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Sixers unveil new City Edition uniforms

The Philadelphia 76ers unveiled today its 2019-20 City Edition uniform, presented in partnership with Official Jersey Patch Partner, StubHub. The 76ers showcased the City Edition Tuesday evening to close the first-ever “76ers Crossover: Art Exhibition, presented by Reebok.”

Integrated into the Art Exhibition, the 2019-20 City Edition was revealed through a live speed-painting by artist David Garibaldi, explained through spoken word poetry written and performed by from artist Alix “Philo” Philogene, and worn by 76er Josh Richardson, who DJed to an exclusive audience of 76ers teammates, alumni, art enthusiasts, and more.

“It’s important to our organization to pay tribute to Philadelphia’s rich history, culture and landmarks as frequently and authentically as we can,” Philadelphia 76ers President Chris Heck said. “In partnership with StubHub, we designed the City Edition jersey to celebrate the Liberty Bell, a Philadelphia icon that transcends time and brings to life a powerful symbol that unites us all. We look forward to enjoying many special moments with our fans wearing these uniforms throughout the remainder of the season.”

“To close out the incredibly successful ‘76ers Crossover: Art Exhibition, presented by Reebok’ we wanted to once again showcase the powerful blend of basketball and the arts,” Philadelphia 76ers Chief Marketing Officer Katie O’Reilly said. “We were inspired to bring the uniform unveiling to life through artistic storytelling, highlighted by live painting, spoken word poetry and photography of Josh Richardson – made even more special by connecting his off-the-court passion for music to this event.”

The 2019-20 City Edition uniform pays homage to the Liberty Bell, a historical Philadelphia landmark, which embodies Philadelphia’s resiliency. The parchment color uniform features blue “Philadelphia” cursive script and predominantly displays the crack in the Liberty Bell down the side of the uniform. On the front hem, the jersey features the embroidered phrase “Pass and Stow,” inscribed on the front of the Liberty Bell. The two names are derived from Philadelphia foundry workers, John Pass and John Stow, who recast the original bell in 1753.

The City Edition is the fifth uniform the 76ers will wear for this season, joining the Icon, Association, Classic and Statement. Philadelphia will debut the City Edition uniform on Saturday, Nov. 30 against the Indiana Pacers at its first of six “City Nights, presented by StubHub”:

CITY NIGHTS, PRESENTED BY STUBHUB:

Saturday, Nov. 30 vs. Indiana Pacers

Saturday, Dec. 7 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers

Saturday, Dec. 21 vs. Washington Wizards

Wednesday, Dec. 25 vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Saturday, March 14 vs. Indiana Pacers

Saturday, March 21 vs. Atlanta Hawks

Fans can purchase the jersey beginning Nov. 27 online at www.SixersShop.com and at in-arena stores.

“We are thrilled to once again team up with the 76ers to unveil another memorable jersey,” said Akshay Khanna, General Manager of the NBA at StubHub. “The City Edition uniform embraces the rich history of Philadelphia in a uniquely artistic way. StubHub is excited to continue our partnership with the 76ers organization and look forward to seeing the jersey debut later this month.”

The City Edition unveil capped off the inaugural 76ers Crossover: Art Exhibition, presented by Reebok. The four-day, free Exhibition featured more than 200 pieces of art by more than 100 artists from 11 different countries.

While the Art Exhibition has concluded, fans can continue bidding on the art displayed via the 76ers mobile app. The silent auction will run through Nov. 30 with a portion of the net proceeds going toward the Sixers Youth Foundation.

North Central retires jerseys for Whitens, Huskies’ Bilski

Three seasons ago, Jason Whitens and Dawson Bilski helped North Central win their third straight Class D state title in basketball.

On Monday, Whitens and Bilski became the fourth and fifth Jets to have their jerseys retired in front of a full crowd prior to North Central’s 65-53 win over Bark River-Harris.

