lost to the Bulls
while wearing their sleeved jerseys. (Rocky Widner/Getty Images)
By Ben Golliver
The Warriors made a ripple when they unveiled new adidas jerseys back in February, as the design was the first in the modern NBA to include sleeves.
The debut of the jerseys, in a dramatic overtime win over the Spurs, went off without a hitch. Despite the polarizing design, there hadn't been any major incidents until Friday night, when the Warriors lost to the Bulls 113-95 in embarrassing fashion in Oakland.
USA Today Sports reports that Warriors guard Stephen Curry let his true feelings on the jerseys be known afterwards.
"You're on national TV, NBATV (the game was not nationally televised), wearing our ugly jerseys," said Curry, who had just eight points on 2 of 13 shooting and didn't hit a three-pointer for the first time in 54 games. "I shouldn't have said that (about the jerseys), but it's just one of those things where there's a lot of attention on us and we don't show up to play. And we just come up short. We want to give our fans a show. We want to give them something to cheer about and make it fun for them to come to the game. When they're leaving with six or seven minutes left, that's not a good night."
Please, if you will indulge us in a rare "I told you so." From our initial reaction to the designs...
It remains to be seen whether this will be a fad or the beginning of an evolution, but one thing is for sure: We know exactly what’s getting blamed the next time someone suffers through a 4-for-18 shooting night.
The good news for Curry and for the anti-sleeves folks: the Bay Area News Group reports
that the Warriors will not wear the jerseys again during the regular season. To the front-office executives and equipment managers planning to break these out in a potential first-round playoff series: proceed at your own risk.