Three days after word began to circulate about the San Antonio Spurs' "new camo-style alternate uniforms", the team officially unveiled them on Thursday, giving fans their first look at the "green, olive and sand-colored camouflage" jerseys and shorts that the reigning Western Conference champions will wear this season. Take a look at them on wings Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who are apparently the Spurs' clothing models of choice for this sort of thing:
O ... K. (There are more photos on the Spurs' site, if this doesn't give you enough of a gist.)
The new unis will make their first appearance on Wednesday, Nov. 13, when the Spurs welcome the Washington Wizards to the AT&T Center. The Spurs will only wear the alternates one other time in the 2013-14 season — Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, for a "Military Appreciation Night" contest against the the Charlotte Bobcats. I heard Pharrell just bought floor seats for both games.
Here's more on the inspiration for the unis, from the team's announcement:
The Spurs created the camouflage-patterned uniforms to honor and showcase the team’s pride in the city affectionately nicknamed “Military City U.S.A.” San Antonio is home to Joint Base San Antonio, a military installation that includes the Army’s Fort Sam Houston, Randolph Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base. It is estimated that more than 300,000 active and retired military and government workers call San Antonio home.
“Playing in San Antonio, we’re constantly reminded of the selflessness and courage of those that serve,” said Spurs guard Danny Green. “We owe them a debt of gratitude and it is an honor to recognize and show support to all active and retired military members.”
(It's also worth noting that the Spurs once employed famed naval officer David Robinson, and that head coach Gregg Popovich is a product of the Air Force Academy; their military ties run deeper than most.)
An honor, sure, but maybe not necessarily one the players who'll actually be wearing the uniforms love unconditionally:
Kawhi Leonard on new Spurs alternate jerseys with camo look: "Nah, they could have did a better job."
— Mike Monroe (@Monroe_SA) October 21, 2013
(I feel you, Kawhi.)
This particular form of recognition follows in the footsteps of the Toronto Raptors, who debuted Canadian-military-saluting camouflage uniforms in a March 2012 contest against the Chicago Bulls. They lost that game, allowing headline writers to have something of a field day. Here's hoping the Spurs experience better luck with their gear; with the Wiz and 'Cats coming into town on those particular nights, we suspect they might.
The matchup with the Wizards will kick off a series of "USAA Salute Night games" hosted by the Spurs, for which the USAA will offering up to a 40 percent discount on tickets to active military and veterans, which is decent.
If you're super into the camo kits, you'll be able to bid on the game-worn gear in post-game auctions, which proceeds from the sale going to the Spurs' Silver & Black Give Back youth programs. If olive and sand are your colors, but you prefer your tank tops unsweaty, you can scoop 'em at the Spurs Fan Shop and NBAStore.com on Nov. 13.
So what's the verdict, brethren — are you setting a calendar alert for Nov. 13 to remind you to log on and cop the camo strip, or are you going to (respectfully, while acknowledging that it's nice to honor those who serve) give this one a big ol' miss? Let us know in the comments. While you do that, I'll be over here giving thanks that these don't have sleeves.
Hat-tip to Sportando.
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