Limited edition jersey celebrates state’s Native heritage
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Oklahoma City Thunder revealed the second ‘City Edition’ uniform designed in partnership with Nike.
The turquoise uniform is heavily inspired by the Native American heritage in Oklahoma.
The Thunder will debut the uniform against the New York Knicks at the Chesapeake Energy Arena Nov. 14 and they are set to wear it during six home games throughout the season.
Thunder Senior Vice President Brian Byrnes said in a news release that the jersey is ‘more than just a uniform.’
‘We are honored to have worked with Nike to develop a design that in so many ways captures and celebrates the influence of our state’s Native American communities,’ Byrnes said.
The design itself comes from Nike graphic designer Carson Brown who said when coming up with the icons incorporated, he wanted to make sure it encompassed Native culture and did not appropriate.
Turquoise is the main color representing the 11th anniversary stone, Native color of friendship and corresponds 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,’ the Thunder press release stated.
The release stated the logo is centered in the Four Corners and the turtle shell inspires the vent graphic.
‘…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,’ is stated.
The limited-edition jerseys will be available for sale Nov. 9 at the Thunder Shop at Chesapeake Energy Arena and the team’s retail website at: www.okcthunder.com.