LeBron James made a drastic adjustment to his uniform Wednesday night when he ripped open the sleeves of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ jersey. But there was another change in his appearance that was obvious to anyone watching. He was wearing shorter shorts. James’s shorts aren’t quite short shorts, and no one would confuse his look with the glorified loincloths that John Stockton and everyone else in the NBA wore decades ago. But the new shape of his shorts—both shorter and skinnier, like the ones someone not named LeBron James might wear on the elliptical—is James’s most notable sartorial choice since he ditched his headband in last year’s playoffs.
The NBA is allowing players to wear special designed red, white and blue socks as part of Hoops for Troops week ... which runs from Nov. 3rd to the 11th. The socks are optional for players ... but it seems only two players in the Lakers vs. Nuggets game opted out ... Kobe and Jameer Nelson.
But our NBA sources tell us ... Kobe wasn't trying to make a political statement -- he simply prefers to wear quarter-length socks and the Hoops for Troops socks were only available in crew length. So, don't worry ... Kobe doesn't hate America -- he just likes to be comfortable.
How short are James’s shorts? The Count took out our measuring tape and sized them up. The average length of James’s shorts this year has been approximately two inches shorter than they were last year, according to a review of photographs of James standing upright during games, and the bottoms of his shorts have been four inches farther from the floor.
Now, after years of shorts that sagged lower and lower, they’re finally inching back up. NBA rules require game shorts to lay no lower than one inch above the top of the knee, a league spokesman said, though compression shorts aren’t supposed to be visible. But maybe it was only a matter of time before shorts were short—or at least shorter. NBA players, after all, have become some of the most fashionable men on earth, and men’s shorts of the moment have crept several inches above the knee.
The Cavs debuted a new black alternative sleeved jersey against New York, the team's fifth uniform through its first five games, and James chose to do something about the league choosing fashion over function. "I was just frustrated with myself, I was just off rhythm a lot tonight, and the jersey was the only thing I could go to," James said. "I couldn't do nothing to my face."
James abstained from more criticism when asked further questions about the uniforms. "I don't know, it might be mental, man," James said. "It's OK. The jerseys are nice. We love the jerseys. The black looks great. It's been awhile since this franchise has worn black. So it's great to be out there and wear those uniforms. I was in my own way. I was frustrated with my shot, I couldn't make a bucket, so like I said, I had to take it out on something."
The Pistons will unveil their new chrome jerseys tonight. At least one player isn’t keen on the look. “I like sick uniforms,” Johnson said. “I think the colors that we have, the blue and white is pretty good, but the chrome is a different look.
In honor of Steve Nash's induction into the Suns Ring of Honor on Friday, October 30, the team will wear Stance socks with Steve Nash's face on them. STEVE. NASH'S. FACE! The Suns will be the first ever NBA team to wear a player's image during a game. We caught up with Suns Equipment Manager Jay Gaspar for the details.
Ben Golliver: Cleveland Cavaliers officially unveil three alternate jerseys for 2015-16, including black sleeved version https://t.co/T0pFNyn2BU
The San Antonio Spurs unveiled today their Black Signature Spur jerseys that will be worn during the 2015-16 NBA season. The new black alternate uniform’s efficient jersey design simply features the iconic Spurs logo prominently over the heart, while the player numbers rest on the right breast. The uniforms feature silver panels with silver, black and white trim and the accompanying shorts also include the Spur logo on each side.
The Detroit Pistons will sport a new alternate jersey during the upcoming 2015-16 season. The inspiration for the Detroit Chrome jerseys came about as a way to honor our coolest cars from the past and the cars of the future. Detroit is universally known as the auto capitol of the world, where chrome leaves an indelible mark on the cars we create. The uniforms feature a matte chrome base color with clean simple lines inspired by the classic muscle cars that have roared up and down Woodward Avenue for decades. The navy trim and Detroit emblazoned across the chest represent the blue collar work ethic that the auto industry and region was built on.
Jorge Castillo: #Wizards announce they will wear "Baltimore Pride" jerseys -- worn by Bullets 1969-73 -- for 6 games this season. http://t.co/7SXfc59ZJw
The Oklahoma City Thunder today revealed a third alternate uniform for 2015-16. The team will first wear its new sunset-colored alternates on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Chesapeake Energy Arenaagainst the Denver Nuggets. The new uniform’s bold color pairs with “OKC” in navy block lettering on the front to showcase the team’s hometown pride and reflect the saturated, blended colors of the Oklahoma skies at sunset.
