After a week of patriotic
fashion statements, the Washington Wizards debuted a new look Tuesday morning with retro-styled uniforms, returning to a “traditional” and convenient national color scheme of red, white and blue.
The much-anticipated announcement was met with praise among Washington sports enthusiasts. Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog said, “The home uniforms are so beautiful they make me weep… this is a B+/A- at worse, and it just reminds us how horrific the past decade has been.”
The team also introduced two new secondary logos. One of the new marks is a lowercase “dc,” said to be a nod to the logo of the Washington Bullets, the name of the Washington Wizards before it was changed in 1997. The other secondary logo is a basketball with the image of the Washington Monument inside it.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said on his blog, “The changing of the colors is significant in that it now makes red, white and blue the major theme for all three of our sports teams - the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. I think being located in our Nation’s Capital, that this was an easy and obvious decision.”
But what to do with the old Wizards merchandise?
Washington Post’s Michael Lee noted that new merchandise went on sale at Verizon Center and online at 11:30 a.m after the press conference today. This week, fans that donate “gently worn” Wizards jerseys and accessories at the Verizon Center between Tuesday and Friday will receive a 10 percent discount on the new apparel. The collected items will be donated to the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program.
For a photo gallery of the history of Wizards Uniforms, click here.