NBA Should Never Use Sleeved Jerseys Again

By Dylan Hughes
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

For the 2013 Christmas Day games, the NBA decided to switch it up and use a different style of jerseys. Well, it seems most fans and players would agree they would be fine with never seeing those jerseys ever again.

The Christmas Day jerseys are short-sleeved and skin-tight, have the team logo on the front, number on the left sleeve, and the back is the same as the normal jersey. I understand the NBA wants to put out a pretty new jersey and sell them for ridiculously high prices, but these jerseys are awful and need to be thrown away as soon as the day ends.

As for appearance, I wouldn’t say these jerseys are too bad, but everything else about them is just wrong. First of all, they are skin-tight. I’ve played basketball in a skin-tight shirt, and it is extremely uncomfortable and has an effect on how you play. Another thing that affects your play is the sleeves. There is a reason basketball jerseys don’t have sleeves, and that is because sleeves constrict your arms and can throw off your shot. New York Knicks guard Beno Udrih displayed this on Christmas as he clanked a corner three off the side of the backboard and then proceeded to pull his sleeves up as he was walking back down the court. He could have just done it to save some embarrassment for himself and use it as some sort of excuse, but I believe the sleeves could have thrown off his shot.

All in all, the NBA should have never even experimented with these jerseys. The old, normal jerseys are just fine. You know what they say: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

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