Thunder Unveil New Uniform For '19-20 Memorializing OKC Bombing
The Thunder partnered with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum to unveil their new City Edition uniforms, a "charcoal and gold Nike uniform [that] pays respect to those affected" by the '95 bombing there ahead of its 25-year anniversary next April, according to Maddie Lee of the OKLAHOMAN. It has "long been a Thunder tradition to bring each player to the memorial when he joins the team," but now the team will "put its own imprint on the museum." The team "plans to underwrite a permanent exhibit that will focus on the 'Oklahoma Standard.'" The date of the exhibit’s debut has "yet to be set." The Thunder also "pledged to fund free admission to the museum once a month" for '20. The "three values associated with that standard -- service, honor and kindness -- are also printed above the City jersey’s tag." Other details "include gold side panels in the shape of the memorial’s Gates of Time." In addition, a time stamp "appears under each: 9:01, the minute before the bombing, and 9:03, the minute after." The "survivor tree, a 90-year old elm that withstood the blast, appears on the waist band of the shorts." The Thunder also "officially released" three other '19-20 uniforms today. The "Statement" jersey is a "'sunset' variation of last season’s blue statement jerseys." The "Icon and Association" uniforms "feature small tweaks to last season’s blue and white uniforms, respectively." The jerseys will be "available to purchase at a later date" (OKLAHOMAN, 7/23).