PORTLAND, Oregon (CBS2) — The Portland Trail Blazers unveiled the 2022-23 Nike NBA City Edition uniform, which pays homage to the original Portland International Airport carpet pattern that has developed a passionate following.
The uniform has a familiar look to it with a black base and the signature Blazers sash featured across the chest, this time filled with the teal and geometric-shape pattern locals will recognize from their travels.
The City Edition uniform showcases the confidence and quirkiness that defines Portland, as no other team or city would embrace an airport carpet pattern to the degree that Portlanders have. The pattern, with its bright teal base and unique geometric shapes, represents the view of the North and South runways as seen overhead from the sky.
The carpet’s cult-following grew after reaching local icon status as it became a tradition for travelers arriving or departing PDX Airport to take photos of their feet safely planted on the colorful carpet to post on social media.
While travelers used the carpet to make a statement regarding their travels, the uniform is sure to make a statement on the hardwood. It features “PDX” across the front of the uniform, the official code for Portland International Airport and a common nickname for the city, in bold white font and the classic carpet pattern across the chest and down one side of the shorts.
The other side of the shorts features the team’s primary “pinwheel” logo while showcasing the team mantra “rip city” on the belt buckle. Additional design elements include the gold trophy icon on the back of the neck in honor of the team’s 1977 NBA Championship and “#RIPCITYCARPET” on the jock tag.