I understand we’ve beaten this topic to death, but since Damian Lillard has an opinion on the NBA’s new pride and joy, we’ll revisit it.
The league is getting closer to adopting sleeved uniforms on a more permanent basis. Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed that during his All-Star press conference in New Orleans last month.
We reported in January that the league would mandate that each team’s heritage jerseys be converted to sleeved to start the 2014-15 NBA season off. For the Portland Trail Blazers, that means their popular “Rip City” uniforms will become sleeved as so the case with Detroit’s “Motor City” unis.
It’s coming, sooner rather than later. And Lillard, who got a taste of the sleeved experience during All-Star Weekend, is not a fan.
“If I had to pick, I’d rather play in a regular jersey,” he told CSNNW.com. “Out of respect for the game, man. That’s how it’s been played, with cut-off jerseys. Sleeved jerseys, I don’t think it made a huge difference [in performance] but I’m not a fan of it. I rather play with cut-offs.”
So strictly due to history and tradition, Lillard sees no reason to modify jerseys into tight-fitted shirts.
“It’s the way it’s been,” he said. “Why try to change it especially if a lot of guys are not a fan of the look?"
Are you a fan of the look in general?
“No,” he promptly responded. “I like how it’s cut into a V-neck but I would rather they keep the jerseys cut-offs.”
Well, there you have it. You may reconvene whatever you were doing prior to reading this.