Originally written June 30, 2013 on That NBA Lottery Pick:
Last season, the Golden State Warriors became the first team in NBA history to wear short-sleeve jerseys. Apparently, that trend is going to catch on as at least five NBA teams will be donning the short sleeves next season including the Phoenix Suns. This according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell: An NBA source told ESPN.com that as many as five teams will wear the short-sleeve jerseys as an alternate jersey for as much as 12 games during the season. “We are interested in doing more short-sleeve jerseys when it makes sense,” said Patrik Nilsson, president of adidas North America. Nilsson said Wednesday that adidas is motivated to get more fans wearing jerseys while also innovating the game jersey for the players. The company pays roughly $35 million a year to be the official apparel provider of the league through the 2016-17 season. All teams were offered the option to add this jersey, according to Sal LaRocca, the league’s executive vice president of global merchandising, but LaRocca would not confirm exactly how many teams have committed to it. We here at That NBA Lottery Pick will keep you updated if any of the other four teams are revealed. *** NBA, Adidas to audition “short-sleeve jerseys” [ESPN]
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