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In 1971, Hall-of-Fame coach Alex Hannum was hired to lead the Denver Rockets.

Right off the bat, Hannum tried something new and different. He changed the team's colors from orange and black to "Columbine blue and gold" -- the colors of Colorado's state flower.

The concept was a noble one. But after numerous washings and under dim indoor lighting, the uniforms became an embarrassing pale lavender. Surprisingly, the team continued to use the uniforms for two full seasons before they were completely redesigned.

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Denver Rockets History Page

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