SALT LAKE CITY — Get ready for another dose of nostalgia.
The same jersey that John Stockton wore when he hit the shot to send the Jazz to their first NBA Finals is returning.
The Utah Jazz announced Wednesday that the purple mountain road uniform that was featured during the franchise's Finals runs will be worn again this upcoming season.
And there's more: A new alternate court will accompany the throwback jerseys. It will be a replica of the design used from 1996-2004.
“I remember as a kid watching the Jazz when they wore these jerseys in the Finals. I’m excited about them,” said new Jazz guard Mike Conley, who participated in a Classic Edition uniform rollout video. “I think it’s great. You get so used to wearing the same two or three jerseys, and then you pull out a new one and it gets your juices flowing. We’re all excited.”
The purple jersey features the prominent white-to-purple gradient mountain range and is trimmed in purple, teal, white and copper with the Jazz wordmark on the chest. The shorts feature the white mountain range on the left leg, the "UJ" secondary mark on the right leg, and the tertiary snowflake basketball logo on the waistband.
But you already knew all that.
This isn’t a permanent logo or branding change, though. The jerseys will serve as an alternative to the Jazz’s J-note jerseys and logo — much like the red City Edition jerseys have for the last two years.
Utah wore the jerseys in two Finals appearances and featured two MVP years by Karl Malone. Which is why, along with the design, many fans were eager to see them return.
And they are getting their wish.
“One of the most rewarding aspects of sports is sharing moments and memories with family and friends,” said Bart Sharp, senior vice president of marketing for the Jazz. “It’s our hope that these Classic Edition uniforms will serve as a bridge to unite generations of our fans in their love of Jazz basketball past and present.”