Trail Blazers To Wear Short Sleeve Jerseys At Summer League
When people travel to Las Vegas, be it for business or pleasure, they tend to wear less clothing than they normally would at home. That won't be the case for Portland's 2013 Summer League team.
The Portland Trail Blazers will wear the adidas adizero short sleeve uniform at the Las Vegas Summer League during games in which they are the designated as the "away" team. The jerseys are black with "Portland Trail Blazers" written across the chest in red and white. The short sleeve jersey will be paired with black pinstriped shorts, creating an almost all-black uniform. The team will continue to wear white practice jerseys, their usual Las Vegas Summer League attire, with black pinstripes shorts when designated as the "home" team.
According to adidas, the adizero short sleeve NBA uniform system features "the first-ever super lightweight stretch woven short with maximum ventilation for player comfort. The jersey includes armhole insets with 360-degree stretch fabric that facilitates free range of motion for the arms and shoulders. The adizero short sleeve jersey allows for maximum movement in all phases of the game, equal with that of a traditional tank basketball jersey."
The Trail Blazers join the Pacers
and 15 other teams trying out the adizero short-sleeve uniform during summer league. Both teams are wearing stripped-down versions of the short sleeve jersey's the Golden State Warriors debuted last season. UCLA, Baylor and Louisville all wore the adizero short sleeve jerseys
during the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, though those seemed to be a bit looser fitting than Golden State's.
Reviews, both from players and fans, of the short-sleeve jerseys have been mixed
. From what I've heard, players on Portland's summer league roster who have already practiced in the short sleeves don't mind the new jerseys.
There are reports that as many as five teams will wear the adizero short-sleeve jersey at least once during the 2013-14 regular season
, and while the Trail Blazers wearing short-sleeves at summer league is no guarantee that they'll be one of the five teams to wear short-sleeves in the regular season, there are reasons to believe they're a good candidate. After all, adidas' North American headquarters are just up the street from the Rose Garden and Damian Lillard is one of their adidas' brightest young stars, so there's a case to be made.