If you didn’t think things would get uglier for the Golden State Warriors after losing four straight games, guess again.
On February 22nd in a game against the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors will be unveiling the first sleeved jerseys in NBA history. They’ll also wear them against the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.
As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix it, ” and this jersey situation applies to these Warriors jerseys. There’s nothing wrong with the tank top jerseys the NBA have used since it’s creations and hopefully other teams don’t plan to follow suit.
According to Adidas, the new jerseys are “46 percent lighter than their traditional counterparts. Rookie Harrison Barnes thinks that they’ll catch on around the league. It has a chance because of the compression shirts that lots of NBA players are beginning to wear under their jerseys now and this could substitute that as a whole.
From a fan perspective, I can’t imagine many people walking around in sleeved NBA uniforms. There is something about the current uniforms that represent comfort and relaxation.
A huge part in whether the jerseys will carry over across the league are the price increase between these and the standard jerseys. The “swingman” jerseys will price at $110 for the replicas ($40 more than traditional) and $300 for the authentic jersey. That $40 may be the difference between a casual fan buying the jersey or not buying one.
But until the jerseys are officially used in a game, it’ll be hard to get a complete feel for them. At the moment, I vote no, but that could change in the coming weeks.