IN light of the continuous debate on the NBA’s decision to allow the use of unconventional `big logo’ sleeved jerseys, the PBA takes pride in being among the first leagues to experiment with such design.
The PBA All-Stars team of coach Franz Pumaren which played Gilas Pilipinas in a tune-up game last summer was the first to wear the sleeved jerseys, which local cage fans initially saw during the `Blue vs. Green 2’ exhibition match between Ateneo and La Salle staged by the league.
And PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league won’t hinder any team which plan to use the same jersey design that has become a fad in the NBA today.
They Said It!
“Nasa mga teams na yun, kung gugustuhin nilang magsuot ng ganun. Walang problema sa PBA yun." - PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial
“Nasa mga teams na yun, kung gugustuhin nilang magsuot ng ganun. Walang problema sa PBA yun,” Marcial disclosed to Spin.ph.
But at the same time, he said the jersey design must conform to the standards of the PBA Properties Inc.
“Tayo nga unang nagsuot ng ganyang jersey di ba?” added the amiable league official.
Just like in the NBA where the sleeved jerseys got mixed reviews from players, Marcial didn’t deny the league is also receiving complaints from some players regarding the new style.
“May iba kasi nag-reklamo na hindi raw masyadong makagalaw. May iba naman nagustuhan `yung design. Iba-iba eh,” Marcial, also a special assistant to the PBA commissioner.
PBA business development head Rhose Montreal designed the sleeved jerseys for the Blue versus Green game, but pointed out that it was the Golden State Warriors who first wore the new design.
Air 21 center Carlo Sharma said he liked the design of the sleeved jersey which he said looks more fashionable, but wasn't entirely comfortable wearing it.
“Okay sana siya eh. Kaso minsan nakakailang tumira. Parang nakakakiliti na di mo mawari,” said the big man out of De La Salle, who nonetheless kept his issued jersey for posterity’s sake.
“Tinago ko yung akin. Ang ganda eh!”
When the NBA introduced its big logo jerseys last Christmas day, not a few stars complained about being restricted of their movement owing to the jerseys’ sleeves.
“Call me old school but these jerseys with sleeves are awful,” tweeted Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki.
Blazers center Robin Lopez even came out with a more morbid statement: “[There] needs to be a mass burning of these sleeved NBA jerseys.”