On Thursday, I saw that Michael D. Sykes of For The Win, (and who wrote on this site in the past), suggested that D.C. teams, including the Washington Wizards stop using the American flag on their uniforms. He was originally critical of the City Edition gray (officially silver) jerseys the Wizards will wear later this season.
No more American flags on DC jerseys. Please. https://t.co/oH2U0Bw6Gb— Michael Sykes, II (@MikeDSykes) December 10, 2020
To be honest, I’m not a fan of the City Edition jerseys this season. Mainly because of the gray color. Or maybe it’s a tribute to Georgetown University, Ted Leonsis’ alma mater. Gray is one of Georgetown’s colors, along with blue, which is more or less navy.
Anyway, Troy Haliburton, whose work can be found in The Washington City Paper and other outlets, suggested that the Wizards sport a cherry blossom-themed jersey.
Black Samurai Rui in Cherry Blossom City jerseys is the only way out of this constant obsession with American flag jerseys.— Troy Haliburton (+/-) (@TroyHalibur) December 10, 2020
And we even saw a prototype soon after.
I even threw my two cents.
We are making all kinds of creative process in 1 hour. This NEEDS to happen.— Troy Haliburton (+/-) (@TroyHalibur) December 10, 2020
I think it’s overdue for a Cherry Blossom-themed jersey by some team in D.C. There is an annual festival every March. And since Rui Hachimura is coincidentally Japanese, it wouldn’t hurt to see a jersey in Japanese writing.
It would not be unprecedented for the Wizards were to wear a jersey in a language other than English. They have worn “Los Wizards” jerseys on Latin nights and a jersey in Chinese characters during Lunar New Year in recent seasons.
What elements would you like to see in a new Wizards alternate jersey for the future? Let us know in the comments below!