6 Reasons Why LeBron James Is Fuming Right Now
1. Sleeved Jerseys
This seems pretty petty, right? All NBA players hate the sleeved jerseys. Some of them have even gone on the record saying so. They’re ugly, they’re unhelpful, and they sell like hot cakes, according to Deadspin’s Drew Magary, who explained the phenomenon thusly. “NBA players look great in sleeveless jerseys because NBA players are world class athletes. The rest of us are not. You get really self-conscious really quickly when you’re standing there in a basketball jersey.”
Interestingly, while the league as a whole doesn’t seem to be bothered by the NBA, at least not as far as shooting percentages are concerned, LeBron has played worse with his shoulders covered. “The Heat have worn the jerseys twice, and he wore one in the All-Star Game,” wrote the New York Times. “In those three games, James combined to go 24 for 54 (44.4 percent) from the field, which is well below the 58.3 percent he has shot in a traditional jersey. Even worse, he is 0 for 14 from 3-point range in sleeves.”
The Heat are done wearing sleeved jerseys for the rest of the season, but as they become more and more prevalent in the league (remember, only the Warriors had worn them this time last year), expect James’ performance to suffer. After the Times piece was published, unconfirmed reports from multiple sources surfaced, illustrating that the rest of the league has begun pushing for exclusively sleeved jerseys in the playoffs.