The pair helped the Jets win three straight Class D state championships in 2015-17.

Whitens, a redshirt sophomore guard at Western Michigan, wore No. 30 and holds North Central school records in career points, rebounds, assists and steals. He went an incredible 108-1 as a varsity player. He scored 2,062 points, which ranks fifth all-time in the U.P. He is one of only 50 players in the state of Michigan to score 2,000 points.

Whitens was also named Class D Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, a four-time All-U.P. Dream Team selection and three-time Skyline Central Conference MVP.

“It’s great to just come back and reminisce,” said Whitens, a redshirt sophomore starting for Western Michigan. “Around this time of year with the holidays, it’s just good to be around family and friends. Getting to share tonight with (Bilski) was just really special.”

Bilski, a junior guard at Michigan Tech, wore No. 14 and scored 1,266 points in his career, earning all-state honors in 2016 and 2017. He holds school records for 3-pointers in a game (10), season (76), and career (182). He was also the MVP of the 2017 U.P. All-Star game.

“I want to thank all my teammates, because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have did everything that I did in my high school career,” said Bilski, a junior starter at Michigan Tech. “As a team, it’s just so awesome.. all those state titles. I’m just thankful to be able to see them.”

With each player having a busy college schedule, this is the first time in three years they were able to be home at the same time. The Jets also invited back members of their teams from 2013-17 to help celebrate their phenomenal 131-5 run that ended with three straight state titles. Their former coach, Adam Mercier, sent out a group text before the season to try bring them all back together.

“It feels awesome,” Bilski said. “You get that week off from basketball and school, and I get to come celebrate this night with my teammates and my family and my friends. It’s been an awesome night.”

As good as Whitens and Bilski were, the Jets could not have had as much success as they did without their supporting cast — something each player knows all too well.

“We couldn’t have done it without them. They were out there putting as much work and sweat in as us, and they really just boosted us and gave us the confidence to do what we do,” Whitens said. “It’s just great seeing all the guys again, having those memories come back and them attributing to what we’ve been able to accomplish as a whole together. It’s really special.”

Whitens and Bilski each refer to the other as a brother. During the jersey retirement, both talked about how much the other meant to their success.

“It was just great being able to do that with him, because every game since we were little, he was always there with me,” Whitens said. “So tonight just seemed perfect to have him out there by my side and kind of help me through it. It was just great to have him along for the ride.”

Bilski agreed.

“It was really fun, I enjoyed it. I got to retire my number with his number as well — and we’re brothers — so it was a great experience just to go out there,” he said. “I know if I would have been out there by myself it would have been really weird and I would have been really awkward, but having him out there made it a lot easier to talk.”

The Jets honored their state title teams at halftime and then watched their current team rally past Bark River-Harris to cap off what will go down as a really special night in North Central history.

“When you come back and enter this gym, everything just floods right back and everything just sets back in — seeing the guys, being with each other, spending time together — everything just kind of floods back,” Whitens said.

Thunder’s Steven Adams defends Chris Paul for jersey-tucking incident vs. Timberwolves

Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder recently responded to Chris Paul and the controversial delay of game call against the Minnesota Timberwolves that led to a miraculous Thunder win a few weeks ago:

For those of you that have forgotten, Chris Paul (the NBA’s ultimate snitch) brought an untucked jersey of the Timberwolves’ Jordan Bell to a referee’s attention, upon which the ref called a delay of game due to his jersey being untucked.

Because that was the second delay of game for the Wolves, the Thunder were allowed to shoot a technical free throw in order to cut their deficit to two. After a missed free throw, the Thunder got the ball, and Adams made a bonkers full-court pass to Dennis Schröder, who swiftly put up a layup, which went in and sent the game to overtime. The Thunder won the game by a final score of 139 to 127 in overtime – a period in which the Wolves were visibly shellshocked.

