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Timberwolves show off new Prince-themed uniforms

City Edition one of six uniforms for the Wolves this season

November 02, 2018 - 8:36 am

Walking into Paisley Park in Chanhassen Thursday morning, the room was dimly lit, with a Prince symbol projected onto the wall, and a covered glass case on the stage.

The Minnesota Timberwolves CEO stepped on state and invited members of Prince's family to release the curtain, showing off the new edition uniform, "It's cool," said Omarr Baker, a relative said after the unveiling. "If Prince were here, he would have though it was cool."  

The family said that from a young age,  Prince enjoyed basketball, as both a player and a fan. From his days playing at Bryant Junior High and Central High in South Minneapolis, through countless pick-up games while on the road with band mates around the world, he enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of the game. 

He also was a huge fan of both the Wolves and the Lynx, and invited the Lynx to come celebrate at Paisley Park after their last championship.

The Timberwolves organization said the announcement is about much more than a jersey unveil. 

It represents the launch of a platform that has been created after many hours of sustainable collaboration with the Prince Estate that will celebrate the legacy of the Minneapolis sound. 

Most elements of the Timberwolves experience will be impacted at moments throughout the season – including but not limited to game experience, digital content, digital platforms, events and promotions. 

The Timberwolves will also recognize and donate to non-profit organizations that advance causes important to Prince and that are actively involved in continuing his legacy.

The actual jersey design incorporates multiple references to the legacy of Prince. 

The left vent on the jersey bears a paisley leaf in tribute to Prince’s creative sanctuary – Paisley Park. The right shoulder pattern honors the iconic jacket Prince wore when performing “Purple Rain”. 

The “MPLS” on the left leg symbolizes the well-known Minneapolis Sound that Prince ushered in during the late 1970s.

The Timberwolves partial logos on the right leg and on the belt buckle are in tonal purple – the regal color most closely associated with Prince. Tying it all together is the distinctive font, which is reminiscent of the 1980s Prince era.

The team is scheduled to wear the City Edition uniforms eight times during the regular season. 

In addition to November 16, the Wolves will sport the uniforms for home games on January 11 vs. Dallas, February 13 vs. Houston, March 19 vs. Golden State and April 5 vs. Miami. The team will also wear the uniforms January 24 at Los Angeles Lakers, March 12 at Denver and March 14 at Utah.

Team CEO Ethan Casson said the players were excited," I have to tell you, not only was there one hundred percent buy-in," Casson said. "But they were asking throughout the summer and throughout training camp, what are the things we can do to really celebrate this legacy."

The City Edition is the fifth of six jerseys the Wolves will wear this season, joining the white Association Edition, navy Icon Edition and green Statement Edition that were worn last season, and the black Classic Edition that was unveiled last August.