KC designer’s NBA staff idea goes viral, energizes debate

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Within the midst of one other blockbuster NBA finals, Kansas Metropolis, and its rabid base of basketball followers, are as soon as once more on the surface trying in.

“It will imply quite a bit to have a staff right here,” Robbie Poulain, a Lenexa graphic designer stated.

Poulain is eager for the return of the Kansas Metropolis Kings.

“I really feel just like the tradition right here has type of grown quite a bit by way of basketball,” Poulain stated. “Take a look at the gamers we have produced from Landry Shamet, to Willie Cauley-Stein. Then we have got Ochai [Agbaji] arising.”

Graphic designing for the Kansas Metropolis Royals by day, Poulain’s off-time pastime is bringing Kansas Metropolis’s newest NBA franchise to life.

“Though we nonetheless haven’t got a staff again, I created one for enjoyable,” Poulain stated in a tweet on June 5.

The brainchild of practically two years of labor and procrastination, Poulain’s design for the KC Reign options 4 totally different jersey mock-ups, an entire model and emblem information and fake game-day photos at downtown KCMO’s T-Cellular Area.

“The quantity of enthusiasm that followers convey on a nightly foundation separates Kansas Metropolis from most sports activities cities in my view,” he stated.

This childhood dream was practically a actuality, with KCMO within the operating to host the displaced Toronto Raptors within the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If the Toronto Raptors should play elsewhere, Kansas Metropolis is essentially the most enticing place they’ll decide in the USA of America,” KCMO Mayor Quinton Lucas stated in October 2020.

Makes an attempt to convey the league have yielded little fruit lately. The Athletic studies an upcoming WNBA growth is not going to embody Kansas Metropolis.

Alas, Poulain gives hope for KC hoop heads.

“I hope it conjures up each child who likes the league however does not have a staff to root for,” he stated.

For the total Kansas Metropolis Reign design idea, individuals can go to this hyperlink.