While OKC was widely expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA, they have surprisingly feisty and have a record of 14-14 as of this writing and are the current 7-seed in the West behind the continued great play of Paul, Adams, Schröder, Danilo Gallinari and second-year guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Adams’s opinions on the delay of game call are clear via this clip, and the 26-year-old Thunder veteran is putting up career-highs in rebounding this season with 9.6 rebounds per game unshackled from his boxing out for Russell Westbrook’s triple-double sprees. The six-year veteran is also putting up career-highs in blocks per game with 1.3.

San Diego State basketball to wear Chicago Bulls retro uniforms

The retro uniforms that SDSU will wear Sunday against San Jose State are modeled after the iconic design of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls.

Uniforms that Aztecs will wear vs San Jose State are modeled after Michael Jordan-era Bulls

After a four-year hiatus, red uniforms are back for the San Diego State men’s basketball team.

And not any, old red unis.

On Sunday against San Jose State, the Aztecs will wear red throwback jerseys and shorts that look suspiciously like the iconic uniforms of the Michael Jordan-era Chicago Bulls. That’s because they are.

SDSU’s basketball program switched from Nike to its Jordan Brand subsidiary last season, and part of the deal allows them to select modern or retro uniform designs. Matt Soria, the program’s longtime director of operations, decided to bring back red uniforms this season and suggested a Bulls replica to Jordan Brand since the Aztecs conveniently also wear red and black.

“As a guy who grew up in the ’90s,” Soria said, “and Michael Jordan was winning all those championships and the Bulls were the class of the NBA, I thought it would be cool to put our team in a uniform that so many of us grew up with and idolized.”

The primary differences are Aztecs instead of Bulls across the front and the logo inside a diamond on the shorts, which are longer than the “daisy duke” style of Jordan’s era. And no one on SDSU wears Jordan’s No. 23.

“They’re very similar to the Bulls uniform,” junior Matt Mitchell said. “I love them. I’m sure the entire team will love wearing them.”

The Aztecs wear white at home, and for 14 season they wore either all black or all red on the road. Soria retired the reds after the 2014-15 season amid grumbling from the players, who, being a superstitious lot, had deemed them bad luck.

The Aztecs actually had a better record over the previous five seasons in red (15-5, .750) than black (27-14, .659), but losses in red were memorably forgettable.

There was 68-62 at Wyoming when the Aztecs were ranked No. 5, and 77-60 at Colorado State — their most lopsided defeat in 91 games — when they were No. 13. They wore red when Arizona’s Nick Johnson blocked Chase Tapley’s last-second layup to preserve the Wildcats’ 68-67 win in the final of the 2012 Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. And also in the 49-36 loss at Washington that is the school’s lowest offensive output in 50 years of Division I basketball.

The last time they wore red, in February 2015, was also against San Jose State. They won 74-56, but not before trailing 22-17 against a team that would finish 0-18 in the Mountain West.

SDSU got special permission to wear darks at home on Sunday. The Spartans will wear their gold home uniforms.

For the rest of the season, the retro reds will become part of the road rotation with two versions of all-black uniforms — one with red and one with white numbers.

Senior KJ Feagin admits he prefers the black uniforms with red numbers but has an appreciation for the Bulls throwbacks given that his father is “a big, big, big fan” of Jordan’s wingman, Scottie Pippen.

“I’ve watched a lot of the old games,” Feagin said. “I watched a five-hour Jordan highlight video on YouTube one summer, and it completely changed my perspective on him as a player. I think he’s definitely the (greatest of all time) now after watching that tape. I have a lot of respect for his game.

“I still rock his Air Jordans to this day, and I wasn’t even born when he started playing. His impact on the game is remarkable.”

Injury update

Aguek Arop was scheduled for an MRI to evaluate the right shoulder he injured midway through the first half at Colorado State on Wednesday. Arop did not return to the game.

He didn’t practice Friday and is considered doubtful for Sunday. Freshman Keshad Johnson is the most likely candidate to get his minutes in the 10-man rotation.

