Los Angeles Lakers to Wear Sleeved Jerseys Next Season

by August 21, 2013
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The NBA is increasingly moving towards the sleeved jersey look. The Los Angeles Lakers will be one of the teams rocking the new duds next season, according to ESPN: “The Lakers will wear short-sleeve jerseys next season in ‘several’ games, according to a team source. The jerseys will be white, the same color as the alternative uniforms the Lakers introduced for the 2002-03 season and traditionally wear on Sundays. The Golden State Warriors were the first team to wear the adizero short-sleeve jerseys designed by adidas last season. The jerseys, according to adidas, are 26 percent lighter than the traditional NBA jersey. The Phoenix Suns, who recently redesigned their jersey, also will have a short-sleeve alternate in their uniform set next season. According to a league source, adidas has mocked up short-sleeve alternative jerseys for all 10 teams playing on Christmas Day. The Lakers were one of 17 teams to experiment wearing the short-sleeve jerseys during summer league this offseason. […] Lakers point guard Steve Nash suggested last season that each player should be able to choose his own uniform preference. ‘I don’t see why we all need the same tailor, as long as it’s pretty uniform,’ Nash said. ‘I’m sure within reason.’ Nash, who said he used to wear a T-shirt under his jersey in high school and college, did not have a problem with the NBA harming the sanctimony of the league by changing the cut of the jerseys.”