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Photos of the NBA’s sleeved Christmas Day jerseys

Nov 7, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

source:  @UniWatch

source: @UniWatch

The NBA and the fine folks at adidas have gotten more aggressive in their jersey marketing strategy recently, adding a version with sleeves to the rotation last season and expanding that offering to more teams during the current campaign that just began.

Christmas Day is often viewed as the time that the game’s more casual fans begin to pay attention, and that opportunity won’t be wasted as all 10 teams playing on the holiday will be wearing unique versions of the sleeved jerseys for that special occasion.

Some photos circulated on Thursday of what these jerseys would look like, and despite the lack of any official announcement, it’s been confirmed that these are in fact the ones that the teams will wear on December 25.

From Paul Lukas of ESPN.com:

ESPN.com can confirm that photos circulating on the Internet on Thursday are what NBA teams will be wearing on Christmas Day. The jerseys will have sleeves and, more intriguingly, will not have uniform numbers on the front. Instead, they will carry a team logo on the chest, similar to a hockey jersey, with the uniform number moved to the left sleeve. Each player’s name and number will remain on the back, as usual. The overall visual effect is that of a glorified T-shirt.

Several of the jerseys were offered for sale earlier this week by an eBay seller called “erikdeals,” whose listings for the Christmas jerseys included versions for the Bulls, Heat, Nets, Lakers and Thunder, all of whom are playing on Christmas Day. Although erikdeals’ auction listings referred to the jerseys as “warm-ups,” the designs matched the Christmas Day game jerseys shown in a recent adidas catalog obtained by ESPN.com.

It’s purely a commercial enterprise eschewing tradition in favor of these versions, but keep in mind they’ll look a little better on the players in a game situation than they do laid out in these photos.

  1. redsoxchamp11 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    hideous

  2. jhuck92 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Yuck.

    Apart from the sleeves, Nets fans won’t have much to complain about. The black and white logos don’t look good in my opinion.

  3. nextmanup81 - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    A sad attempt by Adidas and the NBA to get fans to buy more basketball apparel, since most people aren’t comfortable wearing sleeveless shirts/jerseys – nor do they want to wear the plain white tee under a sleeveless jersey.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:52 AM

      They look like warmups… I’m holding out hope they’re just the warmups.

  4. wwttww - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Why? Smh.

  5. 32magicman - Nov 7, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    I hope this doesn’t take off. They look awful

  6. antistratfordian - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Ugh. Can’t really hate on the NBA for allowing this though – mo money, mo money, mo money!

  7. rickyspanish - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    I wonder who came up with the idea of sleeved jerseys. I honestly haven’t read anything positive about them.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      Adidas. The NBA will allow (and has allowed) all sorts of different (ugly?) alternate jersey styles if it can make everyone some additional coin.

  8. hildezero - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    If Adidas wants to remove the numbers from the front of the jerseys, then they did a good job by putting them on the sleeves.

  9. themagicfanguy - Nov 8, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    Yuck.

  10. flyrocket31 - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    turr-able

  11. lastdukestreetking - Nov 8, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    I like them. No chance I’ll buy one. Of course, I’ve never bought an NBA jersey of any style.

  12. slevy221 - Nov 8, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    This is awful. Just stop. Why are they moving away from what’s worked for years?

  13. jaxandsky - Nov 8, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    The Warriors have had the short sleeved jersey since last season. It’s not a big deal. If the players don’t mind, I don’t mind

  14. blazophoto - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    OMG..what a relief!
    When I was watching highlights on ESPN and saw these hideous t shirts I thought it was the new uniform for all teams…just found out it was a “Christmas Day” thing.
    Whew!!
    More like “April Fools!”
    Looked hideous and amateurish.
    Looked like a 10-12 yr. old league uniform.
    Just , well, basically, “WRONG” for lack of a better explanation.
    Well, at least it’s just a failed NBA marketing ploy….even if they sell well.
    It just makes men look like boys.
    If somebody in college opts to wear the right sized comfortable t-shirt UNDER his tank top–that’s his prerogative…but just looks overall way too “just not right” for the NBA.

    Oh, wait….I finally thought of THE word for these ridiculous things….”Heinous!”

    Haven’t used that one in a while.

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