You know how one of the main complaints about NBA basketball is that you see way too much scandalous shoulder skin on the court? (Trust me, it’s a huge problem.) Well, worry no longer because the Warriors are stepping their sleeve game up, as they’ll soon become the first modern NBA team to wear a sleeved jersey. Or to put it in fashion terms, sleeves are back!

From the Mercury News:

On Monday, the Warriors will unveil their yellow, alternate uniforms. They will be the first team in the modern NBA era to play in something other than a tank top.

The Warriors will debut the new unis for their Feb. 22 home game against the San Antonio Spurs, which is being aired on ESPN. They will also wear them March 8 vs. Houston and March 15 vs. Chicago.

No offense to the Warriors or adidas, but nope. Just like the last time someone tried to pull off a super-tight jersey, this gets a big, fat nope. They look fine but it’s just weird.

Of course, as you might imagine, a huge part of this remix is because fans like sleeves on their shirts. And surprise surprise, you can buy these.

“It was the right moment, the right team,” said Lawrence Norman, Adidas’ vice president of global basketball. “Even more important, the right city. When you launch something as innovative as this — that will change the way the players look on the court and the way the fans support the team forever — why not launch it in the most innovative part of the United States?”

The new jersey is much less a T-shirt than the next phase in the evolution of basketball apparel.

This jersey was designed with the fan in mind.

The rationale is having a full shirt as the team’s jersey allows people to represent their team in more settings. Unlike soccer, baseball and football, basketball uniforms are limited.

Even though Warriors president Rick Welts literally says, “We didn’t do this for the sales,” you kind of half to assume that a large part of it has to do with the sales since that’s often the case with alternate jerseys. I don’t know that people are going to be lining up to wear compression shirts, but a more t-shirt-y uniform does seem like something that could appeal to fans. Yeah, those fans can just buy jersey t-shirts like a normal person but at least they have options.

The worst part, however, is that this isn’t just a normal alternate for the Warriors because an all-gold look would be wicked. Any time they wear their throwbacks, people love them, so adding a gold kit is a really good idea. Unfortunately, they had to go and put sleeves on them, which is going to seriously make Stephen Curry look like he’s back in high school. Also, the shorts have pinstripes on them and the shirts don’t, which is awkward and could really make it look like all the Warriors are just wearing t-shirts tucked in to shorts.

So yeah, we’ve got NBA sleeves now. It feels weird to type that, but maybe they’ll catch on. I doubt it but I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Yes, really.

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Comments (55)

  1. probably makes sense that teams would start doing this since they’re gonna put some ads on jerseys, right? more space for stickers.

  2. this one looks pretty good I think, but they definitely doesnt look like NBA jerseys so … I can’t really tell if I like them or na

    • my thoughts exactly.
      I like the 90ies-style “warriors” font across the chest (s/o to Stud Kick-Ass), I like sleeves, since I like soccer jerseys, esp. from the 90ies (I mean… http://www.passionemaglie.it/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/juventus-97_98.jpg …are those awesome or what?), since you can actually wear them (as a white guy) whitout looking completely stupid.
      I hate tight jerseys, and yeah it doesn’t look like an nba product which is weird.
      so it’s 2:2.
      I guess I like them? hm. I don’t know. I’m more pro than con I think.

  3. Me likey. They look like soccer jerseys, which are almost always awesome.

  4. I like the design. The gold color is a nice throwback to the Rick Barry days, and the “Warriors” across the chest is a nice throwback to the Chris Mullin days.

    But SLEEVES??? No, don’t like ‘em.

  5. I am banking on the notion that we will eventually see these added to Bleacher Report’s “Top 37 Worst Jerseys” list soon. Innovation is nice, but like you said Trey, have we heard anything from those tight jerseys since the All Star Game? Did a single player use that jersey in the All Star Game?

  6. Worst. Idea. Ever. Please. Don’t.

  7. sleeves are terrible, and i dont even think many fans would want to purchase these…

  8. No Things of Note today?

  9. Thats right. More space for add’s

  10. Please allow me to change your life. Hence forward, you will refer to jersey shirts as “sherseys.” “Thank me Later”
    – Drake, me

  11. I actually thought this was a long time coming. If you ever check out college games (a horrifying prospect I know) you see tons of players wearing short sleeved shirts under their jerseys. I would imagine that the NBA with their strict policy regarding clothing on and off the court would not want to see people starting that trend up, so maybe this is a way to make the players more comfortable?

