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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 05/10/2011

Wizards unveil new uniforms

The Wizards unveiled their new uniforms Tuesday morning, and to no one’s surprise they are red, white and blue — and there was nary a Bullet in sight, except on the banners hanging on the walls of the Wizards’ practice court.


Jordan Crawford wears the new road uniform, left, while John Wall wears the new home uniform. (John McDonnell - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The home uniform is white and says “wizards” in lowercase navy type. The road jersey is red and says “washington” in white — again, lower case.

The jerseys include horizontal stripes, like Bullets jerseys of old.

The shorts have a star on the side and a “dc” logo — yup, lowercase. And apparently there is a “W” somewhere, though models John Wall and Jordan Crawford were unable to find it.

Banners honoring Elvin Hayes, Gus Johnson, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Wes Unseld — in several sets of the team’s former colors — looked on as John Wall and Jordan Crawford modeled the news unis, which look a lot like the Bullets of old.

Hayes himself also looked on, as part of an unveiling team that included Bob Dandridge, Greg Bibb, Ted Leonsis, Ernie Grunfeld and Flip Saunders.

There’s been a lot of reaction to the new uniforms, most of it positive. Here’s a sampling:

Team owner Ted Leonsis talked about why he didn’t change the name of the team back to Bullets.

Tracee Hamilton wrote that she liked the uniforms — a lot — and had an interesting conversation with John Wall.

Dan Steinberg also liked the uniforms — a lot — and answered reader and fan questions in an on-line video chat.

Fan reaction in an on-line user poll has been overwhelmingly positive.

There’s a video from the media event at which they were unveiled to the public.

And there’s a photo gallery of the Wizards’ look through the ages.

Update: Irene Pollin issued a statement about the new uniforms:

“I am absolutely delighted by the newly unveiled Wizards uniforms. The return to a red, white and blue color scheme is a wonderful way to celebrate the past while looking towards the future. The revamped logos are a strong, favorable and natural evolution of the Wizards brand, and I applaud Ted Leonsis for bringing this refreshing, yet familiar look back for Wizards fans of all ages to enjoy. My heart is still with you – go Wizards!”

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