NBA Buries Cool Black History Jerseys in the D-League

They really dropped the ball on what could have been a great gesture.

Give the Utah Jazz's Development League team credit for being committed to honoring Black History Month. But shouldn't it have been the Jazz themselves?

The franchise's Development League team, the Idaho Stampede, will celebrate Black History Month by rocking jerseys with prominent Black figures, ranging from President Obama to Frederick Douglass and Maya Angelou, for their "Black History Night" on Saturday, February 20.

All the work was done by artist-engineer Patrick Hunter, according to the Stampede's press release. In addition to jerseys depicting artist renderings of Douglass, Angelou and President Obama, Stampede players will be wearing uniforms with depictions of Dr. Martin Luther KingHarriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, Ray CharlesCoretta Scott King and George Washington Carver.

All the designed Black History Month jerseys are available via an online auction at with proceeds to benefit the Idaho Black History Museum.

Peep the shorts. They're pretty fly, too.

If there's one disappointment to this, though, it's that a D-League team is doing this and not an NBA team. In fact, all NBA teams should be rocking these jerseys.

Why can't the entire NBA don these jerseys for Black History Month? That would have been the grander stage to show them off and honor the four-week period. Instead, less eyes will see these works of art that deserve to be shown off.

Maybe something to consider for the NBA moving forward.

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