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Jarrett Jacks wants sleeved jerseys tailored specifically for individual players


During the All-Star weekend festivities in New Orleans, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the sleeved jerseys, which have received more than their fair share of criticism, have had no competitive impact on the outcomes of games.

But if players really have a legitimate problem with them, or even if there is a pervasive belief that they are negatively impacting performance, it’s something he would have to look at changing.

“If players believe it has any impact whatsoever on the competition, even if it’s just a perception, we need to deal with it,” Silver said.

At this rate, he will need to deal with it. Players continue to complain, as LeBron James did for the second time this season after losing to the Spurs.

Jarrett Jack, now toiling away in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers, was with the Warriors last year as part of the first group to wear the short-sleeved jerseys. And being a self-appointed authority on the matter, Jack says that the players would stop complaining if they had the jerseys individually tailored for a better, customized fit.

From Jodie Valade of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

That’s why Jack has a suggestion for anyone listening in the NBA’s merchandising department: Get individual player measurements and tailor the sleeved jerseys to each player.

It seems as if that would be a hefty undertaking, but Jack counters that if the league already has provided some players with tighter jerseys (see Houston’s Dwight Howard), it wouldn’t be that much of a leap to tailor jerseys to each player.

“It wouldn’t take long,” he said. “If you went and got everybody’s measurements, it’d take five minutes. And you made those jerseys specific to everybody’s exact needs, it’d save everyone headaches.”

It’s an idea worth considering, but a player could also simply go up a size if indeed he felt the sleeves were too restrictive.

Silver will surely look at all options, especially if sales numbers on the jerseys continue to exceed expectations. But it’s a bad look for the game’s biggest stars to continually gripe about them, even if the numbers say there’s been no negative impact made by the sleeves on a league-wide basis.

“We know that shooting percentages are virtually exactly the same for games in which we have sleeved jerseys and teams in which the guys are wearing conventional jerseys,” Silver said. “So I’m pretty comfortable from a competitive standpoint that it’s having no impact.”

Even so, Jack would like to see them disappear altogether simply due to aesthetic preference.

“We’re like the Beach Police,” Jack said. “You know those police who are on the beach with those bikes? They’ve got those little shirts with the shorts? That’s what we look like. Like we about to give somebody a citation.”

Players’ union, NBA to set up cardiac screening for retired players

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First it was Darryl Dawkins. Then it was Moses Malone.

Two all-time great players who recently died — and at t0o young an age, 58 and 60 respectively — from undiagnosed heart conditions. Even before that, recognizing the issue the NBA players union and the league itself were setting up supplemental health coverage to provide cardiac screening for retired players, something ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan recently broke.

The joint effort between union executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver — at a time when there still may be potentially acrimonious labor negotiations looming for their sides — is intended to ease the health concerns of its retired players.

Roberts said action from the players’ association on providing screening for its retired players is “imminent.”

“I wish I could give you an exact timetable, but we have to make sure all the components are in place,” Roberts told ESPN recently. “I will tell you we hope to have something sooner than later.”

The Cardiologists are affiliated with the NBA already, and some of the money will come from the league, while the union is both pitching in a chunk of cash and is the one organizing this, according to the report.

It’s good to Roberts and Silver working together on this. While you’d like to think this would be the kind of no-brainer move that the league and union would work together on, in the past the relationship didn’t always facilitate this sort of cooperation even on the obvious.

I’d like to think this bodes well for future labor talks, but I’m not willing to completely draw that parallel.


Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.