Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to talk about how incredibly dope these new Minnesota Timberwolves jerseys are! Inspired by our town’s dearly-departed musical legend Prince, these jerseys were designed by Nike with direct input from the Purple One’s estate, and can be seen on the court for the first time on 11/16 when the Wolves take on the Portland Trailblazers.
“The sky was all purple, there were people runnin' everywhere…”
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 1, 2018
These special edition jerseys are Nike’s official “City” design for Minnesota, with an eye for finding local inspiration and tying it back to each city’s basketball team. In the Wolves’ case, these Prince jerseys were an absolute no-brainer, as Prince himself was nice with the rock despite barely clearing the 5 foot mark. Prince was a regular attendee to Timberwolves games during the Kevin Garnett era, and was also a vocal supporter of Minnesota’s dynastic WNBA champs, the Lynx. He even invited the Lynx to a three-hour private concert at Paisley Park after their third title win.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe has a little bit more info about the usage of the jersey below:
The Wolves will wear the jerseys eight times this season, five at home. The in-arena trappings at those home games — giveaway shirts, signage, lighting — will turn purple. Tom Thibodeau, the team’s coach and general manager, even let team officials take the players for a separate day of shooting to prepare a special Prince- and purple-themed pregame video that will run on the scoreboard — not a small concession if you know Thibodeau. The team thought about producing a purple court, but opted against it, officials say.
As yet unannounced halftime performers will pay tribute to Prince, and the broader Minneapolis music scene, team officials say. The team will present donations to some of Prince’s favorite charities.
Sounds like one heck of a party. Let’s go crazy, PUNCH A HIGHER FLOOR!