Posted February 11, 2013

Warriors unveil new yellow alternate jerseys with sleeves

Ben Golliver, Golden State Warriors
Harrison Barnes wears a sleeved Warriors jersey (San Jose Mercury News)

Harrison Barnes wears a sleeved Warriors jersey.(San Jose Mercury News)

By Ben Golliver

The Warriors are going where no NBA team has gone before: over their own players’ shoulders.

Golden State and Adidas will reportedly unveil a form-fitting yellow alternate jersey design on Monday that include sleeves that go down to the mid bicep. Halfway between a normal jersey and a super tight shooting shirt, the new-look could represent the future of basketball jerseys, if Adidas has its way. The Warriors will debut the look during a nationally televised game against the Spurs at Oracle Arena on Feb. 22.

The San Jose Mercury News obtained the first photos of the jerseys and has all the necessary background details.

“It was the right moment, the right team,” said Lawrence Norman, Adidas’ vice president of global basketball. “Even more important, the right city. When you launch something as innovative as this — that will change the way the players look on the court and the way the fans support the team forever — why not launch it in the most innovative part of the United States?”

The new jersey is much less a T-shirt than the next phase in the evolution of basketball apparel. It’s being called the “adizero NBA short sleeve uniform system.” And Adidas boasts it as a revolutionary marriage between performance and aesthetics.

The uniforms are 26 percent lighter than the traditional jerseys, which Adidas said its research revealed was most important to players. They come with the ever-popular moisture-absorbing feature. The sleeves are made with stretch fabric that wraps 360 degrees around the shoulder to ensure full range of motion, because anyone who has played basketball knows how a T-shirt’s sleeve can interfere with a jumper.

The Warriors have broken other new ground with their look in recent weeks, putting their players’ Twitter handles on their shooting shirts for Social Media Night.

That fan-friendly event doesn’t compare to breaking decades of tradition by completely reshaping the nature of the uniform. Credit the Warriors for swinging big, but you can bet the resistance to the new designs will be fierce in a league that’s long preferred jerseys that throw back to the good old days.

It remains to be seen whether this will be a fad or the beginning of an evolution, but one thing is for sure: We know exactly what’s getting blamed the next time someone suffers through a 4-for-18 shooting night.

Here’s an up-close look at the sleeve. Pictures via the San Jose Mercury News.

A close-up look at the sleeve of the new Warriors jersey (San Jose Mercury News)

A close-up look at the sleeve of the new Warriors jersey. (San Jose Mercury News)

17 comments
TheBaltimoreBullet
TheBaltimoreBullet

Actually an NBA Team has gone here before. The 1953-54 Baltimore Bullets wore jerseys with sleeves (white jerseys for home games). They also wore them for some of the 11 games they played in 1954-55 before disbanding. Also, not and NBA team, but the Baltimore Bullets' Eastern League team in the early 1960's also wore these same jerseys.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Cover up those gorilla arm pits!

joshua33nelson
joshua33nelson

Anything that covers up all those extremely ugly tattoos would be great.  A lot of players would need to play in turtlenecks, but it would be for the benefit of society.

Staz
Staz

Just more gun control.

captaincone9
captaincone9

Only person to like these are,,,,, Dwight Howard!!

countrystrong
countrystrong

They should be called the Metrosexual Warriors, not that there is anything wrong with that (I am a huge Brady fan). Although, in a sport where swagger is king, the Warriors are really taking a hit here.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

When shooting averages go down the shirts will come off.

But to tell the truth, I like the look of them. 

flanalan
flanalan

"It’s being called the 'adizero NBA short sleeve uniform system.'"  Really?  How much did someone get paid to make up that crap?  Pretty sure it's just a shirt.

MattBugaj
MattBugaj

Even though I don't really watch the NBA, I was excited to see what they'd come up with and could imagine some good ideas as I clicked the link and waited a few seconds for the image to load. Upon seeing Barnes prancing about in a yellow v-neck that might be interesting to Frank Ocean, I have decided to not watch the NBA even more.

carjax1202
carjax1202

Gee...thanks Adidas for coming up with this crap...and no, it will not be the future of the NBA.  C'mon Nike, get that contract.  I will be completely surprised if the players actually accept these things and use them...they will be nothing but uncomfortable and cause chaffing for a player.

WilliamSmith1
WilliamSmith1

I never did like sleeves I could feel them holding me back...................(players and coaches only)

PeterEngkilterra
PeterEngkilterra

As a Warrior fan I don't have much of an issue with the sleeves, they'll just take some getting used to. BUT the all yellow uniform looks bad (like old crappy Pacer uni's) and the ultimate fail is having blue pinstripes on the shorts but not the tops. Either make it all pinstripe or none of it. It just looks uncoordinated and stupid.

JayZ
JayZ

I wore the same type shirt in high school in New Jersey 1966...........a number of other area teams did as well.   Amusing that  47 years later, the look makes it to the NBA.   Players will not like it though......it covers up the muscles and the tattoos. 

 

 

KevinDoucette
KevinDoucette

actually really like them. Didn't think I would but they're pretty cool.

l.czolgosz66
l.czolgosz66

Maybe they will be accepted, but I think most people still see sleeved basketball jerseys as female.

Iowa
Iowa

 @l.czolgosz66 Nothing wrong with sleeves-Evansville wore them as recently as the 90s-and it's hard to find a women's jersey with sleeves now. But these just look stupid, just another marketing ploy by sneaker companies to see 'who can create more bad publicity with hideous looks.' There's nothing attractive about skin-tight jerseys under shirts, in basketball, football, etc. Yawn, not a fraction of as provocative as they think they are.