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Report: Lakers will be among the teams wearing short-sleeved jerseys next season

Aug 20, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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We’ve known for a little while now that the short-sleeved jerseys the Golden State Warriors experimented with last season would be expanded to more teams for the upcoming season.

And, we heard a couple of weeks ago via HoopsWorld’s Steve Kyler that as many as 20 teams would wear them at least once, including all 10 that will be a part of the NBA’s Christmas Day lineup.

We now have word that the Lakers will be among those entering this brave new world of fashion.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

The Lakers will wear short-sleeve jerseys next season in “several” games, according to a team source.

The jerseys will be white, the same color as the alternative uniforms the Lakers introduced for the 2002-03 season and traditionally wears on Sundays.

No word yet on if the short-sleeved edition will completely take over the tradition of the Sunday whites, but it’s clear that the league’s uniform outfitter, adidas, is getting more than a fair shot to convince the apparel-buying public that these jerseys are in fact the trnd of the future.

For fans that don’t like the new look and want it gone as soon as possible, there’s a very simple way to make that happen: Don’t buy any of the short-sleeved jerseys. But if sales numbers of the sleeved jerseys outperform those of replica ones sold in years’ past, then you can bet that the sleeved look will be something that’s here to stay.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Gotta do something to distract from the product on the court.

  2. motobus - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    trnd could be a trendy neologism for trend

  3. schroedernexus - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Zzzzzzzzzzz

  4. rj2323 - Aug 20, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    They look better

  5. asimonetti88 - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    This sucks! I still don’t like that the Lakers wear white jerseys 10 years later haha… they need to keep the classic look!

  6. shanelsweet - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    That guy in the photo had me wondering when did JaVale become a Laker?

    • trevorcolby - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      This is Elias Harris shown at NBA Summer League. He played for the Lakers there and got signed after a good summer League.

  7. rushbacker - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    Because they just aren’t selling enough merchandise as it is now. . . gotta squeeze out some extra nickels.

  8. jimsjam33 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    The Lakers are in shambles . A lousy team , poor management , and now little league uniforms . The Lakers are suppose to be giants in the basketball world . You don’t change uniforms if your a giant . Can you imagine the Yankee’s trading in their pin stripes or the Dodgers changing their home and road uniforms ? No! You stupid idiots . Leave the Laker uniforms alone and change the team instead !

    • ron05342 - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Actually, the Dodgers did change to those awful all blue jerseys a few years back.

      Don’t see them anymore. Wonder why……………

  9. 00maltliquor - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    This is *#%!ing stupid! I thought the Lakers would be above this. God, why did it have to be Jerry, not Jimmy?

    • badintent - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Bring back the short shorts, but not this ! Oh, the horror

      • 00maltliquor - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        As much as I hate the skin-tight sleeve jerseys, I’d take them 11 times out of 10 vs. the short shorts! No way brotha!

      • jimeejohnson - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Pound a couple of malt liquors and you won’t care about what the guys wear unless you’re a chick.

      • badintent - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        HA. Will try with that with a Tequila Sunrise.

  10. Jacob Perez - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Sales won’t decline because fans that believe this will be short-lived are going to buy for the uniqueness and soon-rare value…

    Unless of course the “trnd” picks up and everyone just buys to match the look. Either way a win for merchandise.

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Don’t bet on it being that short lived.

      If you’re trying to sell advertising on jerseys having sleeves gives you a good spot for it without being obtrusive. Just wait.

  11. roanboon - Aug 21, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    I’d be curious to see some outside shooting percentage stats comparing games with the sleeves vs those without.

    • adamsjohn714 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      The warriors’ numbers on this issue can be found. Personally, there isn’t enough of a sample size to glean any info for me. That new ball they experimented with a few years ago improved shooting, though.

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