The sleeved jerseys revolution is upon us. For the Christmas matchup between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, these are the jerseys Clippers players will be wearing:
Here’s a higher res shot of that Clips Christmas Day jersey pic.twitter.com/Bvc7ygjGrD
— Phil Hecken (@PhilHecken) November 13, 2013
While these are sleeved, they look nothing like the powder blues the Los Angeles Clippers wear during Sunday home games or the debuted jerseys the Warriors sported against the San Antonio Spurs last season. These are more of the t-shirt kind which is anesthetically pleasing, especially the gray logo in the middle of the jersey.
Here is a quote from the head of Global Basketball Sports Marketing at Adidas on why Adidas and the NBA are pushing the sleeved jerseys:
“We know fans want to wear the authentic product that the players are wearing,” says Chris Grancio, head of global basketball sports marketing at Adidas. “In the NBA, it’s just harder for fans to do that because a tank top is just a little bit more difficult to wear.”
via NBA Christmas Jerseys—Now With Sleeves | WSJ
I don’t know what it will take for the NBA to go away from the sleeved jersey, but it looks look we as fans will be stuck looking at these for a while. Maybe extremely poor sales could get the NBA to do away with them.
Here is a photo of the Chicago Bulls Christmas Day jerseys modeled by Derrick Rose via the Wall Street Journal: