Emphasis on Timber
September 14, 2008 | Kevin Zdancewicz

 New Timberwolves Jersey

This week’s featured jersey is in honor of the upcoming start to the NBA season. The Minnesota Timberwolves were one of a few teams to unveil new uniforms this year (others below). Minnesota loves to play up the timber aspect of its name and identity, as you can see if you look closely to the collar and waistband of their previous uniforms. While its incorporation of trees into the uniform in the past was somewhat subtly done, there is nothing subtle about the trees in the new uni scheme. In fact, you couldn’t miss the timber motif in these jerseys if you tried. Maybe limiting the use of the tree design to only the bottom of the shorts would look better, but right now the recurrence of trees on the jersey and shorts is just a bit overwhelming.

My initial reaction when I saw these a few weeks ago was that they looked like a WNBA design. (An aside: WNBA uniforms are a mess with a terrible league-wide template – something that I wrote a column about in another publication when it was rumored that the NHL was doing the same thing). The strange collars (zoom in on that photo) are especially reminiscent of ones used in the WNBA template and trying to do too much with the jersey side panel – almost like viewing the uni as a canvas, but getting paid by how much paint you use – is right up the WNBA’s alley.

I don’t want to turn this into an NBA new-uniform preview column, but in the interest of fair coverage and to inform those unaware, the other teams with new looks this year are the Orlando Magic, the New Orleans Hornets, and the team that was stolen from Seattle.

Photo Courtesy of flickr.com

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