Is LeBron James Going To Force The NBA To Do Away With Their Short-Sleeve Jerseys?
Since the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, the NBA has been making a big push to try and get their fans and players excited about their new short-sleeve jerseys. And so far, a lot of fans have gotten on board with the idea of wearing the jerseys. They’ve sold well in stores and online for the league. So the thought is that fans like the short-sleeve jerseys, which gives the NBA the incentive to continue making them and, more importantly, making their players wear them. Just one problem, though: It doesn’t sound like all of their players are in favor of wearing them.
Specifically, LeBron James is not happy about the fact that he has to occasionally wear the jerseys. According to him, they affect his ability to shoot the ball and throw a glitch into his shot. At least, that’s what he said after the Miami Heat lost to the San Antonio Spurs last night.
“I’m not making excuses,” said James, who shot just 6-for-18 from the field during the game, “but I’m not a big fan of the jerseys. 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.”
James’ opinion on the jerseys could go a long way, too. While it’s one thing for someone like, say, Robin Lopez to complain about the jerseys (which he did back on Christmas Day), it’s another thing for the best player in the NBA to complain about them. Because when he does it, the NBA has to listen. And they very well could decide to do away with the jerseys if LeBron complains a lot more.
But at the moment, we don’t think the NBA should do away with them just yet. We’re still not sold on them being a viable option for players to wear every night. But we think that, occasionally, they’re a good look and they give the NBA another source of revenue. So the league should stick with them for another year or so and see what players think then. If guys like LeBron are still complaining about them in another year, they should probably seriously consider doing away with them. But until then, it’s still too early to give them the boot just yet.