If you didn't know by now, the NBA is doing something new and rather unique with their Christmas Day jerseys this season. Rather than the traditional looking uniform, the 10 teams playing Wednesday will be wearing sleeved jerseys that kind of look like pajamas. Or basically just a glorified shirsey.
Instead of numbers and team name in writing on the fronts of the jerseys, the fronts are adorned with a "BIG" shiny team logo. And they really are big. Almost obnoxiously big. The fronts also have the NBA logo at the top. There are numbers on the sleeves, while the backs look more like the normal NBA jersey.
To help promote the jerseys, the NBA released the "Jingle Hoops" commercial, starring LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose and Steve Nash. Rose and Nash will sadly not be playing on Christmas due to injuries, but the commercial is pretty cool nonetheless:
Some NBA players weren't big fans:
Call me old school but these jerseys with sleeves are awful.....— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) December 25, 2013
Roy Hibbert did too, from the ESPN's NBA account:
Who loves these jerseys because I don't!— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 25, 2013
And, um, maybe the person who the NBA least wants to irritate: LeBron James:
LeBron pulls at the sleeves on his jersey after missing that free throw.— Brett Pollakoff (@BrettEP) December 26, 2013
LeBron seriously complaining about sleeved jerseys walking to locker room: "I can't shoot with these!"— Brett Pollakoff (@BrettEP) December 26, 2013
Promo pics of the uniforms were also released online. Let's have a look at all of them, game-by-game:
Bulls Christmas Day Jersey pic.twitter.com/gXdsurqzvk— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2013
Christmas Day jersey for the Brooklyn Nets: pic.twitter.com/fOibnPVdSx— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) November 14, 2013
Here's what they actually looked like in action:
Some players on the Nets had weird stripey socks unlike anything we've ever seen on a basketball court:
They're supposed to be candycanes, but they look like Uggs.
Christmas shoes from Deron Williams:
Thunder Christmas Day Jersey pic.twitter.com/5J7bXSS6mr— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2013
Shumpert in Knicks Christmas Day Jersey pic.twitter.com/SadA5Hs2La— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2013
It seems Beno Udrih isn't a fan -- after bricking a three, he rolled up his sleeves:
Udrih: "Personally [the short-sleeved jersey] bothered me & my shot. On a normal shot Im used 2 getting my shoulder & elbow up [unhindered]"— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) December 26, 2013
Lakers Christmas Day Jersey pic.twitter.com/JNFktWAVj4— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2013
Here are Ray Allen's shoes:
Clippers Christmas Day Jersey pic.twitter.com/2oK3QnzAoy— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2013
Warriors Christmas Day Jersey pic.twitter.com/0QpX1qPG1i— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2013
And here are Chris Paul's powder blue shoes. We're fans.