USA Today's Chris Chase says the sleeved jerseys that Golden State will wear vs. San Antonio later this month look about as dumb as you'd think they'd look (Adidas/USA Today)
This is so, so stupid.
The Golden State Warriors will become the first team to wear jerseys with sleeves when they unveils alternate uniforms during a nationally televised home game against the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 22.
The team and Adidas are touting the new style as if it's revolutionary. And it is, if you think the future of the NBA is players wearing T-shirts that look like they're six sizes too small. This isn't a natural evolution, like longer shorts or high tops; it's a marketing gimmick.
You know why no one has ever played a game in a jersey with sleeves? It's the same reason no one has played a game in wingtips, jeans or mink coats.
The new Warriors unis look exactly like the yellow jerseys given to Tour de France leaders. So not only is it a good visual look, but it's a good association too. Everyone loves the Tour de France these days!
The team also announced it will wear the jerseys March 8 vs. Houston and March 15 against Chicago.
Prediction: They won't.
Forget how this is going to go over with NBA fans (poorly) and think how players might react. The NBA couldn't get away with making cosmetic changes to the basketball and that's only handled by one guy at once! How are players going to react to sleeves that will be constricting, whether physically or mentally?
The inaugural game for the sleeves comes against one of the NBA's top teams in the Spurs. If Steph Curry and David Lee have a poor shooting night and/or the team loses, what do you think is going to get the blame? A powerhouse opponent? The inherent randomness of NBA field goal percentage? Or those ridiculous looking sleeves that can't possibly feel good while shooting or stretching out to play defense. I don't care if the material is 99% lighter and wicks away sweat, oxygen or Manu Ginobli. It's still a sleeve.
Adidas boasts that the sleeves are made with fabric that wraps 360 degrees around the shoulder. Oh, good. I thought they were going to outfit Golden State in those ever-popular shirts with octagonal sleeves.
There's the belief that fans may be more inclined to purchase jerseys with sleeves since the regular tank-top jerseys are limited from a fashion perspective, to which I say: If you're out of middle school and still believe wearing an NBA jersey is socially acceptable, it's not going to matter whether there are sleeves or not.