LA Lakers to Reportedly Wear Sleeved Jerseys for Several Games Next Season

Grant HughesNational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 20, 2013

The Los Angeles Lakers will be among the growing number of NBA teams sporting sleeves in the 2013-14 season.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Purple and Gold will be rocking some white T-shirt-style threads for a handful of contests next year.

The Golden State Warriors were the first team to try out the new look last season, sporting bright yellow duds with pinstriped shorts. Despite mixed reviews from players, it seems the encroachment of sleeves will continue.

In June, ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that five teams would wear the new jerseys for at least a dozen games next season. Now we know the Lakers will be one of those teams.

Per Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld, there will also be a lot more teams that at least dabble in fashion-forward thinking.

After seeing so many teams don sleeved jerseys during summer league play, it's hardly surprising that the regular season will see more squads adopt the look than ever before. No fewer than 17 teams—including the Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder—used the Las Vegas and Orlando venues to model their new gear.

In other words, the NBA is going "all in" on sleeves. Don't try to fight it.

If you're dying to know what the new Lakers jerseys will look like, fear not. Their summer league attire provides a nice preview.

Clearly, the NBA is doing its best to make jerseys a bigger part of most fans' normal wardrobe. If these things start to fly off the shelves, we may never see an NBA tank top again.