Adidas is pushing the sports fashion envelope for the Golden State Warriors. The athletic brand has designed a short sleeved jersey for the team to wear on Friday, February 22 when they take on the San Antonio Spurs. Traditionally, players wear tank top style jerseys but the technology allows the short sleeve style to be lighter than the tank.
According to Adidas, the uniform (including shorts) is made with 60% recycled material and ClimaCool venaliation and is more than 20% lighter than the regular uniforms.
Lawrence Norman, VP of Global Adidas Basketball stated:
Lightweight is a characteristic athletes have been asking for from sneakers to uniforms. They believe lighter is faster and we agree. Players are already wearing compression shirts under their jerseys. If you look at colleges, there’s a lot of college players wearing shirts under their jerseys. Rec players are wearing t-shirts instead of tanks. There is a legitimate trend in the marketplace.”
He also added:
Players on every court like to have a unique sense of style,” said Lawrence Norman, vice president, adidas global basketball. “We were excited to work side-by-side for the last 18 months with the Warriors, one of the NBA’s youngest and most exciting teams, to develop this unique uniform system that helps maintain peak player performance while ensuring comfort, fit and style.”
Golden State wont be the only team to wear the alternate jersey. Adidas is in discussions with 5-10 teams (unnamed of course) about adopting the new jerseys. Not to fret, fans will also have an opportunity to wear the short sleeve jerseys as well. The jerseys are available for pre-sell on NBAStore.com and Warriorsteamstore.com
Peep pics of the Swingman jersey below.
The team will also wear the jerseys March 8 vs the Houston Rockets and March 15 vs the Chicago Bulls.
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