Early game time

Sunday’s game will tip at noon, several hours earlier than originally scheduled and what appears on some tickets. That is partly for TV (the game will air locally on Fox Sports San Diego) and partly to allow San Jose State to catch a flight home Sunday night because final exams begin next week.

Finals begin Thursday at SDSU, which explains why the Aztecs don’t play again until Dec. 18 against NAIA San Diego Christian. The next Div. I game is Dec. 21 against Utah at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The next true road game is Jan. 4 at Utah State.

ALS initiative

The Mountain West announced that visiting coaching staffs will be encouraged to wear an ALS lapel pin during games at Viejas Arena. In addition, players from both teams will be invited to wear T-shirts with Mountain West and ALS logos during warmups.

The SDSU staff has been wearing the lapel pins for years in support of special assistant Mark Fisher, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.

Comprehensive NBA Basketball Jersey Buying Guide

Overview

Not all jerseys are made equal, and official basketball jerseys appear to feature some of the most limited usage. No sleeves and thin material makes for apparel that is great for the summer heat, but not much else. Plus, not everyone is a fan of the tank top style. Fortunately, basketball is generally an inside sport, so fans and players generally don’t have to worry about the outside elements when representing their teams.

While there are plenty of brands that make basketball jerseys, Adidas is the official jersey provider for the NBA. They reached an 11-year agreement with the league in 2006 and replaced Reebok as the official supplier of uniforms and apparel. Therefore, if the NBA jersey you are interested in is not made by Adidas, and is not a throwback or vintage jersey, it is best to steer clear.

While the basketball jersey has long featured the same basic design, a relatively new phenomenon is the short sleeve jersey. The Golden State Warriors were the first team to debut this new design in-game in 2013 . Despite covering more of the body, they are actually 26% lighter than the standard jerseys. Many questioned the logic behind this change, and part of the reason was related to getting more consumers to wear NBA jerseys and presenting more retail options. Although they were met with mixed reviews, Adidas plans to roll them out to as many as five teams in the upcoming season, including the Los Angeles Lakers. The image shown to the right is the Swingman version for Harrison Barnes.

Adidas Authentic Basketball Jerseys

Outside of game-worn or issued jerseys, which are very expensive and less likely to be worn by the buyer, authentic jerseys are the top option for fans to showcase their allegiances. Although they’re the most expensive, they’re also the highest quality retail option available.

Authentic NBA jerseys are made with 190-gram polyester and include ClimaCOOL® mesh material to help with sweat. While they are manufactured by Adidas, they do not have an Adidas logo on the upper-right front of the jersey like Swingman and replica jerseys do. The numbers and letters included on an authentic jersey are all stitched twill.

Other features of authentic NBA jerseys include an embroidered NBA logo on the upper-left front and an Adidas jock tag above the left hem.

Prices of authentic NBA jerseys usually run between $200 and $300. These are normally the preferred option for framed autographed jersey, due to their premium quality and appearance.

Another key thing to check is the sizing. Authentic jerseys generally come in the following numeric sizes:

  • Medium (44)
  • Large (48)
  • X-Large (52)
  • XX-Large (56)
  • XXX-Large (60)

However, it has become more common to see sizes that fall between the base sizes, such as 46, 50, 54 and 58.

*More authentic jersey images will be added when the 2013-14 jerseys are available.

Adidas Swingman Basketball Jerseys

Swingman jerseys are some of the most common NBA jerseys found in stores. They are a great option for fans who want a jersey that looks good but don’t want to drop big dollars. Costing around $80-130, these mid-priced jerseys offer the best overall value for fans to obtain realistic-looking jerseys for casual use.

Swingman jerseys are made of 100% polyester fabric and come in standard sizes, such as small, medium, large and several extra-large tiers. The team name, player name and numbers all feature sewn-on tackle twill. There are also Performance editions which are made of mesh and designed for more breathability, so the wearer stays cool.

