It definitely not a good thing

## ## LeBron James has off night shooting

San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, defends Miami Heat forward LeBron James during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday.(Bloomberg) There’s little debate over just how hideous the NBA’s sleeved jerseys are, but now questions are being raised over whether they hinder one’s shooting.After LeBron James posted his second worst shooting performance of the season Thursday night, the Miami Heat star suggested that the sleeves had affected his play. The jerseys are designed at Adidas America in Portland.”I not making excuses, but I not a big fan of the jerseys,” James said following his team 111 87 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. “Every time I shoot it feels like it just pulling right up underneath my arm. I already don have much room for error on my jump shot. It definitely not a good thing.”It too small a sample to derive any definite conclusions, but James shooting stats in the three games in which he wore the sleeved jerseys aren pretty. Thursday night against the Spurs, he shot 6 for 18 from the field including 0 for 3 behind the arc. He fared better in the Christmas Day game against the Los Angeles Lakers, going 7 for 14 from the field, but still failed to sink a single three pointer in four attempts. Similarly, in this year All Star Game, he shot 11 22 but went 0 for 7 in threes. This is a guy who is shooting nearly 58 percent from the floor on the season and just came off a ridiculous 61 point performance in which he nailed 22 of 33 shots and 8 of 10 threes.James isn alone in his sleeve disdain. In a poll conducted last month, Bleacher Report found that 19 of 21 players surveyed were against the jerseys. “I think our sport is tough to have stuff on your shooting arm with shooting being so key,” an unnamed center said. speedskating team wondered if its incredibly poor showing was due to its new Under Armour suits. As we saw then, it doesn really matter if the clothing actually affects play the perception that it might is simply enough. Athletes are such creatures of habit that any change to their routine could throw them off. Just the thought that a speedskating suit can slow you down or a sleeve can constrict your shooting arm could impact one state of mind.Unfortunately, don’t expect the NBA to revert to its previous, fully sleeveless state anytime soon. As the league and sponsorship partnerAdidashad hoped, the jerseys are selling extremely well, perhaps validating their initial reasoning that no matter how ugly, sleeved merchandise is more socially acceptable and can be worn when going out. (To where, I have no idea.) As such, the NBA has chosen to feature the sleeves in most prominent and marketed events, such as Christmas contests, the All Star Game and the Noche Latina series.It should be noted that the NBA players union reportedly receives half of all merchandise sales, and thus has a stake. Sal LaRocca, executive vice president of global merchandising for the NBA, insists that if the players are really unhappy, the league will cease to use the jerseys in games. I guess we see if the union decides a few extra million dollars is more important than its members shooting percentage. Kavitha A. Davidson, Bloomberg View columnistRegistration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local.

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