CHANHASSEN, Minn. — On Wednesday night, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard and former 2011 league MVP Derrick Rose turned back the clock, dropping a career-high 50 points against the Utah Jazz. On Thursday, the team kept the positive momentum going.
At an unveiling ceremony Thursday morning, Nov. 1, at Paisley Park in Chanhassen, Minn., the Timberwolves showcased its new Prince-inspired "City Edition" uniforms.
The uniforms were created through a collaborative effort between the Timberwolves, Nike and the Prince Estate, according to a release.
The new uniform will debut Friday, Nov. 16, when the Timberwolves take on the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center.
"Today's announcement is about much more than a jersey unveil," the release reads. "It represents the launch of a platform that has been created after many hours of sustainable collaboration with the Prince Estate that will celebrate the legacy of the Minneapolis sound."
Representatives of the Prince Estate — along with member's of Prince's family — echoed the team's sentiments Thursday, calling the collaboration an "exciting effort to uniquely honor Prince."
"From a young age, Prince enjoyed basketball — as a player and a fan," said representatives of the Prince Estate and family members in the release. "This partnership brings together the city of Minneapolis, and more broadly, the state of Minnesota, in an exciting effort to uniquely honor Prince."
In 2017, Nike and the NBA formalized a partnership with a focus on "bringing change to game day," according to a Nike news release.
"These designs honor the fans — those who, 41 times a year — take pilgrimage at their local arena, and whose passions help define each respective team's identity," the release reads.
The Prince-inspired jersey design incorporates multiple references of the famed musicians legacy.
On the left vent of the jersey, a paisley leaf was sewn in tribute to Paisley Park. The right shoulder of the uniform honors the iconic jacket worn by Prince while performing "Purple Rain," among other details.
City Edition merchandise will be available for purchase beginning Thursday, Nov. 8, at 11 p.m. CST online at www.timberwolvesteamstore.com.
According to the team merchandise site, a City Edition jersey will be retailing for $110.