The Cavaliers are calling for a blackout in honor of Black Friday. That’s when the team takes the court for the first time wearing their new black with pinstripes “Statement” uniforms in matchup with the Charlotte Hornets. The Cavs are encouraging fans going to the game at Quicken Loans Arena to wear black too for the occasion.
Nike publicly addressed its “lighter” NBA jerseys that have come under scrutiny after at least five players’ jerseys have ripped during the 2017-18 season. The company provided a statement to USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday morning, noting plans to alter the jerseys in order to avoid more tears during games. It did not disclose how many jerseys, if not all, would be discarded or replaced for better quality.
“We are very concerned to see any game-day tear and are working to implement a solution that involves standardizing the embellishment process and enhancing the seam strength of game-day jerseys,” Nike said in the statement. “The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance, and we are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future.”
Nike’s NBA jerseys have already shown a puzzling tendency to rip in pieces at the slightest pull, but that might not be the only issue with the NBA’s new uniforms. Judging from Dwyane Wade’s reaction during Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the new jerseys aren’t exactly absorbing sweat the way he’s used to.
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The Heat are going to look like those 1990s teams that featured Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway this month. No, Mourning and Hardaway aren’t making comebacks. Instead, the Heat will sport their Nike “Classic Edition” jerseys for most of their games this month starting with Wednesday’s home contest against the Bulls.