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Timberwolves officially unveil Prince-themed City Edition uniforms

The Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday officially unveiled the team’s hotly anticipated City Edition uniforms that pay tribute to iconic hometown hero Prince.

Images of the new uniforms were leaked last week, but the official unveiling showcases the purple-on-purple jerseys that feature a lettering style modeled after the album cover of Prince and the Revolution’s groundbreaking 1984 album, “Purple Rain,” which inspired the smash film that earned Prince an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.

An official video in which the City Edition uniforms are showcased was also rolled out on Thursday.

The Timberwolves teased the new unis with a tweet Wednesday night that utilizes lyrics from Prince song, “Let’s Go Crazy.” On Thursday morning, the T-Wolves tweeted out video of Derrick Rose, a fitting choice in hindsight given his 50-point outburst Wednesday night, modeling the new gear.

Karl-Anthony Towns has also been featured in the Timberwolves’ rollout.

A press release issued by the Timberwolves notes the uniforms were created in cooperation with estate of Prince, who passed away due to an accidental overdose on April 21, 2016.

“This partnership brings together the city of Minneapolis, and more broadly the state of Minnesota, in an exciting effort to honor Prince,” the estate said in a statement released to ESPN.com. “From a young age, Prince enjoyed basketball — as a player and a fan. From his days playing at Bryant Junior High and Central High in South Minneapolis, through countless pick-up games while on the road with bandmates, he enjoyed the camaraderie and competition of the game.”

Prince, an accomplished basketball player in his own right, was known to occasionally frequent Target Center to attend Timberwolves games. The Timberwolves without question paid tribute to the beloved late musician in a wonderful fashion one has to believe even the enigmatic Prince would have appreciated.