After much hype and months of speculation and rumors, the Wizards unveiled their new uniforms Tuesday at the Verizon Center.
With the dropping of the banner and entrance of models John Wall and Jordan Crawford, the room breathed a sigh of relief.
The uniforms aren’t bad.
Actually, they’re pretty sharp.
As was expected, the team’s colors changed from teal and gold, to red, white and blue. The new color scheme aligns the Wizards with the Capitals and Mystics and, according to Leonsis, is more appropriate for a Washington, D.C., team.
"The changing of the colors is significant in that it now makes red, white and blue the major theme for all three of our sports teams -- the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics,” Leonsis explained on his blog before the unveiling. “I think being located in our Nation’s Capital, that this was an easy and obvious decision.”
Don’t let Jordan Crawford’s scowl fool you. He loves the new uniforms and pointed out a sneaky little design element we hadn’t noticed.
“I think they’re really nice,” he told us. “I really like the ‘W’ at the bottom of the shorts.”
As we looked closer at the star shape at the bottom of Crawford’s shorts, we noticed that the area below the star was the outline of the Wizards “W.” Even skeptics have to admit -- that’s pretty cool.
John Wall agreed and hopes that with the new colors come a lot more wins.
“The old logo wasn’t bad," Wall said. "There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but it’s great to go back to these colors because they won a championship with it, and they had great success and hopefully we can have great success with it.”
While red tape prevented Leonsis from changing the team’s name and doing away with the much criticized wizard and moon logo, they were able to introduce two new logos that will be featured on uniforms and merchandise.
The first logo was designed to pay homage to the beloved old Bullets logo.
The second new logo is a basketball with the image of the Washington Monument integrated into its channels and is topped with a star, which according to the team is designed to “combine the game of basketball with a pair of iconic symbols of Washington, D.C., and the United States of America.”
It’s all very patriotic.
It wasn’t just the players that got a makeover. G-Wiz got a new look that he seems to be pretty proud of.
The cheerleaders also got some red sparkle.
Oh, and there were cupcakes.
The team store is offering a limited selection of merchandise and the Verizon Center location will be open 6-9 p.m. on May 10 and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. from May 11-13 so that fans can spend their allowance on new gear.
The team is offering a 10 percent discount to fans who donate gently worn Wizards apparel with the former colors and logos.
So what do you think? Is the Wizards new look a win?