By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Two weeks ago, Sam Presti revealed that Oklahoma City would bust out its first ever alternate jersey at some point this season. Since then, Thunder fans have been itching for a glimpse of the new look.
And thanks to the ever-expanding digital age (and the above leaked photo from NBA 2K13), OKC faithful may have received their wish before the first preseason game has even tipped off. And we may have our first case of a video game breaking news.
Is the picture reliable? That remains to be seen. It’s hard to not be at least a bit skeptical when they can’t even spell Thunder correct (from now on, I vote we call bad OKC performances “Thudners”).
But there’s many people more connected than me (in the digital and NBA world) who seem to think these are the actual alternates.
The jersey’s a throwback look, with the ABA-style stripe logo down the side, as modeled by Digital Durant. It’s a darker shade of navy blue, as opposed to the team’s typical road jersey, and doesn’t provide the wow factor many believed it would.
Initial reaction over the interwebs seem to be relative disappointment at the ‘bland’ gear. But most Thunder fans are probably grateful they didn’t go all Maryland football and hit the other extreme.
But the NBA’s other alternate, debuting at the Nuggets’ media day, is a riskier look more along the lines of what people were hoping for. OKC fans, especially those with Oklahoma State ties, were hoping for an orange option to rival Denver’s yellow. But I’m not sure Clay Bennett (on OU’s Board of Regents) would approve.
Also, NBA 2K13 revealed its ‘Winter Court’ jerseys, which many say teams will be wearing on Christmas Day. This is what the Thunder are rumored to be wearing in Miami on Dec. 25.
Ok, enough jersey news. Actual basketball starts tonight, with the Thunder playing Houston in Hidalgo, Texas to open the preseason. Darnell Mayberry will have the coverage.