The NBA is tweaking its jerseys next season to reflect titles won in a franchise’s history.
A gold tag on the center of the collar on the back of each jersey will represent a title-winning team. If a franchise has won multiple titles, it’s indicated on the tag (ex. the Detroit Pistons have three titles in their history = 3x, as seen in the photo above).
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) July 15, 2014
The Oklahoma City Thunder does not have a title to its name, but the Seattle SuperSonics won the NBA Championship in 1979. Would it be right for the Thunder to have a gold “mark” on the back of its jersey to symbolize that title?
I can’t imagine Seattle fans would be too happy about it.
UPDATE (5 p.m.): Jersey designer Conrad Burry said via Twitter he could confirm that the Thunder would NOT use the gold tag on the back of its jersey. These questions still remain for me, however: Should teams have the choice whether or not they will or won't wear the gold tag? Or tags for titles no matter what? For example, the Atlanta Hawks will reportedly have their tag to represent their 1958 NBA title won as the St. Louis Hawks. Is it a decision from the teams personally to go with the tag or not, or is it the NBA's call?
More to come.