Warriors to wear short sleeves

Updated: February 12, 2013, 10:59 AM ET
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Courtesy of Adidas The Warriors will wear short-sleeve jerseys for three of their remaining home games this season.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors have unveiled plans to wear the NBA's "first modern short-sleeve jersey" for three of their remaining home games this season.

The Warriors announced Monday that they will debut the alternate uniforms at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 22. The team will also wear the jerseys for home games against Houston on March 8 and Chicago on March 15.

Adidas, the uniform-provider of the NBA, says the jerseys feature "the first-ever super lightweight stretch woven short with maximum ventilation for player comfort. The jersey includes armhole insets with 360-degree stretch fabric that facilitates free range of motion for the arms and shoulders."

Adidas bills the jersey as the "adizero NBA short sleeve uniform system" and hopes to unveil similar short-sleeve jerseys for other NBA teams next season.

"It was the right moment, the right team," Lawrence Norman, Adidas' vice president of global basketball, told the San Jose Mercury News. "Even more important, the right city. When you launch something as innovative as this -- that will change the way the players look on the court and the way the fans support the team forever -- why not launch it in the most innovative part of the United States?"

The uniforms, according to adidas, are 26 percent lighter than the traditional NBA jersey.

"I think it will be a trendsetter," Warriors rookie forward Harrison Barnes told the Mercury News. "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."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.