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NBA unveils short-sleeved jerseys for Christmas day games. Hit or miss?

Updated: 2013-11-14T17:38:11Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

NBA teams playing on Christmas Day this year will wear short-sleeved jerseys, the newest look for the sport. Reviews are mixed, but put us in the “Like Them Very Much” category.

The NBA and Adidas unveiled the jerseys on Thursday. They’re solid-color with a special, limited-edition, over-sized “Big Logo” on the front.

The unveiling of the new look came with a fun bonus. On Wednesday, the NBA released a commercial featuring LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden and Steve Nash – wearing the jerseys – hitting jumpers into nets tied with bells to play “Jingle Bells.” Watch it below.

(If you want to pull the curtain back, watch the behind-the-scenes video, too.)

Adidas unveiled its first sleeved-jersey last February with a yellow Warriors look, followed by a white Warriors jersey and ones for the Suns and Clippers. The Warriors have worn the short sleeves ever since and the Clippers have started mixing them into their game-day uniform rotation.

Adidas is operating under the notion that most male fans would be more comfortable wearing something with sleeves than the traditional basketball tank tops.

The new jerseys are like tank tops with sleeves attached. The sleeves are made of a stretchy fabric so they don’t get in the way of all that shooting and dunking.

Fan versions of the jerseys that will be worn by the 10 teams playing on Christmas, and those of five other teams, went on sale Thursday for $110 at the NBAstore.com.

What do you think of them?

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