The NBA recently unveiled the sleeved jerseys that players will wear in this year's All-Star Game, and Miami Heat forward LeBron James has already voiced his displeasure with the new designs, per B/R's Ethan Skolnick:
LeBron's reaction to All-Star jerseys: "Whatever. I'm not a big fan of the sleeved jerseys, but whatever."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 18, 2014
Designed by adidas, the uniforms are inspired by New Orleans' rich and unique culture, featuring vibrant Mardi Gras colors and shiny brass and silver accents on a short-sleeved silhouette. The NBA All-Star logo appears on the chest of the blue "East" and red "West" jerseys in the shape of the fleur-de-lis, the official symbol of Louisiana, with a purple "W" or green "E" cut out to identify the conference of each player.
Much like the uniforms players donned on Christmas Day, this year's All-Star threads appear to be the next step in the evolution of the sleeved jersey.
More NBA All-Star leaks, this time showing the West jersey: pic.twitter.com/rv25isyUkr— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) January 16, 2014
And while James may not be thrilled with the look, it's worth noting that he played well when the Miami Heat modeled red jerseys of the sleeved variety in a 101-95 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas. James recorded 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, eight rebounds and four assists in the win.
Of course, this isn't the first time James has spoken out against the league's newest fashion trend. Prior to his team's debut in the holiday duds, James noted that he was concerned with how the shirts would affect his teammates' performance:
LEBRON: "I can’t have my shooters out there worrying about some sleeves and not shooting the ball.”— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) December 21, 2013
As a team, the Heat shot 51.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three back on Dec. 25. For context's sake, Miami entered Saturday night shooting a league-leading 50.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from beyond the arc, a mark which ranked No. 7 overall.
The 2014 NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16, and James is expected to be named a starter when each conference's starting five is revealed on Thursday, Jan. 23.