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No, this is not a photoshopped picture. This is Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors rookie and ambassador for the biggest style change to NBA jerseys perhaps ever.
On Feb. 22, against the most old-school of basketball teams on the planet — the ageless Tim Duncan and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs — the Warriors will become the first NBA team in the modern era to sport sleeved jerseys.
Why? The reasons are twofold, and the first comes to us by way of Buzzfeed.
The jerseys, which Adidas calls the “adizero NBA short sleeve uniform system,” are 26 percent lighter than current NBA jerseys (which are already very, very light). 60 percent of the jerseys are made from recycled material, according to the Mercury News. Adidas hopes the jerseys will catch on and eventually become the league standard.
It definitely seems counter-intuitive that a jersey with more material than the standard sleeveless look would actually weigh less. But hey, if a dude can jump out of a spacecraft and land back on Earth alive, certainly sleeved jerseys can be made possible, right?
Further, think of how many times you’ve been on the bus or subway or at your local gym and you have had to deal with a guy who has squeezed himself into a sleeveless jersey far too small for him?
Wouldn’t it have just been better to see that same guy in a sleeved uni? Well, now the NBA is providing that public service. Sleeved jerseys will be selling for a cool $110 a pop. Of course, that is a little pricey, however, should they catch on, bootlegs are sure to follow. At that point, all the people who should never be spotted wearing anything sleeveless outdoors will hopefully be saved from themselves.