Dallas, TX, United States (4E Sports) – Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the NBA committed a major fashion faux pas by having all players that saw action on Christmas Day wear short-sleeved jerseys that made them look like high school wrestlers.
“Hated them,” Cuban said. “I just thought it made our guys look more like a high school wrestling team or a college wrestling team.”
Cuban understands the NBA is attempting to market the jerseys to fans who might not want to wear tank tops but feels it should have been promoted in a casual-wear situation.
He said the NBA should have gotten trainers and everybody else wear them in a realistic setting.
Cuban added that while the short-sleeved jerseys still will sell, he insisted that a lot of fans will be turned off by the tight fit. He anticipates that people will buy the jerseys a few sizes larger than normal.
“I think the people that will buy them are more the jersey heads and the people who are trying to be hip and cool as opposed to the mainstream fan who just wants something to wear to work or something to wear to school,” Cuban said. “I don’t think schools are going to be happy if 16-year-old boys come in wearing skin-tight gym wrestling gear.”
Cuban admitted committing his own fashion faux pas, such as the shiny silver jerseys the Mavs wore during the 2003-04 opener that looked brown when they got wet with sweat. They never wore those jerseys again.
“They looked like wet garbage bags,” Cuban said, “but I took them off the market after one game.”