Adidas Replica Basketball Jerseys

It is important to note that replica does not mean fake in the sense that most consumers would view it. Replica NBA jerseys from Adidas are still official jerseys, but they do not include the same quality as authentic or Swingman versions. While they feature good materials and construction, replica jerseys likely won’t last as long as authentic or Swingman jerseys. Like most things, you get what you pay for, and the price for replica jerseys generally falls between $45 and $85. This presents a great budget option for fans.

Made of 100% polyester fabric, the letters, logos, and numbers are screen printed, which is the main difference when compared to Swingman jerseys. The length of the jersey is more cut like a t-shirt as well. Just like the Swingman, replica jerseys showcase an embroidered Adidas logo on the upper-right front of the jersey, and have an embroidered NBA logo on the upper-left side. They also feature standard sizing.

Throwback/Hardwood Classics

Commonly referred to as throwbacks, vintage, retro or old school, Hardwood Classics jerseys offer consumers a trip down memory lane. These popular jerseys are designed to look like the jerseys worn by top players in specific previous seasons. Coming in authentic, Swingman and replica versions, various jerseys are made by Adidas, Reebox or Mitchell & Ness. Understandably, the biggest sellers are the biggest basketball stars. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are among the most popular jerseys.

While the vintage term is regularly used in regards to jerseys from Hardwood Classics, be aware that they are still re-makes. True vintage jerseys come from the actual years the jersey was featured and prices and supply can vary greatly.

Adidas Women’s Jersey

As many have realized, the standard men’s sizes do not work for everyone. Although youth sizes have been around for some time, a rapidly emerging market for sports apparel includes female fans. The result is official jerseys with a more flattering cut, designed specifically for women.

At this point, the women’s jerseys fall in the replica price range and quality. The main difference from the men’s version is a larger and more rounded neck, stretch side panels for a better fit and a more tapered cut.

How to Spot a Fake NBA Jersey

An unfortunate part of making almost any online purchase is the possibility for counterfeits. One easy way to combat this is to be knowledgeable about the product you are interested in purchasing. When talking about NBA jerseys, a few key areas can help you decide if the jersey you are looking at is real or fake.

The first thing to note is the price. No one is selling online to lose money. If it is too good to be true, then your expectations should be realistic. Prices should generally fall in line with the ranges listed above. The exceptions would be for players viewed as busts, traded players or when teams completely change their color scheme or team name.

The next thing to look at is the overall quality. The stitching should be tight and not frayed or feature poor craftsmanship. Also, the mesh should not have huge holes. One easy way to distinguish fakes is based on the logos, numbers and letters. When comparing official jerseys to fakes, the fonts are noticeably different. A good practice is to compare the jersey to images where you know the jersey is real. Lastly, don’t buy something where there is no guarantee. Good sellers stand behind their products and will make things right if you are not satisfied.

A lot of confusion arises due to the differences between authentic, Swingman and replica. Much of the time, knockoffs will be listed as authentic or Swingman versions. While it is usually very easy to identify a fake in-person, it can be tough to tell online. Don’t be afraid to ask for additional images if the listed images are not detailed enough or appear to be stock images. A good seller will have no issue sending those. It is also good to check their feedback for instances where they have been accused of selling fakes. Just because they have a few negative comments does not mean they are actively selling fakes. However, if their feedback is littered with negative comments questioning the legitimacy of the jerseys they sell, it might be good to look elsewhere. Unfortunately, many casual buyers do not realize they have purchased fakes so they would be unlikely to leave a negative response.

K-State releases alternate basketball uniforms

It’s not proven that the saying, “Look good, feel good, play good,” is true, but Kansas State is going to give it a go and see if it works on Saturday against Marquette.

