Nike took over the distribution of NBA apparel during the summer of 2017, including a complete overhaul of everything the players are wearing on court. The marketing has been flawless, and the jerseys look fantastic. There has just been one small problem ... the jerseys cannot stop falling apart.
Nike harped on the fact that these jerseys were made better and smarter than any other jersey before in a press release:
Nike tuned the uniform design to the rigors of the league's increasingly intense 82-game season by employing 3D-body maps of players, including heat and sweat maps. This research led Nike’s designers to make significant changes to the weight, fit and construction of the uniforms — paying special attention to enabling agility.
The most significant change comes to the back shoulder of the uniform where Nike designers altered the construction for a vastly improved fit. Additionally, the hemlines on the bottom of both the jersey and shorts were modified to allow for full range of motion.
But in the end, it appears Nike made the jerseys just a bit too light. Here is every jersey tear so far:
Sept. 30 — The number falls off Tyler Ennis’ jersey
This happened during the Lakers’ first preseason game of the year, for no real reason.
Oct. 18 — LeBron James’ jersey splits right in half
A slight tug from Jaylen Brown, and that was it for LeBron’s jersey.
Oct. 27 — Draymond Green’s jersey rips after fight with Bradley Beal
Yes, it was a fight, but not one that should’ve caused this kind of jersey tearing.
Nov. 3 — Lance Stephenson destroys Ben Simmons’ jersey
This sounds like a controversial sentence, but really it wasn’t that intense. Lance pulled on the jersey a normal amount for a basketball game and the thing just fell apart.
Nov. 5 — Kevin Love rips his jersey apart far too easily
Kevin Love could be a WWE wrestler as well as a basketball player.
We knew Kevin Love was a WWE fan, but he didn't have to Hulk Hogan his Nike jersey pic.twitter.com/edoUoAOtQj— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) November 5, 2017
Stay tuned. We assume there will be many more.
Nov. 12 — Thaddeus Young rips his jersey apart after a frustrating game
Literally a week after Kevin Love rips his jersey at the collar, Young does the same thing to his.
A frustrated Thaddeus Young goes Hulk Hogan on his jersey. He's 0 of 7 tonight but has 5 rebounds and 2 assists. pic.twitter.com/KB6CaVwwJg— 8 Points, 9 Seconds (@8pts9secs) November 13, 2017
Seriously. We’ve got to get on that WWE thing.