By Michael Doutey
The Oklahoma City Thunder have unveiled the new uniforms for the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday morning. There have been some subtle changes to the Association (white) and Icon (blue) uniforms. The Association now have “Oklahoma City” written across the chest while the Icon now has “Thunder”.
But the City Editon for this season might be one of the most impressive uniforms in Thunder history. The City Edition has been designed in partnership with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. This uniform was created for the upcoming 25th anniversary of the April 19th, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Nike worked with the Thunder and the memorial to pay respect and remember the lives lost and also all those who were affected by the bombing.
Across the chest, “Oklahoma City” appears in gold-lined letters, with the twin Gates of Time running down the side of the jersey that carries into the shorts. The times of 9:01 and 9:03 appear within the vents of the shorts. They reflect the time before the bombing and then after. The white on the side of the shorts represent the Reflecting Pool. “Service,” “Honor,” and “Kindness” appear above the jersey’s tag. The Survivor Tree is also depicted in full color on the belt of the uniforms shorts. Lastly, “We Remember Those Who Were Changed Forever, April 19, 1995,” is written out on a blue ribbon which is on the inside of the jersey.
To honor the partnership with the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the Thunder will fund free admission to the National Memorial Museum once a month for the year of 2020. The Thunder will also underwrite a permanent exhibit, which will emphasize and highlight examples of the Oklahoma Standard and provide valuable learning tools to deliver that message to local, national and global audiences.
The Thunder have retired the popular navy blue Statement jersey. Instead, the Thunder have brought the sunset color scheme back and combined it with the same design of the original Statement jersey. This is the first time that Thunder blue and sunset has appeared on a uniform together.