WASHINGTON - Red, white and blue. Horizontal stripes. Elvin Hayes in the house. No sign anywhere of the misshaped magician with the bizarre beard. The Washington Wizards are again the Washington Bullets -- in everything but name. The NBA team unveiled its new red, white and blue colour scheme and uniforms Tuesday, a blast from the past that was overwhelmingly welcomed as long overdue. The modern colours worn since the team changed its name in 1997 always seemed a bit out of place in the nations capital. "When I looked at the Wizards when they played in the teal, I did not really recognize them as part of the Bullet organization," said Hayes, the Hall of Fame forward whose No. 11 is retired in the rafters. "It was like another team had began to represent them because they changed their name and they changed their colours and I think it was so drastic. As a player who played here, when I watched it on television, I think you had a disconnect. I think that all of a sudden, its a great reconnect." The makeover was spurred by Ted Leonsis, who took over the franchise after the death of longtime owner Abe Pollin in November 2009. Fans and former players bent Leonsis ear and inundated his inbox, telling him they preferred the old look of the team. Plus, he had already gone through this routine once, having changed his NHLs Capitals back to red, white and blue a few years ago, also to positive reviews. "Its just part of a set of overall things that were trying to accomplish," Leonsis said. "Im not naive enough to think that changing the colours (by itself) will improve anything, but I saw the power of the change and newness with the Capitals." Leonsis said it was intentional that the new designs and logos make no reference to theme of Wizards other than the actual name written across the home jersey. The next step, it would seem, would be to go ahead and change the nickname back to Bullets. Leonsis has looked into a name change and didnt rule it out, but he described it as a laborious process that can take up to three years because of intricate intellectual property issues. "This is what weve done. It took a year to do," Leonsis said. "We cant change the name -- changing the name changes the IP. Thats a really, really big process. I think this was a very dramatic pivot for the franchise." Of course, new uniforms are also a way to make quick money. The master of ceremonies at the televised news conference wasted no time telling fans how they can purchase the new digs. The team even said encouraged fans to turn in their old uniforms to be donated to charity, while receiving a discount on the new stuff. One person who had no problem turning in his old outfit was point guard John Wall, who modelled the new version on the stage. "Its better than the other one," Wall said. "Im a bright-colour person. Itll give the fans something to be more excited about." jamaalcharlesjerseys
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