Washington Wizards New Uniforms: A Quick History of Wizards Unis

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2011

Washington Wizards New Uniforms: A Quick History of Wizards Unis

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    The Washington Wizards, formerly known as the Washington Bullets and Baltimore Bullets, have sported some very interesting uniforms over the years.

    As their 2010-2011 season is already over, they are looking forward to the new year with optimism.

    The history of the franchise has seen some of the NBA's best wear a number of different uniforms and now with John Wall on board they plan on making a change for 2011.

    Here is a brief look at the Wizards/Bullets uniforms of the past and the new jersey for 2011-2012.

1967 Baltimore Bullets: Earl "The Pearl" Monroe

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    Here is a look at Earl "the Pearl" Monroe as a rookie on the Baltimore Bullets.

    The Bullets weren't very good at the time, but Monroe changed all that quickly helping them to into the postseason for four straight years with one Finals appearance.

    Monroe left the after the 1971-1972 season.

    A few short years later, the Bullets would be on the move.

    This is easily the most bland jersey of the franchises' history.

1978 Washington Bullets: Wes Unseld

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    After a brief one-year stint as the Capital Bullets, they officially become the Washington Bullets in 1974.

    Here is big man Wes Unseld in 1978, the year the Bullets won their only NBA Championship.

    These are easily my favorite uniforms for this franchise.

    Classic red, white and blue with a great emphasis on being in the capital.

    These will always be hard to top.

1998 Washington Wizards: Chris Webber

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    In 1997, the Washington franchise officially changed their name to the Washington Wizards, a less violent nickname to say the least, although wizards can be quite dangerous too if you happen to cross paths with one.

    Here they leave the red, white and blue and adopt a teal color that we of the younger generation have become so accustomed to seeing.

    The Wizards would not make the postseason for the first seven years into their name change.

    Maybe the "Bullets" were better after all.

2003 Washington Wizards: Michael Jordan Throwback

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    During a two-season stint at the start of the new millennium, the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, decided to try and make his second comeback.

    The Wizards weren't very good, but they tried to spark some of the 1978 championship magic by wearing throwbacks.

    Coach-at-the-time Doug Collins and MJ only last two years together for two years with Wizards.

    While I loved seeing the retro jerseys come back, it didn't help much that Kwame Brown was on the team.

2006 Washington Wizards: Gilbert Arenas Road-Alternates

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    Yea, remember these things?

    Only a few short years ago, the Wizards unveiled this bright gold road-alternate uniform with Gilbert Arenas.

    It didn't last too long either as they retired it 2009.

    Knowing the history of the Wizards so far, we shouldn't be shocked if it makes a comeback some time soon.

2010-2011 Washington Wizards: John Wall

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18:  John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards and the Rookie Team holds up the MVP trophy after the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam at Staples Center on February 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/G
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    And this brings us back to John Wall in an updated version of the original Wizards garb.

    You can actually notice the difference in the fabric of the jersey shown here.

    Adidas made these uniforms and they did look a bit better overall, but it didn't help the young team too much.

2011-2012 Washington Wizards: New Uniforms

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    And in what is a very smart decision, the Wizards went back in time with an alteration of the classic Bullets jersey.

    The red, white and blue design looks fantastic.

    With "Wizards" written on the front of the white home jerseys and "Washington" written on the front of the road reds, Washington will certainly boost some jersey sales with this decision.

    The Wizards want to "get back to those championship ways" and turning to this jersey with two more first round picks coming, along with John Wall, should be a good start.

    As they say, "You look good, you feel good. You feel good, you play good. You play good, you are good."

    Now at least they look good.

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