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When Seattle Storm center Janell Burse strolled into the Storm's locker room at The Furtado Center Tuesday before her first practice of 2007 training camp, she got a surprise. Teammate Ashley Robinson was wearing her new Storm jersey for a photo shoot, and Burse had yet to hear about the new look.

"I walked in the locker room," Burse said, "and Ashley had it on and I thought it was something she bought from the team store because it was so tight on her. It looked cute on her, but I didn't know it was for us to wear in the games.

"It does look like a cute little jersey that you could wear out with some jeans. It's really tight, all the way down, but I think it will be okay once you tuck it in."
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"It was a shock to me. I had no idea we had changed the uniform."

"It does look like a cute little jersey that you could wear out with some jeans," said Robinson. "It's really tight, all the way down, but I think it will be okay once you tuck it in."

That the jerseys tuck in at all - they didn't the last four seasons - is one of many changes. The Storm will join the rest of the WNBA in moving to new jerseys for the 2007 season, and the WNBA formally introduced its new look today.

"As we move into the second decade of WNBA basketball, we have partnered with adidas to develop the uniforms that will position our league and our players at the forefront of performance, style and image in women's sports," WNBA President Donna Orender said in a release. "The redesign of our uniforms creates an identifiable, stylish and functional look on the court while remaining true to the game."

The uniforms mark a dramatic departure for the WNBA. The most distinct change was made to the side of the uniform, which features a "tribal" pattern design formed from core elements of each team's logo - the top of the Space Needle in the case of the Storm.

The back of the jerseys have also undergone significant modifications. They now include the player's name below the player's number and v-shaped piping below the name. The cut of the jerseys has also changed to smaller straps, which makes sense because so many WNBA players prefer to roll their jerseys up off of their shoulders.

Consider Storm forward Iziane Castro Marques a big fan of the new style.

"I love them," she said. "They're really shaped to the body and look nice. It's shorter here (in the strap), so we don't have to (roll them up)."

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Rookie Katie Gearlds: "It fits differently than most jerseys do, but a lot of women like to roll them up on their sleeves and these you don't have to. They've kind of already got that feel to them. They're not big and baggy, so they shouldn't be a huge distraction when you're running down the court."

Burse: "The jersey is interesting, because it's kind of form-fitting, but then I found out we could tuck it in, so that's okay."

Robinson: "It's a slim fit, and I'm slim. If it's tight on me and JB, it's going to be tight on everybody - except Izi. She's the only one with no body fat.

"I definitely like the green ones over the white ones, but I'm biased because green's my favorite color.

"I think it's a good idea what they did, but I think with people tucking their jerseys in, it's a habit. I think people are going to be tucking their itty bitty fabric into the straps because it's a habit."

Storm Coach Anne Donovan: "I don't pay attention to that stuff at all. Now when we open up and I see Sue running past me, I'll either say, 'Boy, I like that,' or, 'I don't like that.'"

The original Storm jerseys, like many of the WNBA's jerseys in the league's first six years, featured yellow strips on the shoulders. The shorts were trimmed with red piping.
In 2003, the WNBA moved to no-tuck jerseys with a different cut. At the same time, the Storm dropped the yellow on the shoulders. The red piping also changed to green.
The WNBA's new-look jerseys mark a dramatic departure, highlighted by tribal symbols within the piping and a new V-cut on the back shoulders, with numbers above names.