It’s been some time since AGR revealed one of its authentic jerseys, but lucky for the world, that time has come again! And thrilled you must be after laying your eyes on one of the rarest and sexiest alternate jerseys. In the case of this jersey, I bought it for its beauty, rarity, and value. Mitch Richmond? I don’t care much for the guy, as he was a part of the trade that stole Chris Webber from my beloved Wizards (who had just changed their name from the bad-ass Bullets to the wimpy Wizards…ugh, that franchise is so frustrating). He scored a lot, but overall he was one-dimensional…he’s like a shorter, heavier Kevin Martin. But maybe that’s too easy as they are both former Kings SG’s. Regardless, he had a sweet jumper, I guess, but I don’t like the name Mitch and he was never particularly exciting. But this jersey is exciting! I’ve always had a thing for this bizarre alternate, ever since I saw Bobby Hurley do his thing in the purple and black. Some highlights of this jersey:
-The purple “half” and the black “half” are not equal, which is great because I like purple, but bad because I like symmetry.
-The white/purple checkers going up and down the sides of the jersey are classic and unique.
-The jersey has the golden NBA patch indicating the NBA’s 50th anniversary during the 1996-97 season.
In addition to celebrating this jersey, we should celebrate Mitch’s finest basketball quality: his smooth jumper. I just got shivers going up and down my spine from watching The Rock work his magic.
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