Trans. Sep 18 10:28 ET (Sep 18 10:28 ET ) Late in the 2013-14 season, before Donald Sterling hit and before recently-appointed NBA commissioner Adam Silver received sainthood status, The New Guy revealed in an interview with Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck that he might consider dumping the much-criticized sleeved jerseys that have dotted the NBA landscape over the last two years . You know the things, because even as a mild consumer of the NBA, you can’t help see the things. Their rollout with the Golden State Warriors in 2012-13 was widely covered. The next season, the NBA decided to outfit each of the teams playing on its Christmas Day-long national TV showcase in jerseys that could charitably described as “RUDDY AWFUL.” Dirk Nowitzki complained – on Twitter, during the middle of that showcase, for all of his one and a quarter million followers and lord knows how many re-tweeters to see. Mark Cuban complained . Beno Udrih complained . Smarmy writers complained . Jarrett Jack complained . Robin Lopez complained . Stephen Curry complained . Most importantly, LeBron James complained . Now, according to the two most important voices you listen to when it comes to such things (retailers, and those who cover the retailers to much acclaim), consumers are complaining. With their indifference, at least. As noted by Pro Basketball Talk , Uni Watch’s Paul Lucas spoke with “the buyer for a well-known chain of sporting goods stores,” who revealed that “the NBA’s sleeved jerseys are not selling well.” Well, yeah. They look terrible. NBA fans don’t buy the regular jerseys to wear on the court. They buy them as fashion statements, even if those statements have to go awry when the buyer has to figure out how to make a sleeveless and rather airy jersey go with a wintertime outfit when he attends an NBA game. By and large, though, you’re not going to see many players working in a crisp and very expensive Kyrie Irving jersey when actually going out to play ball. The NBA figured they could corner the actually on-court market by introducing something that could alternately be worn while playing ball, or at an NBA game. Or to school, even, because apparently those “ Real Men Wear Red ” shirts that we wore to school in the early 1990s just aren’t enough for today’s youth. (Because those shirts are, as we realized by the mid-1990s, incredibly stupid.) The sleeved jerseys, in a small but significant sample size, made absolutely no impact on shooting percentages last season , but that isn’t the point. NBA players are slavish to routine, from literal head to toe. They didn’t grow up wearing these sorts of jerseys, and they’re vocally uncomfortable about change this far into their careers. That’s usually the case, with most rich dudes. It was a noble retail attempt by the league until it decided to mess with the product that we tune in for (and, in many of our cases, pay quite a bit of money for ) on the court. Christmas Day games aren’t NBA Finals contests. And sometimes they’re quite terrible, despite all the hype and big names involved. Still, to cynically and greedily use what should be a reminder to the rest of the football-watchin’ nation that, hey, these NBA guys are incredibly good at what they do in order to sell novelty jerseys? That was a misstep. Now, if they’re not selling well in the face of both a heavily publicized rollout, a Christmas Day-long infomercial, and various other attempts to shoehorn these things onto the public via nationally televised games as the 2013-14 season moved along? What’s the point anymore? The NBA sells just about everything it can both online, at various retailers, and in its Manhattan store. From off-color baseball caps (in a sport with no baseball caps) to jackets with the logo of every team on it to bobbleheads of players that are two teams removed from the uniform the bobblehead is wearing, you can get anything and the NBA gets a cut. There’s a lot of great stuff out there, a lot of tasteful stuff out there, and a lot of silly stuff out there. We appreciate the NBA making it all available. There’s absolutely no shame in the NBA continuing to make, market, and sell sleeved jerseys. Some people still want to buy weird things. Some people, in that desirable 18-to-35 male demographic, even consume Cincinnati chili and jazz/fusion records. I’m one of those people. I’m weird. I also can’t stand playing basketball with sleeves on, even if I’ve no gun show to sell tickets to, and I can’t stand watching NBA players wear them in games when they seem clearly uncomfortable with the change to their routine. That doesn’t mean I speak for everyone, though, which is why the NBA should continue to produce the sleeved jerseys. Just stop making NBA players wear them during games. (Unless some weirdo NBA players ask to wear them in games.) - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
Reigning champions United States and hosts Spain were hardly challenged on Saturday in advancing to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup while Slovenia and France also joined them in the final eight. Stephen Curry's 20 points paced five players in double figures as the United States eased past rivals Mexico 86-63 in the last 16. Curry's Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson added 15 points while captain James Harden hit for 12.
Stephen Curry caught fire vs. Mexico during Saturday's 86-63 win, scoring 20 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal, six 3-pointers and no turnovers.
The Scoop:He was hitting threes in transition, in halfcourt and was just unstoppable. Curry shot 7-of-10 from the field, so his effective field goal percentage today was a tidy 100.0. He struggled in the group stage, but it was only a matter of time before he got hot.
Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers has agreed to a three-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2017-18 season. A Warriors spokesman confirmed the agreement late Thursday night. Myers has been Golden State's general manager since April 2012 and has been a key cog in the franchise's turnaround. The Warriors have reached the playoffs the past two seasons, and Myers has helped assemble a talented young nucleus around All-Star point guard Stephen Curry.
When Kenneth Faried blocked Maxym Kornienko into the first row and Ukraine ultimately dribbled out the shot clock on its first possession, another long day appeared in store for Team USA’s fifth and final FIBA World Cup Group C opponent. But a Ukraine squad coached by Mike Fratello proved game, at least for a quarter and a half, until the U.S. flexed its considerable muscle in a 95-71 victory. Mike Krzyzewski’s charges will now face Mexico in the Round of 16 on Saturday. Playing its fifth game in six days, Team USA came out sluggish and sloppy, taking almost five minutes off the clock before a James Harden (team-high 17 points) jumper snapped an 0-for-5 start from the field. While Ukraine’s accuracy wasn’t much better, missing its first 10 three-point attempts, Europe’s largest country featured a bruising frontcourt that lived at the free-throw line and helped establish a 19-14 lead after a quarter. The performance of Ukrainian 7-foot center Slava Kravtsov (team-high 15 points), who played 20 games for the Phoenix Suns this past NBA season, didn’t quell any concerns about how the U.S. will ultimately perform should it reach the finals against Spain’s mammoth frontline of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. The Ukrainians clutched to a narrow lead until Stephen Curry netted the first three of his 14 points with four minutes to play before the break, giving the U.S. its first lead since 2-0. Team USA closed a 30-point second quarter on a 17-5 run, taking a 44-32 lead into the break, and the margin never dropped to single digits again. Despite showing signs of that burst the NBA has sorely missed since April 2012, Derrick Rose’s finishing woes continued, save for a couple buckets on nine tries. On an otherwise quiet evening in Bilbao, Spain, Faried (10 points, 5-6 FG; 8 rebounds) provided the few reasons to cheer another rout, continuing his early MVP candidacy with more Manimalism. While the U.S. completed its run through a weak Group C unbeaten, the Americans did not emerge unscathed. Kyrie Irving (11 points, 6 assists, 3 steals) took a nasty fall on his tailbone with 1:12 remaining against Ukraine, dropping to the floor for a few motionless moments that had all of Cleveland holding its collective breath. Team USA didn’t provide any immediate information on Irving’s status, but the team’s starting point guard walked gingerly off the court under his own power, offering an optimistic outlook. Team USA may have capped its pool play with a fifth 20-point victory in as many tries, but this last one was anything but comfortable. Charles Barkley on NBA players competing internationally: