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Houston Rockets honor past with new City Jersey

It doesn’t just honor the Rockets dark blue era.

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All 30 NBA teams released its newest jersey in their respective collections, the ever-so popular City Edition jerseys.

The tradition began in 2017-18 season and usually represents the culture of the respective city or part of the team’s past.

In the first two years of the City Edition era, the Houston Rockets honored the city’s connection to the Chinese fanbase both in Houston and abroad.

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Then, in 2019-20, the team shifted its focus to honor the city’s connection with NASA and space exploration.

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Last season, the team went in another dramatic direction, offering the first “Luv Ya Blue” jerseys in franchise history to honor the NFL’s Houston Oilers, who played in the city from 1960-96.

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This year, as part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary, each city jersey is honoring part of each team’s past. For the Rockets, several eras are represented in the team’s newest City Jersey.

The font comes from the Clutch City era from 1972-95, when the team won its two championships in the mid-1990s. The team’s logo during those championship years is embroidered in the middle of the shorts. The primary dark blue color comes from 1995-03 era, that saw the team bring in Steve Francis and Yao Ming as part of a new era. Then, the Rockets primary logo from 2003-19 is seen on each side of the shorts.

In some ways, it feels like a whole bunch of ideas thrown onto a canvas, but the uniform still looks incredibly sharp and honors parts of the last 50 years of the Rockets franchise.

What do y’all think of the newest City Jersey, Red Nation? Chime off in the comment section below!