LeBron James gave the best indication yet that the NBA's sleeved jerseys have to go
The Cleveland Cavaliers broke out their new all-black sleeved jerseys last night against the Knicks, which caused some ire from notable sleeve-hater LeBron James.
James got off to a cold start against the Knicks, and after a missed shot, he was caught on camera ripping at the sleeves to loosen them up. During a commercial break shortly thereafter, he found a pair of scissors at the scorer's table to cut them even more. He played the rest of the game with his sleeves flowing freely in the Quicken Loans Arena breeze.
And as SB Nation's James Dator notes, the ripped sleeves appear to have helped James' game!
Prior to the ripping, James was 4-11 from the field, 0-4 from three, 0-2 from the free throw line — 8 points and zero assists. After the ripping, he was 5-12 from the field, 1-1 from three, 4-5 from the free throw line — good for 15 points and 3 assists.
LeBron James says he was just frustrated with his shot and took it out on the sleeved jersey. He spoke very complimentary of the jersey.