Adidas yesterday introduced new lightweight uniforms for the Golden State Warriors. These unis are notable because a) the shorts don’t match the jerseys at all, b) they are 26 percent lighter than other NBA uniforms, and c) the jerseys have sleeves.
Golden State Warriors Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack, and Harrison Barnes wear the sleeves. (Photo by Brant Ward, SF Chronicle)
For much of its history, James Naismith’s game has been played in sleeveless tops. Before the Warriors introduced their new outfits yesterday the one major exception to the no-sleeves rule was the University of Evansville Purple Aces.
My University of Evansville Purple Aces.
There was a time in the late 1990s when, before Aces home games, the crew at Evansville’s Roberts Stadium played a reading of an ode to Evansville’s sleeved jerseys, written by former Purple Ace Scott Shreffler:
It is an honor, indeed, to wear the sleeves; an honor that only a select few will achieve.
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