NBA considers sleeves on jerseys + 5 atrocious fashion bloopers
When the Golden State Warriors take on the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 22, they’ll be pioneering a new trend on the court. The Warriors will be wearing form-fitting sleeves on their jersey tops. (Perhaps James Naismith, the father of the basketball, would remind us that the game’s original players played in T-shirts rather than sleeveless jerseys).
The Adidas jerseys are said to be 26 percent lighter than traditional jerseys and the form-fitting sleeves won’t limit motion or windmill dunks. But, it sounds like the real reason behind the switch to sleeves could be more about merchandising. Unlike baseball, hockey, football and soccer fans, NBA jerseys are sleeveless, thus making them less versatile for fans who want to wear them. Basically, you can just appropriately wear them to amusement parks. (Check out the NBA store for gear from your favorite team).
We thought we’d take this opportunity to look back at some of the NBA’s most notorious fashion bloopers.
The NBA sure has had some embarrassing moments. Like, um, Shaquille O’Neal’s rap album that included nursery rhyme-like lyrics: “A tisket, a tasket, I’m going to the basket.” Or, perhaps when Ron Artest — one of the NBA’s most notoriously volatile players — changed his name to “Metta World Peace.”
We’ll stick to fashion. And, to be fair, we know it’s hard to find clothes to fit 7-foot trees.
• Short shorts: Remember when NBA players wore Daisy Dukes back in the 1980s? (For shorts you can move in, check out Finish Line).
• Tacky tattoos: We’d say it’s a tie between the bright red kiss mark on Kenyon Martin’s neck or the star on Stephon Marbury’s scalp. But there are no ties in basketball, so we’ll just give this one to Shawn Marion. The Dallas Maverick player thought he was getting his nickname, “The Matrix,” printed in Chinese symbols along his calf. The real translation = Demon, Bird, Camphor. (Camphor is used to make mothballs).
• Band-Aid under the eyes: Dwyane Wade tried to make Band-Aids under the eye a trend. So did rapper Nelly. The NBA quickly nicked the trend. We say it was a fashion boo-boo. (But, we kind of would have liked him to wear one of these Crime scene Band-Aids from eBay).
• Michael Jordan’s suits: Nope, this wasn’t a “Space Jam” suit. He wore that shimmery metallic suit back in 2000. (For better suit options, check out Men’s Wearhouse).
• Larry Bird’s knitwear: Bill Cosby called and wants his sweater back, Larry.
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