Following a 76-58 victory over Florida A&M on Monday night, K-State released a video of alternate uniforms that the team will be wearing against the Golden Eagles. The jerseys are white, with “Wildcats” on the chest in cursive. The outside trim around the shoulders and neck area is lavender, followed by a darker purple.

The top and bottom parts of the white shorts follow the same color scheme, with an old Wildcat logo on the left knee. The alternate uniforms are a throwback to the uniforms K-State wore in the 1970s, including the 1976-77 season when K-State fell to eventual NCAA Champion Marquette in the quarterfinals of the midwest regional in Oklahoma City.

The all-white uniforms are to coincide with the white out for the fans are encouraged to participate in for the 8 p.m. tip against Marquette.

“You’ve got the new jerseys, throwbacks, look incredible,” head coach Brue Weber said after the game against Florida A&M. “I know everyone got excited about the script Cats with football. To me, this is even cooler. Hopefully, people are excited, it’ll be a great opportunity. And lavender shoes, I hope I get some of those.”

The game between the Wildcats and Golden Eagles will be a rematch of the battle between the two schools one year ago in Milwaukee that K-State lost, 83-71, despite being ranked No. 18 in the country at that time.

The upset of the Wildcats was a big story from the game, but even bigger was the outstanding day that Markus Howard had. K-State allowed Howard to drop 45 points on 11-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-10 from the outside. He also hit 19 free throws and grabbed two rebounds.

“We lost last year. We didn’t play well,” Mike McGuirl said. “This year, new team, new game. They’ve got different people, we’ve got a different group we’re relying on. We’re just going to listen to the coaches, listen to the game plan and we’re going to prepare for them the best we can.”

Howard returns to Bramlage for this matchup with some rather impressive outings already this year. He scored 38 against Loyola-Maryland, 40 against Davidson and 51 against USC last week. Howard is averaging 26 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Koby McEwen has also been big for the Golden Eagles so far this year, putting up 11.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this year. He also has had impressive games this year, putting up 23 points, five rebounds and four assists against Purdue, and 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists against Wisconsin.

Five New NBA Uniforms Leak, See Them All Here

Five more NBA leaks over the past twenty-four hours, pretty much all of which due to a jersey being put out for sale too early (which is a good indication that they’re coming out for reals shortly).

Let’s get right to it.

Working in “that’s awesome” order, the Denver Nuggets are going back to their rainbow skyline design, Tweeted out by @NuggetsWave:

It’s a black jersey with white trim around the collar. An updated skyline/mountain scene on the chest with the Nuggets modern wordmark below and player number above in white. The “rainbow” design behind the mountains in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple — a clear nod to the Nuggets old uniforms of the 1980s.

Next, the Milwaukee Bucks with a jersey which I look forward to wearing around the house someday soon:

“Cream City”, in addition to being what I wished was my high school nickname, is a name commonly used by the City of Milwaukee — it’s why the Bucks wear cream, it’s why the Brewers brand new home jersey is cream instead of white. It refers to the cream-coloured bricks used in a lot of architecture in the Milwaukee area.

The Detroit Pistons are carrying on with the “MOTOR CITY” jersey theme…

But at least this time the jersey is in their actual team colours of red, white, and blue. It follows the same design template as their previous MOTOR CITY jersey, which was blue and silver. Thanks to @BadBoysRemix for sharing this photo.

The Portland Trail Blazers are the third in our series of “BLANK CITY” jerseys to leak today, they’ll be wearing another “ripcity” design:

Portland has since officially unveiled their City Edition uniform (they did so while I was half-way through this post… rude).

From the Blazers: “Our design pays tribute to our franchise’s heritage with a retro mash-up of our team’s first two uniforms (70-71 & 71-75) along with some modern accents and vintage colouring.

