Warriors to debut tribute uniforms for Chinese New Year 

In a slam-dunk play designed to represent the Chinese community, the Warriors will ring in Chinese New Year with slate-, yellow- and red-colored jerseys with the team name in Chinese letters.

A crowd of schoolchildren and Chinatown community members watched in awe as the team announced the tribute jerseys Monday, and starters Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes modeled the Chinese-symbol-ladened uniforms at the Betty Ong Recreation Center.

"Over time, the Golden State Warriors have to be the team that Chinese fans look to because of our amazing Chinese population here and our proximity to China," team President Rick Welts said. "Long term, we want to be China's team."

In the midst of a winning season, Warriors players will wear the new jerseys in four upcoming games. Two of the games will be broadcast not only to the Bay Area, but nationally and in China.

"Slate's a lucky color for the Warriors," Welts said of the color introduced this season. "We've never lost a game when we've worn our slate-colored jerseys."

The team is off to its best start in its 69-year franchise history thus far at 36-6.

"Like Harrison, I used to sky-jump ­— and nobody could touch me," Mayor Ed Lee said jokingly after the starters presented him with a shirt of his own. "Of course, I woke up after that."

The public can pick up their own Chinese-symbol jerseys online, Welts said.

"With this uniform, don't be surprised if you find thousands of people in the Chinese New Year wearing it,"Lee said. "I think it's going to be that popular."

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