Few things in sports are as divisive as alternate jerseys. Some fans think they are fresh and exciting, while other fans decry them as garish, a hollow attempt by sports leagues to peddle more merchandise.
The NBA has long been an advocate of alternate jerseys, and it would seem that their "sleeve look" has yet run its course.
More sleeves! Sleeves for all!
This lineup of sleeved jerseys comes after last season's hideous Golden State Warriors alternates and the recently-unveiled lineup of Christmas jerseys.
So what should we make of these new jerseys? A few observations:
- The green Chicago jersey looks virtually identical to the Celtics jersey. Those two teams better not wear these jerseys at the same time—it would be the end of basketball as we know it, and could possibly rip the fabric of the space-time continuum.
- Those Brooklyn Nets jerseys seem to be modeled after the old Brooklyn Dodgers. The Brooklyn Dodgers were founded in 1884 and didn't win a World Series until 1955. Perhaps they aren't the best of role models.
- Nearly half of these jerseys are of the "Hispanic heritage" variety. Does the league believe that Spanish-speaking NBA fans are bigger fans of uniforme del baloncesto con mangas?
One thing seems clear: Whether you like them or not, the sleeved jerseys are here to stay.