Warriors' New Uniforms 2013: Short-Sleeved Jerseys Will Set NBA Fashion Trend

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2013

Sure, it's easy to laugh at the Golden State Warriors' new uniforms now. But NBA fans won't be giggling when all 30 teams are rocking the super-light, tight, short-sleeved jerseys.

The team unveiled the jerseys, which were designed by Adidas, earlier this month to much criticism, as fans on Twitter started mocking the new look right away. 

Matt Phillips takes a shot at the unis and the Trail Blazers:

Offseason Otter 🌹 @patronusisotter

those Warriors uniforms are the worst thing I've ever seen on a basketball court and that includes the Blazers bench.

Kevin Rogers may be onto something here:

Kevin Rogers @VIROGERS

I'm just waiting to see these Tour De France uniforms the Warriors are going to wear tonight.

But while the Warriors have received more than their fair share of criticism for breaking out the new uniforms, they also deserve credit for attempting to start an NBA fashion trend that's sure to take off.

After all, most college players are wearing the tight, short-sleeved shirts under their jerseys already, so it's not exactly a foreign concept to the league's younger players.

It seems that every team in the league making the change to short-sleeved jerseys is a matter of when, not if.

And Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes agrees (via the Los Angeles Times' Dan Loumena):

I think it will be a trend-setter. I think it's something it will take people a little bit of time to get used to, but once they do it'll be good. As long as I'm able to shoot and move, that's all that matters.

I'm not saying that every team every night will be decked out in short sleeves. But soon enough, every team will probably have an alternate short-sleeved jersey to wear throughout the season.

As time passes, styles change. We've seen the NBA go from short shorts to longer shorts, and now, the league is going from big, baggy jerseys to tight-fitting jerseys.

Next up, short sleeves.

As previously mentioned, this trend in college basketball seems to grow every year, as players are opting to show off some muscle without going completely bare-armed. 

With jeans getting skinnier and skinnier and some players wearing lens-less glasses on the way to the arena and in postgame press conferences, is it really that ridiculous to expect the other 29 NBA teams to follow in Golden State's footsteps?

Not at all. 

The Warriors may be the laughingstock of the league right now, but it's only a matter of time before the rest of the NBA catches on. Hey, they have Magic Johnson's support (via Bleacher Report):

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Magic Johnson is a fan of the Warriors' new sleeved jerseys http://t.co/L50AIpCdHM

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