Oklahoma City Thunder will not recognize Seattle SuperSonics' title on jerseys

By: Cody Stavenhagen, News OK
July 21, 2014 Updated: July 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm
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The Thunder will not wear the small gold mark on the back of its jersey to honor the 1979 Seattle SuperSonics' 1979 NBA Championship. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

It’s no surprise, but the Oklahoma City Thunder is making a firm stand in establishing an independent identity.

Christopher Arena — the NBA’s vice president of outfitting, identity and equipment — told The Oklahoman in a phone interview Monday the Thunder will not honor the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 NBA title with the league’s new championship tags.

Beginning in 2014-15, the NBA and Adidas will add small gold mark on the back jersey collar of teams that have won an NBA championship. The mark features a depiction of the Larry O’Brien Trophy along with a notation indicating how many times the franchise has won the NBA Finals.

Last week, a leaked PDF of an Adidas catalog showed Thunder jerseys appearing without the tag, but the organization has yet to confirm or deny the decision.

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