New Utah Jazz uniform: Purple Mountain isn’t a ‘classic’ | Opinion

They are an easy target.

What’s worse, the possibility of jazz entering into a long rebuilding or Those new jerseys? asked ESPN’s Brian Windhurst in June on the “Hoop Collective” podcast.

Reporter Tim McMahon then jumped sarcastically about the uniforms the fourth-grade summer league team was wearing for his sons. He described them as cheap, bright yellow, mesh shirts with black numbers.

“I call them little jazz,” McMahon said.

The Jazz has revealed its shirts for 2022-23 On June 17. The regular season is just over a month away, and with the team now in full rebuild mode and more losses on the horizon, we should have enough time on air and space on social media to discuss these uniforms.

From my observation, most people agree with Windhorst and MacMahon. Me, no. I really like the simplicity of the new look of jazz.

But what baffles me is the full embrace of the worst costume in the history of the jazz string.

Somehow, in the midst of all this anxiety about rebranding in black and yellow, the purple mountain shirt has become a “classic.”

It is anything but.

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A lot of things went wrong in the ’90s. This includes pro wrestling, MTV, and a large selection of NBA jerseys and logos. Too many teams have launched unfortunate renamings, leaving out the truly classic look of overbearing logos and loud – or weird – color schemes.


Hakim Aliwan missile center in 1998.

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In 1993, Milwaukee Bucks She chose a realistic muscular deer and added purple to it. The Atlanta Hawks They also went for realism with their 1995 logo that spilled over some Especially bad outfit.

The Houston Rockets It went the other way, going completely to Toon Town in the worst rebranding of the decade. (It hurts to see Hakim Aliwan in this one.)

But there are four logos in particular that have always seemed to me like they came out of the same store.

Rebranding Nuggets, Sonics, Jazz and Pistons

In 1994, Denver Nuggets Step away from the rainbow horizon and adopt a more muted blue, red and gold logo. Next year , Seattle Supersonics He also went for muted colors, inexplicably adding red and introducing a logo that resembled a Denver feel.

In 1996, Utah Jazz And the Detroit Pistons Introducing two stunningly similar logos with an amazing number of colors.

Jazz abandoned the musical notes and went for purple…white…light blue…teal…and copper. The Pistons eliminated the classic red and blue color scheme and the simple logo of the teal, chrome, and flame logo above the basketball.

I don’t design logos for a living, and I can’t identify any technical principles that support this criticism, but those four teams all launched the same logo in the mid-’90s.


The Detroit Pistons logo was unveiled in 1996.

Like jazz, making pistons The “classic” outfit of the mid-’90s Part of the rotation in 2022. ESPN’s Mike Welbone was the best.

“With apologies to my friend Grant Hill, this uniform is stinking,” Welbone said on the Pardon the Interruption. “Red and blue pistons. … Get those cool stuff here.”

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It’s worth noting that most of the rebranded bands in the ’90s either went back to a version of their previous look or at least simplified things a bit.

Those views did not last.

If the ’70s and ’80s were the decades of bad sports, the ’90s should be known as the decade of bad NBA uniforms. Fortunately, companies and cities started building beautiful baseball and soccer fields, and NBA logos and costumes improved dramatically—except for the Mavericks and Cavaliers.

For jazz, a purple mountain outfit is a good memory — even if it’s not so good. They are fine at the occasional throwback game. But it is not “classic”.

Jazz recommitted to purple moving forward. Who knows what will happen to the simple yellow and black look? I hope it stays in some fashion, but regardless, the purple t-shirts the jazz team will be wearing in 2023-24 are really good – especially the old school music notes t-shirt.

This sounds “classic”. No brass. No teal. It would fit Maravic’s house well.

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