    That said, they dont look great. I dont get why the sleeves have to be so tight.

  12. I agree with Greg on this one. It’ll be sandwiched in between the Chicago WhiteSox wearing shorts and the Flyers wearing pants as a uniform snafu.

  13. They’d be awesome without these tight sleeves. Just take a look at Howard in game vs Miami, he looked more of a speedskater than basketball player with all these shoulder and arm sleeves (not to mention a headband that doesn’t fit him at all). I’m also not buying this ‘designed with the fan in mind’ thing. I’d rather wear white t shirt and a traditional jersey on it than this and I consider myself a fan. Big, fat nope for the super tight sleeved jerseys unless Eddy Curry signs for the Warriors.

  14. Dwight will sign as a free agent in GS now JUST so he can wear these jerseys … “Lock it in” ;)

  15. There are these things called t-shirts that you can wear under basketball jerseys that allow fans to wear basketball jerseys in multiple settings.

    • Yeah, I don’t know of any fashion rules that say you can’t wear anything under your jersey.

  16. Personally, I’ve never been able to play in a shirt with sleeves. Just doesn’t feel right on the arms when you’re shooting. I’ve got to wonder whether a few players were grumbling about this; comfort is a pretty important thing on a team of shooters…

  17. Like every sane person who heard the news today, I also hate this idea. Still, I think we need a quick top 10 list of the players we’d most like to see be forced to wear a sleeved jersey. I haven’t worked out a top 10 yet, but Kurt Thomas has got to be at the top of the list, right?

  18. Just get a jersey shirt like a normal person…jeez

  19. very weird how the shorts are pinstriped. the jersey and shorts are supposed to match.

  20. Not my bag.

    I remember when women’s unis all had sleeves, like these: http://www.both-teams-played-hard.com/i//lady1.jpg

    I am old as fuck

  21. “It was the right moment, the right team”

    Evidently this was all just a ploy to hide Richard Jefferson’s tattoo.

  22. these are wack. they’re not bball jerseys

  23. David Lee and Andy Bogut are going to look super gross

  24. Thank you for reminding me to google 2008 Aussie Women’s Basketball pics


  25. They look good on Barns, but I do not want to see Andrew Bougut or Draymond Green wearing these. Imagine Shaq or Big Baby with these on… Eww

  26. I actually like them. Sleek and sort of futuristic. Will be weird though with only one team on the court wearing them. Can see this becoming a trend in future.

  27. Really the weirdest part about it is that the shorts and shirt don’t match. I can take the sleeves (but why would I want to?) but the mismatch is really bothersome.

    • This sums up my thoughts, it looks good from the waist up but the entire ensemble doesn’t look right.

  28. If these jerseys help the Warriors play better defense, then I like them.

  29. a jersey you can wear as a normal shirt is a big plus. soccer jerseys are the best followed by baseball, and these eclipse baseball for sure.

  30. Not to sound like Serge, but it’s not because you wouldn’t look good in them that they don’t look cool :p.

    Also: I’m pretty sure it’s a good marketing ploy to get more people to wear jersey in non-basketball related events.


  31. tight sleeves, huh. good thing you don’t have to raise you arms above your head that much in basketball.

  32. A tiny jersey for tiny Warriors fans.

  33. dwight howard would look good in these uniforms

  34. Muscle tees…I don’t get it.

  35. We gotta see these on the court before making judgement. Everyone hated the Brooklyn outfits when we first saw them, but now everyone likes them. Give it time.

  36. These would make Mo Williams super itchy.

  37. sigh…

    Dear Adidas,

    Basketball jersey’s don’t have sleeves.

    The people of Earth

  38. Adidas designer head has a problem, why should add a neither fish nor fowl short-sleeved

  39. ugly,ugly,ugly, ugly, ugly,ugly,ugly,ugly,ugly,ugly,ugly,soccer sux,ugly,ugly,ugly,ugly,fuck wht the man said,ugly,ugly,ugly,ugly,ugly

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