The day is finally here! The Portland Trail Blazers will finally wear their new "Spirit of Oregon" jersey.
The uniform, made to honor the entire state of Oregon, was released to the public back on October 29th, 2020, but the team has yet to wear them on the court.
That will change on Thursday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The uniforms are like nothing the Trail Blazers have ever worn on the court before. The jersey features Oregon scrolled across the chest of a black/brown base layer, and a multi-colored pattern that runs from the shoulder down to the end of the shorts.
According to the Trail Blazers website, the multi-colored pattern is a "vibrant color pallet selected to symbolize the majestic scenery throughout the region."
- 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.
- The orange represents the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.
The Nike logo on the jersey is "depicted in its original orange pallet symbolizing the local company's long-standing roots in Oregon," and the "Oregon" script across the chest mimics the iconic font from "the recognizable sign that continues to shine in Old Town Portland."
The uniform also features a special waistband logo depicting the state of Oregon with six blue triangles inside of it. According to the Blazers, the "Culturally symbolic triangle shapes represent the importance of home and family of our tribal nations."
All of this layered over a topography design, a subtle touch used to depict the "rugged terrain" of the state.
According to the Trail Blazers schedule, which shows what uniforms they will wear each game, the Blazers will wear the "Spirit of Oregon" jersey three more times during the first half of the season:
- Sunday, February 14th vs Dallas. Monday.
- February 22nd vs Phoenix.
- Wednesday, March 3rd vs Golden State.
The Trail Blazers and Biofreeze 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."
You can find more information on the "Spirit of Oregon" jersey here.