Short-Sleeve Lakers Jerseys Coming Next Season

According to ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin, the Lakers will be one of the few teams to experiment with short-sleeve jerseys next season:

Personally, I am not a fan of the short-sleeves.  I was okay with the NBA introducing them last season when the Golden State Warriors wore them, but I truly thought that teams like the Lakers would not be adding them to their selection of jerseys.

I think the NBA is forcing the issue with these uniforms and ultimately it may backfire from a marketing stand point.   I do not know many adult fans that will want to purchase the short-sleeve jerseys.  The demographic of the jerseys may be directed more at teenagers and that’s where it may be popular, but I can’t see many older fans spending money on the gear that fits like a compression shirt.

The Lakers did have their summer team wear short-sleeve jerseys a few weeks ago.  Should be noted that Chris Douglas-Roberts cut the sleeves in one of the games because it felt tight around his shoulders and made a point to say that he “hated” the jerseys.

Let’s just hope we don’t try the short shorts experiment with these jerseys…. Yikes.

Johnny is the lead writer and a senior editor for He currently attends Cal State University, Fullerton where he is working to earn his print journalism degree and covers sports for the Daily Titan. At the moment, he works for (OC Register) and in the past was a freelancer for the Whittier Daily News.