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Lakers will wear short-sleeved jerseys in ’13-14

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The Los Angeles Lakers will participate in the new wave look NBA uniforms by donning short-sleeve jerseys in several games this upcoming season, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

The jerseys will be white, which is the same color as the Lakers’ alternate Sunday uniforms that the organization initially debuted in the 2002-2003 regular season. These uniforms will be worn on Christmas day and also when the NBA honors “Noche Latina,” which will include the jerseys altered to say “Los Lakers.”

These new-look jerseys, called the Adizero NBA Short Sleeve Uniform System, are designed by Adidas and were first worn by the Golden State Warriors for three regular season games during the 2012-13 season. According to the company, the jersey is said to be 26 percent lighter than the traditional uniform and will also provide the players with a full range of movement that does not alter their shooting motion.

Also joining the Lakers in this new trend are the Phoenix Suns, who will the wear the short-sleeve jerseys as the alternate uniforms that will be included in their new set of redesigned jerseys and as many five teams in the NBA will suit up in the jerseys as their alternate uniforms in as many as 12 games during this upcoming season. 

Adidas has offered every team in the league the chance to add the short sleeve jerseys, and the company has already produced 10 mock jerseys for the teams that will be playing on Christmas day. They also introduced the uniforms to the collegiate level this year during the Men’s basketball NCAA  tournament as several teams wore the jerseys, including  UCLA, Baylor, Cincinnati, Louisville,  Kansas and Notre Dame.

The Lakers will also make the addition of black sleeveless jerseys to their set of uniforms this upcoming season. They will be worn as a part of the NBA’s city pride series, with which which they will accompany the Portland Trail Blazers’ “Rip City” uniforms and the Detroit Pistons’ “Motor City” jerseys, but in contrast to the other sets, it will still read “Lakers” across the front. It will feature the lettering and numerals in purple with the outlining in gold, a few gold accents with the rest of the uniform in black.

Los Angeles was also one of 17 teams during this year’s Summer League to wear the short-sleeve uniforms. Lakers point guard Steve Nash recently spoke out in support of the new NBA uniforms.

“”I don’t see why we all need the same tailor, as long as it’s pretty uniform,” Nash said. “I’m sure within reason.”

The 39-year-old also added that the NBA is an ever-evolving business and must keep up on new trends to stay as profitable as possible.

“”It’s not one of those things I’m going to lose any sleep over,” Nash said. “Basically, we’re an entertainment industry. So, you know, you got to make products that people can wear. Things are going to continually change.”

 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia is a sports journalist from Southern California. He was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.

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