In 2013, adidas unveiled the first-ever short sleeved jersey for the NBA. With the Warriors taking the first dive, they opened up the ways for the rest of the league to don these uniforms. As you may already know, basketball has always been played with a tank top variation of uniforms. In high school and college, players are often seen wearing a tee shirt below but never at the NBA level.
On November 4, 2015, LeBron James was frustrated and took his anger out on the sleeves. The poor sleeves never had a chance as James ripped them apart to give him more freedom. This isn't the first time we've heard something from LeBron. In 2014, James pointed fingers at the sleeves for his 6-for-18 shooting. Even Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks called them "awful."
The theory behind the sleeved jerseys was to implement more real estate. With more fabric, the jersey would have more space for advertisements. This year's All-Star Games will feature ads on the front.
Last year, the NBA placed logos on the jersey worn during the Slam Dunk Competition and Saturday night festivities. The jerseys donned the sponsors from the companies that hosted the particular event.
Although the sleeved jerseys have looked familiar and less of an eye sore, they continue to be dismissed by basketball fans. The look great on the football field, baseball diamond, and soccer pitch, but the basketball court is best without sleeves.
In the short term, they may stay but it won't be forever. adidas will remain the NBA's jersey and apparel until the end of the 2017 season. Nike earned the rights to take over that sector as they outbid adidas for the 2017-18 NBA season.
Until then, enjoy this clip of LeBron James ripping his sleeves like Hulk Hogan:
Because who needs sleeves? https://t.co/byungOHn9z— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 5, 2015