It’s been more than seven months since Ernie Grunfeld let slip the news that the Wizards would be returning to red-white-and-blue uniforms for the 2011-2012 season. Now, finally, we have a date.
The Wizards announced on Thursday that they will unveil “the team’s updated brand featuring a red, white and blue color scheme during an exclusive event at Verizon Center on May 10 at 11:00 a.m.” The new look, according to the press release, includes “new uniforms and marks.”
“The updating of the Wizards brand has been a priority we have focused on with our partners at Adidas and the NBA league office for the better part of the past year and we look forward to the introduction of our new look on May 10,” Wizards Executive Vice President of Business Operations Greg Bibb said in the release, which I’m essentially copying and pasting here for your benefit. “We are excited about the finished product and we are eager to share the new designs with our fans on a day where our proud past will meet our exciting future.”
The event will be open to private guests and media members, but will also be streamed live on the team's Web site. Ernie Grunfeld, Flip Saunders and current and former Wiz/Bullets players are scheduled to attend, which I guess tells you something about Saunders’s future with the organization.
For the superstitious types, recall that the Caps unveiled their red-white-and-blue look in June of 2007, and made the playoffs the following Spring. The models were Chris Clark, Brian Pothier, Ben Clymer and last-man-standing Jeff Schultz.