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Thunder Will Not Wear Tag On Jerseys Honoring '79 SuperSonics Championship
Published July 22, 2014
CALL TO ARMS: In Portland, Allan Brettman reported the Trail Blazers for the first time will have a "sleeved jersey in their uniform repertoire for the upcoming season." Arena said that the Blazers' white home jersey "will have the words 'Rip City' on the front," and it will be up to the team to "decide when the jersey will be worn." But whether sleeved jerseys are expected to have a "permanent place in the Blazers' lockers was not clear." Blazers VP/Communications & Public Engagement Michael Lewellen said there are "no immediate plans of a permanent option" for sleeved jerseys. He added, "Our goal is to be as fan-responsive as we can." adidas Dir of Global NBA Partnerships David Cho said that adidas designers had come up with a fabric "specifically made to enhance range of motion around the sleeves." In addition, players can "request a variety of fittings of the jerseys from skintight to loose." Meanwhile, a Blazers official posted a "mockup of the sleeved jerseys" on Instagram yesterday, "inspiring a variety of comments ranging from likes to dislikes, heavily skewing on the dislike side" (OREGONLIVE.com, 7/21).