The NBA revealed recently that teams that have won championships can add gold patches on their jerseys. Every championship-winning franchise in the league will wear the patches next season, except the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"We have several teams who have a lineage that exists prior to the city that they’re in," Christopher Arena, the NBA's vice president of outfitting, identity and equipment, told The Oklahoman. "Some teams embrace that past, some teams don’t. Whether it’s because of ownership changes or perhaps the lineage is too great of a distance or the team nickname changed or whatever it may be, that’s their decision.”
The patches will go on the back collar of the jersey and reflect the number of championships the franchise has won.
The Kings and Hawks, who both won championships in different cities, will wear the patches.
The Thunder moved to OKC from Seattle in 2008 and have won four straight division titles. They won the Western Conference in 2012 but lost to the Heat in the Finals.
- Dan Gartland