Channing Frye is not a fan of the Blazers new jerseys

Chris Burkhardt
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Channing Frye is not a fan of the Blazers new jerseys originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Trail Blazers debuted a new look for 2020-21 season on Thursday and the design is unique, to say the least.

From the Oregon script across the chest to the multi-colored outline down the side, the uniform is like nothing the Blazers have ever worn before. 

The look is certainly polarizing, and Talkin' Blazers host Channing Frye is not a fan.

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I think they're poopy. I don't like them. The Oregon thing, I would've just went with that. Maybe made the skyline on the shorts. Less is more to me, especially when the Oregon sign is such a big thing.

Channing Frye on the City Edition uniforms

Frye's biggest hang-up: The color palette. 

"I've lived in Oregon for 14 years, and for the most part other than if you go to Brasada Ranch or Bend, you don't see that skyline. You'll see clouds. You'll see, like, green trees."

So, Frye doesn't like the color scheme because you never see it in Oregon? 

If he read the press release, he would have seen that those colors were chosen for very special reasons. 

According to the Trail Blazers website, the vibrant colors were selected "to symbolize the majestic scenery throughout the region."

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The red represents the tulip farms in Woodburn. The lighter blue represents downtown Portland. The darker blue represents Crater Lake. The gold represents Cannon Beach. And the orange represents the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.

Each color represents a special part of the state as a whole. 

Don't let the "city edition" name fool you. The jersey is not about Portland individually, but Oregon as a whole. 

The uniform also features a waistband logo that depicts Oregon with six blue triangles inside it. According to the Blazers, the "Culturally symbolic triangle shapes represent the importance of home and family of our tribal nations."

To honor the tribal nations of the region, Biofreeze and the Trail Blazers will donate a portion of the proceeds from jersey sales to the Native American Youth and Family Center, "a Portland-area nonprofit working to enhance the diverse strengths of native youth and families through cultural identity and education."

The colors may not be the traditional red, black, and white, but that is not a bad thing. 

The Blazers took a path they have never taken before to honor the great heritage of the region and all the little parts of the state that Portland calls home. 

Channing may not be, but consider me a fan.