It’s a good thing that the Cleveland Cavaliers are not among the NBA teams with sleeved jerseys. If no, Cavaliers guard Jarrett Jack might have been inclined to cut them off. In an article by Jodie Valverde of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Jack had some choice words for the sleeved jerseys which he wore as a member of the Golden State Warriors a year ago.
“We’re like the Beach Police,” Jack told the paper. “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.”
While noting that the jerseys affected his performance, Jack said their was an easy solution: Have each jersey custom tailored for each individual player.
“It wouldn’t take long,” 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.
“What if they both put on 2XL,” Jack posited. “It’s going to be baggy on KD, but it’s going to be skintight on Bron’s arms.”
While Jack isn’t the only player to complain about the jerseys, he is the first Cavalier to do so – at least publicly. And while the NBA has said they will not continue using the jersey’s if enough players complained, Adidas executives have said that the jerseys are selling well. The NBA has used the jerseys on Christmas Day, as well as Latin Night. They were also used on All-Star Weekend and the Boston Celtics will were special sleeved jerseys for St. Patricks Day.