Finally, the Boston Celtics, who we’d already seen leaked once before but at least now the jersey appears in the proper shade of green:

Chris Paul says refs ‘got me back’ with two delay of game calls against Thunder after untucked jersey fiasco

Sticking to the rules backfires on Paul and OKC just days after he swayed officials to call a delay of game penalty

During the Oklahoma City Thunder’s thrilling overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, Chris Paul made a savvy veteran move when he alerted officials of Jordan Bell’s untucked jersey as Bell was entering the game. The delay of game violation that the referees called resulted in a technical free throw and possession for the Thunder, which gave OKC the chance to tie the game and send it to OT.

It was a truly puzzling sequence of events, as that call is rarely ever seen in an NBA game. Oftentimes players tuck their jerseys in as they’re stepping onto the floor, which, yes, is a violation of the rule. However, referees typically just let it go. Except this time, when Paul called attention to it, referee Scott Foster blew his whistle and it became a huge advantage for the Thunder, and ultimately won them the game. Paul basked in his smart move after that game, saying, “Yeah, I told them his jersey was untucked. I know the rules.”

Unfortunately for Paul, the delay of game rule does apply to everyone, including his own team. Just two days after that win over Minnesota, Oklahoma City faced the Portland Trail Blazers, where in the second quarter, with the Thunder up 51-38, officials called a second delay of game penalty on the Thunder, which resulted in a technical free throw for the Blazers. The first of the two came in the first quarter, though head coach Billy Donovan said after the game that he’s unsure about the reasoning behind the first call. The second violation was called due to Thunder players, including Paul, stepping onto the court while wearing their warm-ups when checking into the game. During the whole ordeal, Paul could be heard over the broadcast, and he wasn’t too happy about it.

Paul can be heard in the clip above saying, “He’s trying to prove a f—— point, he’s trying to prove a point.” Followed by, “You’re going to be on SportsCenter tonight, good job.”

After the game, Paul found humor in the situation, saying the officials “got me back,” with the two OKC delay of game violations. When asked if he thought that those calls stemmed from what he did during the Minnesota game, Paul tilted his head to the side and said, “what you think?”

“The second one, the explanation was they stepped on the floor with their sweats on,” Donovan said. “I didn’t see it. … As they were stepping on the court they were taking their sweats off. That’s what was said, but I’m going to see. I don’t want to say yes or no, I just want to see. Because I hadn’t had a chance really to see it.”

“He got me, I learned something too, that you can’t have your shooting shirt and your pants on when you’re checking in,” Paul said. “You learn something new, but we won so we’re cool.”

The call didn’t have nearly as much impact as it did during the Minnesota game, and despite the referees sticking it to Paul and the Thunder two days later, it is a smart tactic to use in a close-game situation. Going forward, though, Paul will probably make sure that his team doesn’t give officials the chance to retaliate against him with frivolous violations like that.

Red is the new purple: Sacramento Kings unveil new city jerseys for 2019-2020 season

For the first time in franchise history, the color red will be the dominant color on a Kings uniform for the City Edition jerseys, which the team unveiled Tuesday.

Sacramento Kings fans will be seeing red this season as a dramatic color change will be noticed on the 2019-2020 Nike City Edition uniforms.

For the first time in franchise history, the color red will be the dominant color on a Kings uniform for the City Edition jerseys, which were unveiled by the team on Tuesday morning.

In addition to red as the primary color, this season’s city uniforms also feature baby blue, white and gray. The new red threads will be worn by the Kings during seven home games beginning Saturday, Nov. 30 when Sacramento hosts the Denver Nuggets at Golden 1 Center.

Earlier this season, the Kings brought back the classic royal blue jerseys for select games, complete with a matching retro court to commemorate 35 years of the NBA in the Capital City. The team will continue to play on the classic royal blue court when donning the red uniform.

The Sacramento Kings have unveiled its City Edition jerseys for the 2019-20 season.

The Sacramento Kings have unveiled its City Edition jerseys for the 2019-20 season.

The Sacramento Kings have unveiled its City Edition jerseys for the 2019-20 season.

The Sacramento Kings have unveiled its City Edition jerseys for the 2019-20 season.

