NBA could bin sleeved jerseys after just one season

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What LeBron James wants, he usually gets.

And it seems that could be the case for the controversial sleeved jersey's seen in the NBA this season.

James has been one of the most outspoken critics of the new designs, criticising their restrictive nature when explaining away poor performances.

And now new NBA commissioner Adam Silver has conceded that the sleeved experiment may come to a premature end if they are truly becoming an issue for the league's players:

"Ultimately, if the players don't like them, we'll move on to something else.

"I don't regret doing it for this season. But it's intended to be something fun for the fans and the players.

"And if it becomes a serious issue, as to whether players should be wearing sleeves, we'll likely move onto other things," he told Bleacher Report.

All of the teams in the NBA have worn the sleeved variations at some point this season, and while most players have seemed content with the style, and they have proved extremely marketable for the league, Silver is wary of alienating any of his players - not least LeBron.

Dirk Nowitzki and Robin Lopez have also been vocal in their distain for the new designs, and although he cited stats to support his claim that they had little effect on player scoring, Silver did admit that he had made plans to sit down with the Heat star to discuss the issue.

What do you think? Are sleeved jerseys really harming player's performance?

LeBron James
Dallas Mavericks

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