LOOK: 2018-19 Western Conference City Edition uniforms

NBA.com Global on Nov 11, 2018 07:01 AM
LOOK: 2018-19 Western Conference City Edition uniforms
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Across the NBA, the City Edition uniforms for the 2018-19 season are coming into view for fans. Some are updates of what teams wore a season ago, while others are a completely new look. Here's what teams in the Western Conference will be sporting on City Edition nights this season...

DALLAS MAVERICKS

The Mavericks chose to focus this year's City Edition uniform around a "True Maverick" theme, meant to represent the rebirth of the franchise around a new roster featuring prize rookie Luka Doncic.

DENVER NUGGETS

Denver opted to throw back to the uniforms the team wore from 1981-82 to 1992-93, famous for their "rainbow skyline" popularized by the teams of Alex English, Fat Lever and other early 1980s Nuggets icons.

Per the Nuggets, the team will wear the City Edition uniforms seven times this season, with the first game coming on Nov. 13.

LA CLIPPERS

For the first time in their history, the LA Clippers will embrace the "LA" in their name on their jerseys. The “LA” wordmark will be featured on a Clippers jersey and is inspired by the iconic 1984 Olympic Games’ “Stars in Motion” logo. The five stars on each side of the jersey represent the five Olympic Rings and longtime "voice of the Clippers" Ralph Lawler will have his signature stitched into the bottom left corner of the jersey.

The Clippers plan to wear their City Edition uniform six times this season.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

As one of the most iconic players in both NBA and team history, Magic Johnson has lent his skill to the Lakers' City Edition uniforms.

Per the Lakers: "Through his electrifying playmaking and personality, Magic Johnson exemplified what it meant to be a Laker during the Showtime era. The NBA legend lends his magic touch and eye for detail to Nike to help create the latest Lakers City Edition jersey.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

The Grizzlies' City Edition uniform pays homage to the city's tradition as a destination for music, wrestling and basketball. The 'Main Event' uniform will be worn by the Grizzlies for six games this season.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

A music icon plays a key role in the Timberwolves' City Edition uniforms for 2018-19 as Prince serves as the inspiration for their new look. The team worked with Prince's estate, which incorporates multiple references to the legacy of Prince. From the font -- which is reminiscent of the 1980s Prince era -- to the tonal purple most closely associated with Prince, the uniform speaks of his legacy and bond with the state.

Here's more from the Wolves' release on the uniforms:

The actual jersey design incorporates multiple references to the legacy of Prince. The left vent on the jersey bears a paisley leaf in tribute to Prince’s creative sanctuary – Paisley Park. The right shoulder pattern honors the iconic jacket Prince wore when performing “Purple Rain”. The “MPLS” on the left leg symbolizes the well-known Minneapolis Sound that Prince ushered in during the late 1970s. The Timberwolves partial logos on the right leg and on the belt buckle are in tonal purple – the regal color most closely associated with Prince. Tying it all together is the distinctive font, which is reminiscent of the 1980s Prince era.

The Wolves are set to wear the City Edition uniforms eight times this season, starting with a Nov. 16 home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

Few cities have as much color and personality as New Orleans. The Pelicans are trying to capture that notion with their City Edition uniforms, which feature a vibrant mix of Mardi Gras colors: purple, green and gold.

Several aspects of New Orleans culture are reflected in the uniforms, including the Pelicans “Fleur-De-Lis” logo in the colors purple, green and gold on the shorts. Additionally, a flap on the bottom of both legs of the shorts displays a hidden “Comedy Tragedy” Mardi Gras mask.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

The Thunder have a City Edition look that honors the state's Native American heritage. The uniforms are turquoise, which represents the 11th anniversary stone and the native color of friendship. Oklahoma City is in the midst of its 11th season in the state. The "OKC" on the front of the jersey pays homage to the Four Corners as well.

Here's more from the Thunder's release on the uniforms:

The lead design element of the uniform is turquoise, representing the 11th anniversary stone and the native color of friendship. It also coincides with the Thunder’s 11th season. Interlocking letters create “OKC” on the jersey’s chest, with separate shapes blending into one another to create one shape. Boldly set, the belt pattern on the shorts is derived from a traditional sash and represents the various individual communities expanding outward, pointing toward and blending with each other. Encompassed by the Four Corners, all shapes point inward to gather at OKC. The short vent graphic is inspired by the turtle shell, the circle symbolizes the Earth and recognizes the tribes that line the outside. Primary stripe elements point east to welcome the rising sun and guide the way.

The Thunder plan to wear the uniforms at least six times at home this season, with the first date coming on Nov. 14 against the New York Knicks.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

A blaze of red highlights the Blazers new City Edition uniforms.

SACRAMENTO KINGS

From the court to the uniforms, the City Edition look the Kings sport in 2018-19 is all about one look. Sacramento is going with a "Sactown" look (which is splashed across the chest of the uniforms) in a baby blue and red color scheme that has been a part of the franchise's history for decades.

In addition to the City Edition uniforms, the team will also have a City Edition-inspired court as well. It will feature a "Sactown" baby blue hardwood that will be utilized for select games.

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