Jazz Bringing Back Popular Classic Purple Mountain Jerseys This Season
The "long-rumored return" of the Jazz' "purple-colored mountain-themed jerseys finally was confirmed by the team" via social media, according to Eric Walden of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. The Jazz "originally wore" the jerseys between '96-04. Nike worked with the Jazz to "bring the jerseys back to serve as the team's 'Classic Edition' uniform." The jerseys "will be worn" at 11 home games this season and at "select road games." The new versions of the jersey "feature most of the original components, such as the white-to-purple gradient mountain range; the motion-indicating '90s-style 'Jazz' wordmark; the white numbers and teal-and-copper trim; and the shorts featuring the mountain range on the left leg, secondary 'UJ' logo and the snowflake design on the waistband." There is also an "accompanying replica court to go along with the jerseys." The Jazz will host a "Classic Edition" event at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Oct. 19. The free event will "give fans their first look at the arena and the jerseys" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 8/29). In Utah, Ryan McDonald notes it is also expected that at least Jazz G Donovan Mitchell "will wear a special colorway" of his signature Adidas shoe when the team wears the throwback jerseys (DESERET NEWS, 8/29).
GOING RETRO: In Cleveland, Joey Morona notes the Cavaliers will "wear the black and powder blue swoosh road jerseys from the early days of Gund Arena eight times over the course of the upcoming season" beginning with the home opener on Oct. 26 against the Pacers. The Cavs "first wore the design" in '94, and the uniform lasted through the '97 season "before a slight redesign." The "Classic Edition" uniforms come with a "matching black and powder blue court." The '90s-themed court is "one of two the team will play on this season." The other features a "wine and gold color scheme with the Cavs' 50th anniversary logo at center court" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 8/29).