It will have been a full two month wait, but the new Oklahoma City NBA franchise is set to announce its team name, colors and logos on Wednesday, Sept. 3, the team announced today.
The name, colors and logo will first appear on the team’s Web site, www.nba.com/oklahomacity, at 5 p.m. central time next Wednesday. The team also will hold a simultaneous unveiling event at the franchise’s headquarters at Leadership Square in downtown Oklahoma City.
The uniform designs will not be released next week.
Following the event, new team merchandise will be on sale immediately in the team’s store on the building’s ground floor. It will be the only retail location fans can purchase merchandise next Wednesday.
I think we’ll all be shocked if the name is anything but Thunder at this point. Mike Baldwin will have more details in Thursday’s editions of The Oklahoman and on-line at NewsOK.com.
In other news, OKC forward Nick Collison talks about the relocation and his feelings about leaving Seattle, where he has played for his entire career and will continue living in the off-season. You can read his thoughts here.
Also, I’ve wanted to weigh in on the Dream Team vs. Redeem Team argument since Sunday but honestly don’t have much thought-provoking analysis to contribute. Simply put, the Dream Team, in my opinion, is hands down better than the Redeem Team. But I was just a young fan who idolized those guys back in ’92. So since I can’t go beyond that, I’ll leave you with a more thorough analysis from SI.com’s Jack McCallum, who actually covered the Dream Team rather than simply gush over its stars.