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Nets’ alleged 2020-21 City jerseys, inspired by Kevin Durant’s favorite artist, leaked

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The Brooklyn Nets have been one to make the most out of their alternate jerseys in the hopes of representing different icons from the city. Apparently, this year isn’t going to be any different if a recent leak is to be believed.

For the upcoming 2019-2020 season, a photo of their “City Edition” jerseys have been leaked and it seems that the organization is opting to honor a legendary New York-based artist, the late Jean-Michel Basquiat.

The decision to honor Basquiat through their alternate threads can’t come at a better time, as former MVP Kevin Durant is poised to make his Brooklyn debut this season. Durant has been an admirer of Basquiat, so the Net forward has the unique opportunity to honor one of his favorite artists as he gets a chance to don a Basquiat-inspired jerseys when the upcoming season begins.

“I wanted to see how they got to that point mastering their craft. From a Basquiat to a Dr. Dre to a Michael Jordan to a Jay Electronica. All types of people that I feel are great at what they do,” Durant said in a conference earlier this week (via The New York Post).

Basquiat, who died in 1988 at the age of 27, was a budding street artist in New York who imprinted downtown Manhattan in the late 1970s with his mysterious graffiti tags before transitioning to international exhibits and galleries worldwide. He was also the youngest artist to showcase his work at the monumental Whitney Biennal exhibit in New York at 22.

The Nets’ alleged 2020-21 City jerseys will come in black and is filled with ton of illustrations inspired by the Basquiat’s works–from a blue and gold Nike swoosh to a multi-color trim on the sides. The artist behind the design also chose to put a crown on top the NBA logo right under Basquiat’s name.