The sleeved jerseys that NBA fans love to hate may be coming to an end after the 2016-17 season.

Adidas announced Monday it wouldnot attempt to renew its 11-year, $400 million apparel deal with the NBA when the current contract expires at the end of the 2016-2017 season. While that is two years away, the news has prompted many spectators to wonder about the future of the poorly-selling, oft-trashed jerseys.

Paul Lukas, the notable sports uniform blogger, thinks there is a chance the NBA will do away with the sleeves.

"It's worth keeping in mind that Nike and Under Armour are just as capable of producing a sleeved jersey as Adidas is. Still, Adidas has made the sleeved look part of its signature style in recent years, not just in the NBA but in the NCAA, as well. When the company leaves the NBA, the hunch here is that the sleeves will probably leave, as well -- unless the league ends up wanting to put corporate advertising patches on the sleeves."

The jerseys have been trashed by fans and players, like LeBron James, who say the jerseys affect their motions.

"It's definitely a different feeling," James said in 2013. "Every time I shot I felt a little tug."

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki wasn't a fan either.


One of the primary reasons for the sleeved jerseys was retail potential, but reports indicate they weren't living up to expectations.

The NBA will most likely receive lucrative offers from Nike and Under Armour, but there's a chance fans may not be able to see the new uniforms in 2017. That's because the NBA's CBA ends in 2017 and, if past negotiations are any indication, there may be another labor stoppage.

The line between high fashion and preschool art is closing, fast.

Houston Rockets star James Harden, who many believe is the frontrunner for this season's NBA MVP award, donned a shirt Sunday that appeared to have been drawn on by numerous toddlers.

Twitter's fashion police were quick to jump on this questionable wardrobe decision:






Harden is no amateur when it comes to dressing well, and he even took part in the NBA's first All-Star weekend fashion show. But wearing something like this takes some confidence, and Harden certainly has that.

The 25-year-old is second in the NBA with an average of 27 points and is the main reason why Houston is averaging 103. He was instrumental in Houston's victory on Sunday over the Clippers, tallying 34 points and going 17-of-18 from the free throw line as the Rockets picked up a big win in Harden's hometown of Los Angeles.

In the 90s, the Reebok Pump was one of the most popular sneakers in the world. Shaquille O'Neal, Dominique Wilkins, Allen Iverson and Michael Chang were among the athletes pumping it up. To mark the occasion of the Pump turning 25, Reebok is releasing a new version of the shoe that has some tweaks in how the inflation process works.

Sneaker expert Jacques Slade joins the panel on this episode of "The Rundown," a collaboration between TYT Sports and ThePostGame, to discuss the latest with the Pump as well as its historical context and impact.

Next month, SCP Auctions will sell off a pair of Michael Jordan game-worn sneakers from his rookie season in 1984. But the interesting story is actually how the current owner came into their possession.

According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, Khalid Ali was a 15-year-old ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers in 1984. That December, the Bulls came to town.

Ali remembers asking Jordan during pre-game warmups if he could have the pair of shoes he was wearing. Jordan explained that those were just warm-up shoes, and that he would be switching into a different pair during the game.

Sure enough, Jordan changed into a pair of white-and-red basketball shoes. Those shoes would later be known as the first line of Air Jordan shoes.

After the game, Ali found Jordan in the locker room and asked for the shoes. Jordan complied, even autographing the pair.

Thirty years later, Ali is putting them up for sale. He says the decision to sell wasn't hard because he didn't think about the shoes all that much. They are the only collectible he has from his years as a ballboy -- he never received any similar gifts from any of the Lakers players. For years, Ali said the shoes just sat in his mom's closet, gathering dust.

A representative of SCP Auctions believes the shoes could fetch more than $50,000 at auction. Another pair of Jordan sneakers worn during his rookie season sold for $31,070 in 2013.

That same year, the shoes Jordan wore during his now-famous "Flu Game" sold for a whopping $104,765. Amazingly, those shoes were also owned by a former ballboy.

The star of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao press conference was not one of the fighters.

No, the man who gained the most publicity from the boxers' Los Angeles meeting with the media was someone who most sports fans had never heard of before Wednesday.

Richard Sturm, the President of Entertainment and Sports for MGM International, stole the show. Specifically, Sturm's luscious hair set off a Twitter firestorm.

Here's why:



As one can imagine, the memes to come out of the press conference were as funny as they were numerous.








Anyone who follows boxing knows the sport is full of hype and hot air, and while it would be nice to believe Sturm's hair is the real deal, there were some naysayers on Twitter.


Sturm knows a thing or two about theatrics. He's scored numerous big ticket acts for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is considered responsible for booking Barbara Streisand in 1993 after her 20-year absence.

Here's to hoping Sturm doesn't get a haircut before May 2.

LeBron James has tweaked his look and people are freaking out.

The four-time NBA MVP has been playing without his signature accessory, a headband, and fans are having trouble coming to terms with his new appearance.






James has, of course, played without the accessory before. Most notably he dominated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals after his headband was knocked off. But this week was the first time James had ever started a regular season game without the headband.


James ditched the headband in the Cavaliers previous game, on Mar. 7 against the Phoenix Suns. He started the Suns' game with the headband but came in in the second quarter without it.

