A couple of pieces of background information that is necessary to enjoy this post:

  1. In New Zealand, they apparently call basketball jerseys “singlets.”
  2. Recent Oklahoma City Thunder draft pick Steven Adams is from New Zealand.

Now that you know this stuff, we can get on with the post. From Fairfax NZ News:

New Zealand’s 2.13-metre-tall NBA draftee has chosen to wear the number 12 on his new team’s jersey, because he was the 12th draft pick, but adidas has no plans to release an Adams playing singlet.

Adidas New Zealand spokesperson Josie Tapper said though the company was confident Adams singlets would sell out in the country, adidas NZ had no say over whether a jersey would be made available for sale.

“It’s very unlikely that there will be a Steven Adams singlet.

“We’d love to get them in, that would be awesome.”

This is too bad. Maybe I am crazy, but I kind of feel like that there should be a special jersey provision included in the collective bargaining agreement, wherein if a country has a single player active in the NBA, whomever makes the league’s jerseys should be obligated to sell that player’s jersey in his home country, even if only in limited quantities. The economics of it might not make sense, but it just seems like the nice thing to do. I mean, I’m sure every Swedish person who cares about basketball would love to rock a Jonas Jerebko jersey or singlet, given the chance. It might be expensive to produce a relatively small number of one kind of jersey, but ike the adidas NZ rep said, they’d surely sell out.

Luckily if you’re a New Zealander who is dying for a Steven Adams jersey, there are multiple options for custom jerseys available online. Just pop an “Adams 12″ on the back of that and you’re smiling, woo. If enough people do that, maybe them someone will be like, “This is a crazy amount of pseudo official bootleg Steven Adams headed to New Zealand. Someone tell Adam Silver.” Next thing you know, legit singlets are showing up all around the country. I don’t know if this is actually possible, but you have to admit it sounds logical. We have to believe. #SingletforSteven

Comments (25)

  1. Yeah Jerebko and Taylor, even though he plays for the bobcats..

    • Taylor is American though, right? Born in Sweden, but I think he’s a dual citizen.

      • confirmed, kerbz. i had him in yearbook in high school.

      • Yeah I actually don’t really know if he’s got dual citizenship or not, and yeah he did go to high school and college in the states. But I’ve read in interviews that he considers himself swedish and I’m pretty sure he’s part of the swedish national team competing in the european championship later this year.

  2. We had to do this with Harden jerseys at first as well. Whenever you go to create your own they said just use Harden as the name and 13 for the number. Easy way around it.

  3. As someone who owns two Sasha Vujacic jerseys, a Gordon Hayward (purchased after he dropped 20pts on Kobe Bryant in his first preseason game of his rookie season), and a very obviously (only because I’m so jersey detailed obsessed) bootleg Jame Harden Rockets McDonalds Alt, I can attest that there is nothing more sacred than the relationship between a man and his jersinglet.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Kiwis and Steven Adams fans everywhere. Your time will come!

  4. Me and my Adam Morrison on the Bobcats jersey advise against buying any rookie jersey ever.

  5. I couldn’t get a Kyrie jersey from the NBA store in NYC the year he was drafted 1! These companies are unbelievable.

  6. It might be cheaper to buy a customized Adams jersey from the NBA store anyway. Swingman jerseys go for $130-$150 here in NZ. A lot of dudes I know just buy pretty decent bootlegs for under half that.

    • Yeah the prices and the variety of NBA merchandise in retail stores here is a joke. Most (if not all) sports stores that sell jerseys only stock around 6 jerseys.

      Kobe, LeBron, Blake, KG, Durant, Rose.

      Interestingly enough, 6 is also the total number of pairs of basketball shoes they have in stock at any one time.

      I love internet shopping.

  7. I always thought it odd that Americans called them ‘jerseys’. When I think ‘jersey’, i think ‘wool’.


    Spurs bench player? I seen him on the bench dressed in a suit most playoff games and remembered him from the aus vs nz olympic games.

    So if he is still on the roster S.Adams is the second player.

    • i didn’t mean to sound like that “correction-guy” just thought i’d mention, im most likely wrong anyhow.

      • But Aron Baynes is an aussie!
        Australia and New Zealand are literally different countries.
        Like, you need a passport to get from one to the other.

      • Like Dave says they are different countries…and more to the point calling a New Zealander an Australian is a huge insult.

        Online the only way to go. Our retail stores in NZ suck big time.

        ps we call these nba jerseys not nba singlets.

    • Aron Baynes was born in NZ but he plays for Australia in the Olympics (not sure or not if he grew up in Oz)

  9. Would sell like hot cakes here.

  10. 2.13 m holy fffffff this guy is huge

    noone can wear NBA jerseys anyways they are so long, NZ isn’t missing much

  11. I’m sure we’ll get some pretty pretty pretty pretty nice fake ones at the avondale market in ~5 months.

  12. Sean Marks is from New Zealand, but is inactive now. Has this been accounted for? Technically an NZ NBA players. Time is a construct invented by people. It does not really exist. Boo-ya.

  13. Only on TBJ would we be existentially breaking down if we really know this Sean Marks. Who is he? What are his passions?

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