It turns out a blockbuster trade wasn’t the only announcement the Rockets had to make Wednesday night.
In an odd bit of timing, the team also announced its 2020-21 “City Uniforms” shortly after the news broke of Russell Westbrook’s trade to the Wizards for John Wall and a first-round draft pick.
The Rockets’ new alternate uniforms feature a color similar to one not prominently displayed in Houston since 1996, when the Oilers played their last season in the Bayou City wearing their iconic Columbia Blue jerseys. The Oilers’ influence on the new uniforms was hardly subtle, as the Rockets’ hype video for the uniforms included an exterior shot of the Astrodome and an oil rig.
The uniforms unveiled Wednesday are a similar hue, with “H-Town” on the front in white and red trim and the shorts also featuring red and white around the waist with royal blue piping on the sides of the uniform.
A Rockets representative said the colors in the uniform are “powder blue, royal blue and Rockets red.”
The uniforms will go on sale online starting at 9 a.m. Thursday at RocketsShop.com.
It was not announced when fans will be able to buy the uniforms. The Rockets begin the preseason Dec. 11 at Chicago.