"Just happened, spur (of the moment), just took it off," James told reporters afterwards.

As for why he's doing it, no one is really sure. Either he doesn't have a good reason or he's keeping it quiet from reporters.


It should be mentioned that James' hairline has been receding for several years, and some fans theorized that he was keeping the headband as a way of maintaining a youthful look. Here's what James looked like as a rookie without the headband; we'll let you decide if he appears as though he's aged well.


For what it's worth, Cleveland coach David Blatt is on board with the new look.

"I've never been a headband guy," Blatt said following his squad's victory over Phoenix, "but I'm so old school."

James played well in his first full game without the headband, leading all scorers with 27 points and also passing Mark Price for sole possession of the Cavaliers' career assists record.

Via Deadspin, here's a throwback to James' first NBA preseason game, on Oct. 7, 2003, when he also declined to wear a headband.

Despite some suggestions that he should turn pro, standout Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will return to Columbus for at least one more year.

But Elliott won't look the same in 2015. The NCAA in a recent ruling outlawed jersey styles like the one Elliott preferred, a crop-top esque look that revealed his impressive abs.


Elliott has told reporters he liked the look of the rolled-up jersey, but he wore it like that for more practical purposes.

“I don’t like how long the jerseys are,” Elliott said. “I don’t want people to be able to grab onto me.”

Here's the NCAA's official rule change:

"Officials will treat illegal equipment issues – such as jerseys tucked under the shoulder pads or exposed back pads – by making the player leave the field for at least one play. The equipment must be corrected for the player to return to the game. The player may remain in the game if his team takes a timeout to correct the equipment issue."

Elliott wasn't happy about the ruling and he made light of it by retweeting some humorous messages on Twitter:




It appears as though we'll find out if Elliott's jersey fashion did affect opponents' tackling. Whatever the reason for his elusiveness, Elliott emerged as a star over the course of the 2014 season. As a sophomore Elliott rushed for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns. And he saved his best performance for last, racking up 246 yards and four touchdowns in Ohio State's championship game victory over Oregon.

It's a horrible pun, but it's true: The Left Shark crazy has officially jumped the shark.

After striking down the attempts of others to cash in on the Internet craze that is Left Shark, Katy Perry has churned out an opportunistic product of her own.

You -- yes, you -- can now own your very own Left Shark onesize, courtesy of Katy Perry's online store.

This iconic item covers you top to bottom and is available for the low introductory price of $130 -- an absolute bargain if you're an heir to the Hilton fortune or a member of Forbes' recently published list of billionaires.

Easily the best feature of this onesie is that, according to the pictures, you can zip up your head-hole to completely envelop your body in Left Shark.

That's right -- it doubles as a body bag.

It wasn't hard to see something on this order coming down the pike, considering that Katy Perry's legal team filed a trademark to Left Shark just five days after her Super Bowl performance. Her representatives went so far as to send cease-and-desist letters to people selling Left Shark products online.

Still, it's a bit sickening to imagine how many people will leap at this opportunity.

Perry will be roaring all the way to the bank.


From the Super Bowl performance:

An enormous statue and a personal museum aren't enough for Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 30-year-old Real Madrid striker apparently needs a wax sculpture of himself, and he needs that sculpture to look as pristine as he does.

Specifically, Ronaldo is concerned with the silky locks of his wax figurine. A member of Madrid's wax museum, where Ronaldo's figure has been on display, told a local radio station about the unusual work that goes into maintaining the sculpture's look.


"Cristiano told us to be sure his figure was perfect," Gonzalo Presa told Cadena Ser Catalunya. "He sent his own hairstylist to brush his figure once a month. Cristiano's hair is natural. It is not a wig and it comes from India."

Talk about vanity. Among American athletes perhaps only Alex Rodriguez, who reportedly has a painting of himself as a centaur, can match Ronaldo's inflated sense of self.

Of course, a hairstylist for a wax figurine is something you can afford if you earn $80 million per year.

It must be nice to be friends with LeBron James.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar has demonstrated his generosity in a number of ways, and the most recent beneficiary of the King's hospitality is Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho.

Ronaldinho, one of the leaders of Brazil's 2002 World Cup championship, posted a photo to his Twitter page of one of James' signature watches from his collaboration with Audemars Piguet.


The Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph comes with an 18-karat pink gold case, black ceramic and diamond set push pieces and a hand-stitched gray crocodile strap. James' signature is printed in blue on the sapphire crystal in the back of the watch. All told, the watch retails for around $60,000.

"Anytime I do anything or have a partnership with anyone that has my name on it, I like to have a lot of personal trace in it," James said when the partnership with Audemars Piguet was announced.

Only 600 of these watches were produced, so it's a big deal that James gave one to Ronaldinho. James has expressed his love for soccer before, and he was even at the World Cup final in Brazil. Perhaps this is an early birthday present for the 2005 Ballon d'Or winner, who will turn 35 on March 21.

Ronaldinho has made quite an impression on James and another NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant. Bryant, who met the man nicknamed "Gaúcho" in 2013, told reporters that Ronaldinho was his kids' favorite soccer player.

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