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Basketball: Silver Bears to face Arizona

Yes, the Golden Bears will wear silver uniforms and shoes for Thursday night’s Pac-10 game against Arizona.

A Cal spokesperson confirmed word we received late today that Cal is one of three collegiate teams this week that will help celebrate Jordan Brand’s 25th anniversary by wearing special silver anniversary uniforms and shoes.

North Carolina, where Jordan played his college ball, debuted the new Nike franchise gear tonight . . . and the Tar Heels lost  77-67 to Florida State. (Of course, the Tar Heels are just 14-14 this season after winning the national championship in 2009, so their uniforms likely had nothing to do with it). Georgetown will wear them Saturday against Notre Dame.

Here’s an excerpt from the news release on the new shoes:

“In the quest to develop the 25th AIR JORDAN shoe, Michael Jordan had a simple request – to build a partially transparent game shoe. MJ said he was able to master opponents by only allowing them to see what he wanted them to see, never showing his defender every aspect of his game and always saving something more.”

Don’t know about you, but I’m positively breathless. For a moment, I was sure we were talking about a new NASA spacesuit.

Folks, it’s a basketball shoe — a $170 shoe, by the way. (In the PR photos I saw, the shoe wasn’t exactly transparent, so I’m not certain I get it).

Still, I’m sure we’re all grateful MJ didn’t ask for transparent uniforms!

So I want to know: What do you think of this detour from tradition?

Jeff Faraudo