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Jarrett Jacks wants sleeved jerseys tailored specifically for individual players

Mar 16, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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During the All-Star weekend festivities in New Orleans, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the sleeved jerseys, which have received more than their fair share of criticism, have had no competitive impact on the outcomes of games.

But if players really have a legitimate problem with them, or even if there is a pervasive belief that they are negatively impacting performance, it’s something he would have to look at changing.

“If players believe it has any impact whatsoever on the competition, even if it’s just a perception, we need to deal with it,” Silver said.

At this rate, he will need to deal with it. Players continue to complain, as LeBron James did for the second time this season after losing to the Spurs.

Jarrett Jack, now toiling away in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers, was with the Warriors last year as part of the first group to wear the short-sleeved jerseys. And being a self-appointed authority on the matter, Jack says that the players would stop complaining if they had the jerseys individually tailored for a better, customized fit.

From Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

That’s why Jack has a suggestion for anyone listening in the NBA’s merchandising department: Get individual player measurements and tailor the sleeved jerseys to each player.

It seems as if that would be a hefty undertaking, but Jack counters that if the league already has provided some players with tighter jerseys (see Houston’s Dwight Howard), it wouldn’t be that much of a leap to tailor jerseys to each 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.”

It’s an idea worth considering, but a player could also simply go up a size if indeed he felt the sleeves were too restrictive.

Silver will surely look at all options, especially if sales numbers on the jerseys continue to exceed expectations. But it’s a bad look for the game’s biggest stars to continually gripe about them, even if the numbers say there’s been no negative impact made by the sleeves on a league-wide basis.

“We know that shooting percentages are virtually exactly the same for games in which we have sleeved jerseys and teams in which the guys are wearing conventional jerseys,” Silver said. “So I’m pretty comfortable from a competitive standpoint that it’s having no impact.”

Even so, Jack would like to see them disappear altogether simply due to aesthetic preference.

“We’re like the Beach Police,” Jack said. “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.”

  1. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    They might as well quit whining about them. Sleeves sell, and provide more room for ads. If the numbers show they don’t affect the game, there’s no way the league is letting it go. And just wait til they decide to drop the long-legged look on the players.

  2. tampajoey - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    They look stupid. Like I really want to see a bunch of fat fans stuffed into these tight form fitting jerseys like a sausage,

  3. rushbacker - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:04 PM


  4. dougmanoh - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    That’s hilarious. Beach police! Haha.

  5. mackcarrington - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    That would probably lead to guys wanting to have their own personal tailors.

  6. spyder9669 - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    If your employer tells you to wear a short sleeved shirt to do your job, you shut the hell up and wear the shirt. Overpaid crybabies.

  7. sumkat - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    i don’t like them at all, and think they look dumb. But if the league tells you to wear them, shut up and wear them

    That being said….they aren’t custom fit? All the money the NBA has, and they really can’t size guys for a jersey real quick? This is just something I would of thought would of been done on principal

  8. JMClarkent - Mar 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Jarrett Jacks = Liam Neesons?

  9. campcouch - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    I don’t even notice them because I’m watching the game. Besides,these guys wear full body compression suits,body armor,kevlar pads…even this old pic of Jack shows him wearing capris or some kind of compression shorts with calf length pads? A lot of these guys wore t-shirts in college under their jerseys (out of choice). Apparently it didn’t affect his clutch shot looking at his picture.

  10. program33 - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Which is what I said a long time ago. Players should be provided the option to have the t shirt tailored. But honestly it still would be a pain in the neck to some ball players not matter what. For some it’s an annoying distraction. Remember, growing up many ball players played for hours without wearing ‘any’ shirt at all. Shirts and skins baby…lol

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