The Warriors on Monday announced they will play three home games this season in jerseys with short sleeves, making Golden State the only team in the league that will wear something other than the traditional tank-top look.
The alternate uniform is scheduled to debut Feb. 22 against the Spurs, a national-TV game on ESPN, and be used again March 8 against the Rockets and March 15 against the Bulls.
The uniforms, designed by adidas, the uniform and apparel provider for the NBA, are made with a stretch fabric that is supposed to allow the same range of motion in the shoulders and arms as traditional jerseys.
“The jersey feels good,” forward Harrison Barnes said at a press conference in Oakland after modeling the new look. “I know a lot of guys shoot with T-shirts on during practice. I do myself. The fit is real easy. It fits like a glove and doesn’t restrict your shooting at all.”
The shorts for the alternate uniforms are also altered, to include blue pinstripes on the yellow material.
“My concern early on was the comfort zone of the players – how did they feel?” coach Mark Jackson said. “I understand how special it is for the league and for adidas, but what we wanted to do is make sure that our players have the best. And once we had an opportunity to practice in it, to shoot around in it, to defend in it, the guys were raving about it. That put a stamp of approval on it.”