The Golden State Warriors have revolutionized the aesthetics of the NBA. Oakland's team, with the help of the Adidas brand, break with tradition and have incorporated new NBA sleeved uniforms.
The Warriors will debut the sleeved uniforms on Feb. 22 at a home game against the San Antonio Spurs and March 8 against the Houston Rockets and the 15th of the same month against the Chicago Bulls.
Previously, the sleeves were left aside in basketball because many thought that they would hinder the movement of the players. Adidas claims that this will not happen with its new model. According to a report from Mercury News on Feb. 11, the sleeves give the arms full mobility.
"Adidas said its research revealed was most important to players. They come with the ever-popular moisture-absorbing feature. The sleeves are made with stretch fabric that wraps 360 degrees around the shoulder to ensure full range of motion, because anyone who has played basketball knows how a T-shirt's sleeve can interfere with a jumper."
Furthermore, both shirt and shorts have been modified so that the total weight of the uniform is decreased by 26%.
It is possible that the universities of Indiana, Louisville, UCLA, Kansas and Baylor will also join in on wearing the sleeved uniforms. And, if the new products are successful, Adidas could transfer the model to other teams for next season.
In addition to its benefits for sports, Adidas says the sleeved uniforms allow people to represent their team in more settings.
For now, the NBA sleeved uniforms which are called "swingman," will cost about $110, about $40 more than the traditional replicas.