Let me preface this piece by stating that I am not a shill for the Golden State Warriors management or a contrarian who contrares (not a word) for no reason.
As for opinions and expert fashion analysis... I LIKE THESE JERSEYS!
Or whatever they are.
Now, I won't go into a point-for-point refutation of Ivan's post—he makes excellent points against the sleeves and the direction of the jerseys themselves. This isn't so much about the jerseys as the Warriors becoming the first in the NBA to do something, anything about the budding future of uniforms.
I'm not sure if this was what they were going for when Rick Welts interrupted the meeting to sign the okay for the jerseys, but it's comforting to know that management is spurring the team in a certain direction: the cutting-edge innovators of the NBA.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. They aren't the Oregon Ducks, nor are these shirt/jersey/tanktops going to give them a brand-new wing slasher and healthy ankles. But I'm pretty certain I saw more SportsCenter coverage on the Warriors yesterday than I've seen in my lifetime. You ask, who cares what other people think? I guess that's true, to an extent. But it's always nice to see your team get a little recognition—for non-moped incidents—now and again.
As for the uniforms themselves, there's no witty breakdown I can add. The shorts look like Reggie Miller's Indiana Pacers are making a comeback, and the jerseys are way too tight on a team without a single player with a muscle-builder physique. It would take three of Stephen Curry's biceps to add up to LeBron James'.
It isn't without it's sheer awesomeness, however. The jersey itself fits nicely and gives off a type of Team USA-esque snugness. The Golden Gate Bridge sits nicely in the background of the Warriors logo itself on the top of the shirt. Looks like a nice Instagram picture. Now what filter should I use?
But the real problem appears to just be the sleeves. Those weird-looking sleeves that cover the armpits but not nearly the entire arm or bicep are as awkward as a Steph Curry one-legged floater. But what's the issue here? Is change that bad, in this case, perhaps a bit overstated? If there's no discomfort for the players themselves, this new sleek look can't possibly be the worst thing in the world. The team itself shouldn't be confined to a stringent set of "jersey and shorts regulations". No Armani-styled stuff for me, thanks. Ugly? Maybe. Doing too much? Maybe. Daring and willingness to think outside the box and perhaps a pioneer for new uniforms? Absolutely.
The Warriors management obviously has a vision, and has capitalized on the team's success (also a product of their vision by signing key bench players and a good draft) to introduce a new brand of Dubs basketball.
Throw in the fact that they'll just be wearing these in three games for the rest of the season, the beloved "City" jerseys won't be going anywhere.
The Golden State Warriors are at the forefront of the NBA jersey game, if that's a thing. That's better than making the news for Tank City.
Next year, let's get these guys in hoodies playing in China.