The Minnesota Timberwolves debuted black short-sleeved jerseys on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets, joining the likes of the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and Phoenix Suns as teams that will don sleeved uniforms during the 2013-14 season.
According to NBA.com, the latest iteration of the team's black jerseys were designed with the city of Minneapolis in mind:
Designed by adidas, the black short-sleeve uniforms are inspired by the rich, sophisticated nightlife of Minneapolis and continue the black uniform tradition the team began in 1996. It features side panels with repeated “M” and “W” patterns to represent the team name. Timberwolves players were involved throughout the design and evaluation process.
The new jerseys seem to do a nice job of blending the Timberwolves' past with the present. They use the classic typeface and color scheme while embracing a new trend that the league is pushing on fans.
And as we know, the sleeved jersey revolution is just beginning.
The Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, Clippers and Warriors will all wear jerseys of the sleeved variety on Christmas Day.
The Warriors were the first team to rock the sleeved look during the 2012-13 season, and the fad has evolved rapidly since then.
At this point, it feels like it's only a matter of time before every team has at least one version of the league's favorite new fashion statement in its wardrobe.
A few extra dollars in the league's pocket won't hurt, either.