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Shirt Tales: Warriors Unveil New Alternate Jerseys That Include Sleeves
Published February 12, 2013
WILL THEY IMPACT PERFORMANCE? YAHOO SPORTS' Dan Devine wrote from a "player's perspective, how the new jerseys and shorts feel on the court would seem to be of paramount importance." Warriors F Harrison Barnes, who modeled the new jersey, said he is "able to shoot and move" in it. He said that players will "like the new unis once they 'take ... a little bit of time to get used to' them." Devine wrote a lot of "guys will probably need more than just Barnes' testimonial to convince them that the sleeves won't restrict their range of motion on stuff like jumpers and raising up for rebounds" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/11). Barnes acknowledged he initially was concerned about the jerseys because he thought they "were going to be like a short-sleeved T-shirt." Barnes: "I had my reservations, but just to be wearing the uniform and just being able to play in it, you really don’t notice anything different" ("Chronicle Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 2/11). But NBA TV’s Dennis Scott said, "I’m waiting to see what Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have to say about it. As a shooter, I don’t want anything on my shoulders” ("NBA GameTime," NBA TV, 2/11). SI.com's Ben Golliver wrote the Warriors get credit for "swinging big, but you can bet the resistance to the new designs will be fierce in a league that’s long preferred jerseys that throw back to the good old days." Golliver: "We know exactly what’s getting blamed the next time someone suffers through a 4-for-18 shooting night" (SI.com, 2/11). ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser said, “I like the look … but if their shooting percentages go off by this (tiny amount), they will burn these things, even though the fabric is lighter and they look really good.” ESPN's Michael Wilbon: “You know what’s lighter than this? That jersey without the sleeves. ... I think it’s going to last for half a game” (“PTI,” ESPN, 2/11).
TRYING TO BREAK THROUGH THE CLUTTER: Oakland Tribune columnist Monte Poole said the Warriors with the jerseys are “trying to attract attention," something the team has "been trying to do since they got here.” Poole said the Warriors “realize that this team has almost been invisible for 20 years," so they are going to do "whatever they can do” to draw notice. Poole said Warriors co-Owner Peter Guber “is a huge Hollywood guy." Poole: "He understands the show, what a marquee means, what neon is good for, so he’s going to do everything he can to try and attract attention to this franchise.” But CSNBayArea.com's Ray Ratto said, “I’m unclear on everything but one thing: Why they actually did this? They want to sell product, that’s all this is" ("Chronicle Live," Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, 2/11).
SIGN OF THINGS TO COME? ESPN.com's Paul Lukas wrote if the NBA "revives its now-postponed plan to add advertising patches to the league's uniforms, the sleeves will offer some handy real estate for patch placement." Could that be the "real reason behind this new jersey format?" (ESPN.com, 2/11). Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Matt Mullin wrote, "I'm not convinced this is the future of NBA uniforms, but people may have felt the same way when ... Michael Jordan decided he needed bigger, longer shorts so he had something to grab onto when bending over to catch his breath" (PHILLY.com, 2/11).