Not only do the NBA's sleeved jerseys look bad, according to some players and lots of fans, a few players admitted Wednesday that the jerseys were also uncomfortable.
LeBron James had a strong game in the Heat's victory over the Lakers, a 101-95 Miami victory highlighted by some amazing dunks. But as Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel notes, James was just 1 of 8 on jump shots. The reigning MVP said he would ask for a bigger jersey the next time the Heat wear sleeves.
"It's definitely a different feeling," James said. "Every time I shot I felt a little tug."
James' Miami teammates said the jerseys got heavier than usual when sweaty.
In New York, Knicks guard Beno Udrih was visibly flustered by the jersey. After badly missing a three-point attempt, he was seen pulling on the sleeves of his jersey. Udrih played 30 minutes and scored just two points on 1 for 6 shooting.
"Personally [the short-sleeved jersey] bothered me and my shot," Udrih said, via the Wall Street Journal. "On a normal shot I'm used to getting my shoulder and elbow up [unhindered]."
Udrih, normally a reserve, was starting for the Knicks because of injuries to Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni.
Of course, not everyone was thrown off by the sleeves. New York's opponent on Wednesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder, shot 53.6 percent from the field in a blowout victory over the Knicks. Despite James' jump-shooting woes, the Heat managed to shoot 51.3 percent from the field, which is almost exactly their season average.
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