The Cleveland Cavaliers didn't only lose a game against the Atlanta Hawks earlier today, 117-115 (their fifth in six games), but also a jersey in the process.
At the 3:56 mark of the second quarter, Kevin Love looked like he was taking his top off on the way to the bench, when it characteristically ripped. Watch:
He had four points on 1-of-6 shooting, four rebounds, three steals, and four fouls in just 18 minutes, after not being able to finish the match due to an "unspecified illness."
One can blame Love's poor condition for his subpar outing, but imagine how much of a distraction inferior apparel is to a player. This was the fourth case of ripped jerseys this season—five, if you include the Tyler Ennis incident over the summer.
The Swoosh brand announced its partnership with the league through the NikeConnect tech and the "Statement" edition gear. Although, it may have committed a mortal sin by overlooking the quality of its threads.
FHM delves into the other instances where the Nike uniforms failed the durability test and its effect on the unlucky wearer's performance.
vs BOS, Oct. 17: 29 points 16 reb 9 ast 2 blk
Even the King wasn't spared from the wardrobe malfunction. James may have gotten his usual (monster) stats, but not without a crack between his jersey number (23) in the waning seconds. Might've been a bad omen for somebody else on opening night, though...
vs WAS, Oct. 27: 3 pts 3 reb 6 ast 3 blk
That should've been a decent line for Green if it wasn't for that dust-up with Bradley Beal. Both players were ejected, yet the Golden State Warriors forward was the only one almost stripped down to his undershirt. Good thing his team won, 120-117.
vs IND, Nov. 3: 14 pts 11 reb 11 ast 3 blk 2 stl
The Philadephia 76ers rookie made history by getting his second triple-double after the first nine games of his career, as well as putting up one after his uniform got torn. The Sixers looked so much better following the 121-110 victory; the same cannot be said about those jerseys.
The manufacturers should take this issue seriously, for it has come to a point where the sight of shoddy clothing on the court is distracting.