The team announced Thursday it will wear retro Hardwood Classic uniforms for six games during the 2015-16 season. While the Cavaliers will unveil an "assortment" of special uniforms for the seasons at a later date, it's believed the team will wear the gold "Miracle of Richfield" uniforms for those six nights. The Cavs last wore the uniforms -- featuring the familiar wine, gold and white checkerboard pattern down the sides -- as Hardwood Classics back in 2005.
The Pacers will debut their new Hickory Huskers uniforms Nov. 6 at home against Miami. Team officials announced Tuesday that they will be worn 10 times this season. Indiana is making the change to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the movie "Hoosiers."
Anthony Davis: New @New Orleans Pelicans Mardi Gras jerseys... what do y'all think? http://t.co/72QpSz6Lbc
October 6, 2022 | 10:34 am EDT Update
Was there a point where you thought about a possible return to the NBA? Have you had offers or contacts with any franchise? Walter Tavares: No, no. I always try to focus where I’m at. Now I’m very comfortable at Real Madrid. I’m developing a lot as a player, enjoying basketball. Whatever comes, it will come later, but now I am focused on helping Real Madrid to the best of my abilities.
How is it possible that the most decisive center on the continent only played 13 games in the NBA? Walter Tavares: I think it was the lack of opportunity. I was practicing and sweating, trying to prove that I could play and have a place there. I haven’t been as lucky as Rudy Gobert, who ended up in the Utah Jazz that trusted him from the beginning. I was unlucky enough to get into a bad team. I was in Atlanta that didn’t compete for the playoffs, and the coach didn’t trust me that much either. It’s not just a question of timing or the time period. I just didn’t have a chance.
Did you feel uncomfortable being there? Walter Tavares: Yes, I did. All the players want to practice, and then look forward to playing. You’re not there to practice all the time and never play. So, you end up getting frustrated and not liking basketball so much because you feel like you can’t take that step further to be able to play, or prove that you can be in this league.
In recent years, the club seems to prefer players who have tried to play in the NBA to those who are eager to leave. By the way, was there something that Luka Doncic wanted to know and asked you before he left? Walter Tavares: Well, he wasn’t asking much. Luka was too calm. I always said that he was born to play basketball. He didn’t need anyone to teach him what to do. He has an incredible talent. I just told him that in the NBA, things are going to be very easy for him with the court vision and the height he has playing as a point guard. Luka has a similar style as LeBron James, who is physically superior than him. But in terms of how they both control and dominate the game, they’re very identical.
Scoot Henderson is the rare American teenager who is not heavily into social media. So when 7-foot-3 basketball phenom Victor Wembanyama boasted Monday that Henderson would be selected No. 1 in the 2023 NBA draft if Wembanyama hadn’t been born, the G League Ignite star missed it for hours. Henderson’s teammates, however, showed him the quote while attending a reception that also included Wembanyama and his Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 team on Monday night, sources at the event said.
Mere moments after Henderson saw the quote, he was scheduled to swap autographed team jerseys with Wembanyama in a ceremony in front of players and coaches from the G League Ignite, Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 and G League officials. The uber-competitive Henderson was stone-faced, gave a quick smile for the cameras, swapped jerseys, and didn’t shake hands with Wembanyama before departing on the eve of their highly anticipated televised showdown, sources said. “I don’t listen to that. I don’t pay no mind to that,” Henderson told Andscape of Wembanyama’s quote before Tuesday’s exhibition game. “You can talk all you want. That’s it. No added fuel. I’ve had the same fuel. I was going to come out and kill regardless.”
“We know Victor is going to be top pick as he possesses generational talent and skill,” one NBA general manager told Andscape. “He moves like a small forward. Many teams will be positioning themselves all season to have a shot at drafting him. But Scoot is a very talented player who is more score-first point guard at this stage. “I really like his competitive spirit and he appears to be coachable, which is important for that position. He seems to embrace big moments and challenge. Very good athleticism and strength for a young player. I would like to see him improve his one-on-one defensive focus, given his physical tools.”
How will being part of the Ignite help you off the court when you enter the NBA? Scoot Henderson: I don’t know too much about how guys are off the court stepping into their rookie year coming from college. I feel like the Ignite program is perfect for me to get ready for that. I may be alone, have my family away, shopping on my own. Things like that. It forced me to grow up. It’s easier for me this year. I am not going to say it’s always easy having my family away, since I grew up with family. But it’s getting easier. I am cooking. I can cook a good turkey burger. But they got Uber Eats here and they give us meals.