliest, most generous, most wonderful time of the year!

Let’s zip around the internet and find some of the best basketball gifts the web has to offer.

Jim Valvano Sweatshirt

jimmy v

Fitting during ESPN’s Jimmy V week, this crewneck brings back memories of one of the greatest games ever and one of the most inspiring speeches ever given.

The perfect gift for: Nostalgics, Coaches, Your most charitable friend

Denver Nuggets Throwback Hat


Flash things back with one of the league’s coolest old logos and keep yourself warm.

The perfect gift for: Stylish middle aged people, Your acquaintance who moved to Colorado due to recent law changes…  

Big East T-Shirt

big east

Yes, we peek into the wild world of eBay for this gift but it may be worth it. Look at that shirt! For those of you you didn’t take the time to zoom in on the back of the shirt, let me recap. Pitt, BC, Syracuse, and Miami (all now in the ACC), UConn (now in the AAC), Villanova, St. John’s, Georgetown (with an odd amount of red on their court), Providence, and Seton Hall (actual surviving members of the Big East). Five for ten! Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

The perfect gift for: Anyone who graduated from any of these schools before 2000, Anyone who cried during ESPN’s “Requiem for the Big East” documentary

Can I Keep My Jersey? by Paul Shirley


A book? A book! Basketball journeyman Paul Shirley details his career in the NBA, minor leagues, and the foreign hoops landscape with a comic sensibility that’s PG-13 or worse at times.

The perfect gift for: Frequent travelers, Fans of unathletic, white college power forwards

Larry Johnson Caricature Tank


There’s tons of other players and styles available, but I chose LJ because Mitchell & Ness decided to portray him with his gold tooth. Grandmama!

The Perfect Gift For: Active “gun showers”,  People who like both cartoons and 80’s and 90’s NBA highlights

“The Hick From French Lick” T-Shirt


One of the best nicknames gets t-shirted. Homage has a bunch of cool sports-themed designs that are worth checking out.

The Perfect Gift For: Boston Celtics fans, People who look excellent in Kelly green

Rupp Arena Cornhole Boards


Once I came across these beauties, I began scouring the internet for Palestra designed ones, but had no luck (You could even include some streamers littered on one or both ends of the court). Come on, internet. I’ve got money waiting. For now, the web has tons of teams already available for purchase.

The Perfect Gift For: Tailgaters, The white platoon, The blue platoon

And now, The Official Palestra Back Ridiculously Overpriced Item of the Year!

$300 Detlef Schrempf Jersey


Is anyone that’s not related to Detlef buying this? I mean, it’s not even like he spent his entire career in Seattle. I took economics in high school and college and nothing I learned in those classes suggests the supply and demand for this jersey matches up.

Maybe his appearances on Parks and Recreation have jacked the price up? Take me there!

take me there!

Anyway, happy shopping everyone.

Shane McNichol is the founder, editor, and lone contributor at If you’re reading this and are a close friend or family member of his, don’t assume he actually wants any of these items for Christmas. Follow him on Twitter @OnTheShaneTrain.

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