The Golden State Warriors’ new alternate uniforms were designed by adidas to be lightweight, breathable and flexible. The Oakland-based team calls them an “innovative system to allow for optimal performance on the court.”
Oh, and they have short sleeves.
That last feature marks a revolution in NBA team fashion, and it has been generating some interesting discussion on Twitter and elsewhere online following the unveiling of the uniforms at a press event today. Other NBA uniforms and most modern men’s basketball jerseys are tank tops. ESPN reports that the Warriors will be the first team in the NBA to play in sleeves.
The Warriors will wear the jerseys on the court for the first time Feb. 22. They won’t replace the team’s primary uniforms. The sleeved jerseys are part of the Warriors’ alternate uniforms, and they’ll only be worn occasionally.
Deadspin has some interesting perspective on the uniforms. Early reviews by Warriors fans and others have been largely negative and occasionally funny. Here’s a look at what’s being said about the uniforms online as well as some additional photos.