OAKLAND — Addidas unveiled the latest innovation in NBA uniform design on Monday and it picked the perfect team to model its new digs. The Warriors will be the first NBA team to wear Addidas’ new short-sleeve uniform in action when they face the San Antonio Spurs in an ESPN game on Feb. 22. The stylish yellow and blue T-shirt-style of jersey is a departure from the traditional tank-top uniforms sported by basketball teams for decades.
“This is the right place to launch an innovation,” said Lawrence Norman, vice president of Addidas global basketball.
The short-sleeve uniform, featuring 360-degree stretch fabric around the shoulder for maximum flexibility and woven shorts for optimum ventilation, is 26 percent lighter than the Warriors’ current get-ups. Like the current uniforms, 60 percent of the new short-sleeve design is made with sustainable material.
“It feels lighter,” forward Harrison Barnes said. “The jersey fits so much more snug, the shorts are so much lighter and when you’re playing you don’t feel it as much.”
Barnes said most pro-basketball players practice in T-shirts because they’re more comfortable, so the uniforms feel natural on the court.
“It fits like a glove and it doesn’t restrict your shooting at all,” he said.
The alternate jerseys are predominantly yellow with blue lettering and they feature the classic Golden Gate Bridge logo prominently in the center. The shorts are yellow with blue pin stripes, a nod to the Bay Bridge.
“The pin stripes aren’t pin stripes,” said Rick Welts, the Warriors chief operating officer. “They’re really representative of the cables on the Bay Bridge. ... It’s literally what connects the East Bay to San Francisco. We are the Bay Area’s team, it’s an important component of the design.”
The Warriors will also wear the uniforms against the Houston Rockets on March 8 and the Chicago Bulls on March 15.
Norman said Addidas is currently in conversation with more than five other NBA teams who are interested in developing their own short sleeve uniforms for the 2013-14 season.
“The interest level is really, really strong,” he said.