NBA asks for uniform change after Hawks and Thunder take floor in nearly identical colors

Jack Baer
·Writer
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It's not often the NBA gets involved in its teams' operations during a game, but a very awkward uniform snafu left it no choice.

The Atlanta Hawks and Oklahoma City Thunder took the floor on Friday with both teams wearing their alternate uniforms, something other teams have done this season. What made it awkward was the actual color of the uniforms.

The Hawks' jersey color: red. The Thunder's jersey color: red-orange. The result: confusion for viewers watching from home, especially the colorblind ones:

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More than a few people on Twitter took notice, and the matter came to a head at halftime when the Thunder announced they would be changing uniforms. A team spokesperson put the blame on the Hawks for wearing the incorrect uniform colors, but said it would be the Thunder swapping jerseys because the Hawks only brought red uniforms with them.

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ESPN's Royce Young reported that the change was requested by the league.

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The Thunder indeed took the floor in the second half wearing their usual home white uniforms, and eventually rode them to a 118-109 win.

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