To say it's been a frustrating start to the NBA season for the Cleveland Cavaliers would be a huge understatement. Just ask forward Kevin Love.
Nobody would have predicted a 4-5 start from the high-powered Cavs, but a tilt with the lowly Atlanta Hawks on Sunday afternoon might be exactly what the struggling squad needs, right? Wrong.
Atlanta put Cleveland on its heels right away in the contest, dropping 37 first-quarter points on the Cavaliers. And after Love was sent to the bench after picking up his third foul in the second quarter, he took out his rage on his jersey. Well, kinda.
Love, who stands at 6-foot-10 and weighs a solid 250 pounds, managed to split the jersey in the front, but failed to destroy it completely.
Stand aside, Kevin, let Hulk Hogan show you how it's done.
Seriously, though, there actually is an issue with the Nike NBA jerseys this season. Love isn't the only NBA player to have such a wardrobe malfunction this year. The same thing has happened to multiple players early in the season.
Nike's new eight-year deal as the official apparel supplier of the NBA kicked in this year, and it's not off to a good start. The company used 3D body maps of players to optimize the shape of the jerseys and says the material wicks sweat much better than previous garments. That material is polyester made from recycled plastic equivalent to about 20 water bottles, demonstrating Nike’s sustainability efforts. It's also the first year the NBA is allowing sponsored jerseys, something many other sports have previously adopted across the globe.
The Cavaliers dropped their fifth game in six contests, falling 117-115 to the Hawks. Atlanta picked up just its second win of the campaign to improve to 2-8.