The Sacramento Kings have unveiled its City Edition jerseys for the 2019-20 season.

The Sacramento Kings have unveiled its City Edition jerseys for the 2019-20 season.

The new City Edition jerseys replicate last season’s design with “Sactown” across the chest with the player’s number displayed below, but were adorned with powder blue as the primary color scheme.

“The City Edition uniforms were made to represent the Proud Past and Proud Future of our Kings here in Sacramento,” said Sacramento Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart. “With red as the primary color, they represent that passion and energy that has echoed through our arena and helps celebrate the team’s 35th year in Sactown.”

The Kings are undefeated in their classic royal blue colorway, earning their fifth win of the season with Tuesday’s 120-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

The red City Edition merchandise will go on sale at the Sacramento Kings’ team store beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Timberwolves’ new jerseys tailored by two citie

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, left, and St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter sport the Timberwolves’ new City edition jerseys. The jerseys, unveiled Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Target Center, honor the two Twin Cities.

The Timberwolves say they’re the only team in the NBA that can call two cities “home.” In celebration of that fact, the Wolves will wear the Twin Cities across their chests nine times this season.

Minnesota unveiled its 2019-20 City Edition jerseys on Wednesday. They’re “element” blue, according to the Timberwolves, although it looks identical to the blue the old Minneapolis Lakers sported. “MSP” — representing Minneapolis and St. Paul — is printed across the chest in a white font, with a white stripe running down the side of the jersey that represents the Mississippi River. On the waist is a logo that features the city’s boundaries signed with the phrase “The Cities.”

Minnesota unveiled its 2019-20 City Edition jerseys on Wednesday. They’re “element” blue, according to the Timberwolves, although it looks identical to the blue the old Minneapolis Lakers sported. “MSP” — representing Minneapolis and St. Paul — is printed across the chest in a white font, with a white stripe running down the side of the jersey that represents the Mississippi River. On the waist is a logo that features the city’s boundaries signed with the phrase “The Cities.”

“They’re amazing,” center Karl-Anthony Towns said. “I think they’re real sleek and clean. I think they’re really sick. I said on Twitter, these jerseys are fire.”

Just as important as the look is the meaning. The jerseys, Wolves’ chief executive officer Ethan Casson said, celebrate “the diversity in both neighborhoods that make the Twin Cities thrive, the great Mississippi River, physically that divides us, but ultimately unites us and all of our communities.”

On hand for Thursday’s unveiling were St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter and Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey. Each embraced the idea of the cities being united. Frey called it “coopertition,” meaning the cities do compete, but also join forces.

Minnesota unveiled its 2019-20 City Edition jerseys on Wednesday. “MSP” — representing Minneapolis and St. Paul — is printed across the chest in a white font, with a white stripe running down the side of the jersey that represents the Mississippi River. On the waist is a logo that features the city’s boundaries signed with the phrase “The Cities.” “When you’re rallying around a common cause, whether that common cause is business or affordable housing or economic inclusion, the truth is you can get a whole lot done if you push each other to excel,” Frey said. “We talk about a river dividing us, and maybe for generations that had been the case, that is not the case now. And the Timberwolves, they are so emblematic of that. They have been working around common causes in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.”

The Timberwolves may play and practice almost exclusively in Minneapolis, but their outreach efforts span the state. Both mayors shared stories of how the Timberwolves have made positive impacts on their communities.

Carter said the Timberwolves are the home team in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the greater metropolitan area.

“We’re proud of this team, and we’re excited for this team to claim us all, as well,” Carter said. “They’re more than just a team that we see on TV.”

The Timberwolves will debut the special jerseys at home Friday, Dec. 13, against the Los Angeles Clippers, but at Wednesday’s unveiling, Carter was already pitching an idea for a future design.

“I want to make a plug for an ‘SPM’ jersey,” Carter joked. “But, we’ll be excited about this one.”