Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert had some fun with fans late Thursday night, tweeting out a picture of three—and let’s not mince words here—absolutely horrific alternate team jerseys and hinting that one of them would become a regular in the Cavs’ uniform rotation. Look at these things. They should all be burned immediately.
Fortunately, the jerseys were a hoax. Gilbert later tweeted out a photo of the real alternate uni’s that the Cavs will wear this season, modeled by Mo Williams, Richard Jefferson and Iman Shumpert.
Two of the three were worn by the Cavs during LeBron’s first stint in Cleveland and will make a triumphant return. The “Miracle of Richmond” throwback, worn by Shumpert, harkens back to the days of Austin Carr and Bingo Smith, while the predominantly wine jersey with white lettering and gold accents, worn by Williams, was sported by the team in 2010, when it was called the CavFanatic.
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New this season is the Cavs first sleeved jersey, modeled by Jefferson. Featuring a dark blue base with an oversized wine-colored “C” logo outlined in gold, it’s not so bad as sleeved jerseys go.
All in all, we’re thankful the team will be wearing anything but those fashion atrocities originally tweeted by Gilbert. Was there method in his madness?