Last week, the Golden State Warriors introduced a new alternate uniform to be worn by the team. Rather than the conventional tank-top, it is actually a short-sleeved shirt. Groundbreaking or just a ploy for revenue and attention?
As no current NBA team wears a short-sleeved jersey, the Warriors are immediately setting a precedent. Will everyone switch to t-shirt jerseys next year? No, but with the Warriors being bold enough to try this year, other teams will probably think about it.
I’m not much of a fan of this look but I think it is just the shock value of seeing something so radically different from what has become “normal.” Remember, there was a time basketball shorts were barely long enough to cover more than half of a man’s thigh; shorts now go past the knees. It will take some getting used to but I suppose the players will love how much lighter the jersey is compared with those worn by other teams (I can’t think of the percentage offhand but it’s all about wearing something 0.00000454 percent lighter than what your opponent has on—you need that edge!!
The jersey is made of some breathable material meant to be lightweight and wick away moisture (because we can’t have sweat weigh a player down!). It’s a glorified “smedium” shirt—a muscle man’s compression shirt—that will probably retail for a couple hundred dollars. To be honest, I was already envisioning these types of compression uniforms to become somewhat standard in sport but I was surprised to see something like this in basketball. Lightweight jerseys are common in soccer these days and I was thinking that they could become common in baseball in the future; baseball players already wear a long-sleeved base layer underneath their jersey and some marketing guy is going to think he is a genius by proposing a new jersey that combines both elements. Good luck with that.
These short-sleeved jerseys may look great on a lean, muscular man who is 6′ 6″ but they’ll likely not be what a 5′ 9″ 268 pound man is looking for. Also the Warriors made what I thought to be an egregious error: the matching shorts for this new jersey do not match at all.
Somehow, pinstriped shorts in a different shade of yellow than the jersey top were thought to be a perfect match. We shall see how perfect a match they are. Then again, a solid-colored uniform top over pinstriped pants is somewhat normal in baseball, so perhaps it can work in basketball too.
I don’t like the look but I’m still willing to give it a chance. I still don’t like it but maybe my opinion will change.
Bah, I still don’t like it.