LeBron James Blames Struggles vs Spurs on Sleeved Jerseys

by March 07, 2014


by Marcel Mutoni / @ marcel_mutoni

LeBron James was miserable Thursday night in San Antonio.

A frustrated James ripped off his now-infamous facemask in the first quarter, and moaned about the jersey he was forced to wear for the nationally-televised game against the Spurs.

The only thing more uncomfortable for LeBron than the shirt he rocked, was Kawhi Leonard’s stifling, physical defense (Leonard held the Heat superstar to 19 points, on just 6 of 18 shooting in Miami’s 111-87 road loss.)

Per the Sun-Sentinel:

“I’m not making excuses,” James said. “I’m not a big fan of the jerseys, not a big fan of them. I’ve got to figure something out the next time I wear the short-sleeved jerseys.”

“I already don’t have much room for error on my jumpers,” James said.

Added Leonard, “I don’t like the sleeve jerseys, either. Just something I’m not used to. Just felt a little tight.” […] “I’m not as big as LeBron,” Chris Bosh said. “His shoulders are a little bit bigger than mine. He likes to wear smaller sizes. He kept saying it was tugging on his underarm a little bit. I’ve always said I’m more of an old-school type of basketball player. They’ve been having tank top jerseys for 100 years. They should keep it that way.”

The Heat won’t have to wear the sleeved jerseys again this season.

Dwyane Wade said the jerseys weren’t the reason Miami lost; both teams had to wear the ugly things, after all.

In his last two games, LeBron James has shot just 15 of 36 from the field (0/6 on three-pointers) since detonating for 61 points against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Despite the NBA claiming that they’d consider getting rid of the unpopular shirts if enough players complained, as always, money talks: commissioner Adam Silver says there’s an “enormous demand” from fans for the garments in stores.