Ever since the beginning of NBA, all professional basketball players have been wearing the same thing. Only the designs and the fabrics evolve through time. But what is certainly different is the popularity that these jersey get every year or even by the decade. Of course, jerseys from the 1980's era would be more expensive nowadays, if you can still see any, while NBA Shirts now are also priced highly due to the popularity of the players.
If you can remember when Michael Jordan was still in his early years of playing basketball, their jerseys were a little tight on top while their shorts are very short. Well, it is also because that during those times, the basketball players were lean and tall. Jerseys now are very loose on top while the shorts are obviously longer than before this is probably because of the sizes of our NBA players now. It seems like being bigger and buffer is more advantageous now unlike before. And well, they can't really make spectacular and super amazing moves if they are wearing such a tight jersey. This is just one of the reasons why jerseys have changed.
One company that has been in the industry of making jerseys from professional sports associations is Mitchell & Ness. They were established since 1904 and have licenses with Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association. They launched their Hardwood Classics collection in 1998. And by May 2002, USA Today reported that the most popular NBA players for Mitchell & Ness are Julius Erving, then Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain and Larry Bird. Isn't it surprising that Jordan is not in the list? Maybe it's because that during the prime of these basketball players, Jordan was still starting his early years in playing ball.
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