Charlotte Hornets reveal futuristic new uniforms for 2014-15 season
JUN 19, 2014 11:16a ET
The Charlotte Hornets completed the final stage of their nickname conversion/color-scheme overhaul on Thursday, unveiling the new uniforms for the 2014-15 season.
Three separate primary uniforms were released to the media -- one white, one teal, one dark purple -- with none invoking the popular pinstripes look of the late 1980s/early 1990s, when the first incarnation of the Hornets (now the New Orleans Pelicans) took the city of Charlotte by storm.
Instead, the new uniforms fancy a more futuristic design, boldly emphasizing the "HORNETS" name emblazoned on the front and the corresponding numbers for each jersey (below).
"It was important for us that our new uniforms reflect the heritage and history of the original Hornets both visually and philosophically, while also having aspects of the evolution to a new brand," Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield said in a statement.
"We wanted a look that was sharp and precise, echoing the attributes of our team. We are elated to unveil our new look to our fans and hope they are as excited by the uniforms as we are."
Instead of pinstripes, two vertical lines -- alternating white, teal and dark purple -- will run down both sides of the jerseys, contrasting off the primary colors for each uniform.
For example, the home whites will have thick teal and dark purple lines down the sides; and the teal uniforms -- presumably the Hornets' primary duds for road games -- feature thick white and dark-purple stripes down the sides.
The shorts match the top color scheme for all three uniforms. Down the side, each uniform shares the "Queen City" logo, honoring the city of Charlotte's universal moniker.
All-Star center Al Jefferson, the franchise linchpin in the paint, gave a major thumbs-up to the futuristic new look.
"I think that it's perfect timing for the new uniforms to come out," All-Star forward Al Jefferson said.
Guard Kemba Walker was similarly enthralled with how the new uniforms connect with the Hornets' old heritage.
"I'm excited. There's a lot of history there," said Walker at the team's unveiling video. "(The Hornets) have won a lot. They've done some great things in this city, so for us to be taking on that legacy again? I'm excited. I wouldn't want to do it with another group of guys. So, I mean, I'm ready."