About 10 minutes into Adidas' pitch about an innovative new uniform with sleeves, Warriors co-owner Peter Guber had seen enough.
"I went 'Wow!' " Guber said of the August 2011 meeting. "It was a very profound change. And I think Adidas presenting it to us and giving us the option to be the first one to do this demonstrates our willingness to be inventive."
On Monday, the Warriors unveiled the yellow alternate uniforms. They will be the first team in the modern NBA era to play in something other than a tank top.
The Warriors will debut the uniforms for their Feb. 22 home game against the San Antonio Spurs that will be broadcast on ESPN. They also will wear them for home games against the Houston Rockets on March 8 and the Chicago Bulls on March 15.
The new jersey is much less a T-shirt than the next phase in the evolution of basketball apparel.
It's being called the "adizero NBA short sleeve uniform system." Adidas boasts it as a revolutionary marriage between performance and aesthetics.
The uniforms are 26 percent lighter than their traditional counterparts, which Adidas said its research revealed was most important to players. They come with the ever-popular moisture-absorbing feature. The sleeves are made with stretch fabric that wraps 360 degrees around the shoulder to ensure full range of motion, because anyone who has played basketball knows how a T-shirt's sleeve can interfere with a jumper.
The shorts which have pinstripes inspired by the Bay Bridge have been modernized, too. The stretch woven fabric, pricked with thousands of holes, makes the bottoms as lightweight and airy as ever.
Bay Area fans will love this part: The uniform is made with 60 percent recycled material.
The Warriors and Adidas, the official provider of NBA uniforms since 2006, worked together for more than a year to develop the concept. Several players tested them during their offseason, and the Warriors have gone through full practices in them.
"I think it will be a trendsetter," rookie forward Harrison Barnes said. "I think it's something it will take people a little bit of time to get used to, but once they do, it'll be good. As long as I'm able to shoot and move, that's all that matters."
Representatives from the Warriors and Adidas say they have gotten nothing but positive feedback from the performance end.
The only remaining question is the reception of fans and the basketball community.
Will people take to a shirt jersey?
Is this a gimmick waiting to be rejected?
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