LeBron James hates them. So does Mark Cuban. But Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack has the best perspective on those sleeved jerseys NBA players have been wearing.
“We’re like the beach police,” Jack told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “You know those police who are on the beach with those bikes? They’ve got those little shirts with the shorts? That’s what we look like. Like we about to give somebody a citation.”
James, who said they bind and inhibit his shooting, was highly critical after a 6-of-18 performance in sleeves recently. “I’m not making excuses, but I’m not a big fan of the jerseys,” James told reporters. “Every time I shoot it feels like it’s just pulling right up underneath my arm. I already don’t have much room for error on my jump shot. It’s definitely not a good thing.”
Cuban “hated them,” telling ESPN Dallas.com last December: “I just thought it made our guys look more like a high school wrestling team or a college wrestling team.”
Jack, who said the shirts feel “snug” in the armpit region, suggested that perhaps the NBA could just get do a little needlework.
“It wouldn’t take long [to custom-fit them],” he said. “If you went and got everybody’s measurements, it’d take five minutes. And you made those jerseys specific to everybody’s exact needs, it’d save everyone headaches.”
Maybe. But it might be more trouble than it’s worth.