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The NBA may do away with both sleeved jerseys, and affordable official replica player jerseys

LeBron James and Kevin Love react to the news. (Getty Images)

LeBron James and Kevin Love react to the news. (Getty Images)

The NBA might be one step closer to treating sleeved jerseys as the dated novelty that many pegged them as even before their introduction. As the league moves from one shoe company outfitter to another, word has leaked that the new provider might not have sleeves up their particular production sleeves, which would bring a swift end to the noxious 2013-2017 run of the superfluous add-ons.

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Uni Watch’s Paul Lukas found a snippet from behind the Wall St. Journal’s paywall, one that should mollify any concern they may have over an NBA star’s routine being shot to bits just because the league wanted to take a chance on selling a style of jersey that you’ve never, ever seen anyone wear in real life.

Nike is set to take over as the NBA’s “exclusive apparel provider,” from Adidas, starting with the 2017-18 season. The shoe company will have some decisions to make about the templates they’ll inherit. From the Wall St. Journal’s Sara Germano:

Nike, meanwhile, is expected to present its initial NBA jersey designs to retailers beginning this week. The company said it doesn’t plan to produce sleeved jerseys, a style debuted by Adidas in 2013 that received mixed reviews from players and fans.

Yes, that is rather ambiguous, but Paul Lukas has made a career out of divining these sorts of press releases and/or reports, and his take is worth noting:

I saw a few people on Twitter yesterday trying to parse the Journal’s wording (“They don’t plan to do sleeves, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do sleeves”), but come on — the clear implication there is that the sleeved jerseys are on the way out.

Well, then. Such flexibility and freedom.

Sleeves entered the NBA’s style watch in 2013, when the Golden State Warriors debuted their fabrics in the days when Mark Jackson was still preaching his style of play. Reaction ranged from ambivalent to derisive, few outside of excitable brand-humpers truly stood fully behind the change, and almost immediately players began to chafe.

Stephen Curry, still a year and a half before his pair of MVP runs commenced, called them “ugly.” LeBron James complained about their addition to the NBA’s slate of Christmas games in 2013 before his Miami Heat had even played a game in the outfits, prior to slightly stepping away from outright opposition.

He later concluded that his team would “have to figure something out” due to the NBA’s insistence on keeping the jerseys, even after James relayed that he was “not a big fan of the jerseys” following the needless application of the money-making gimmick during an important regular season contest between the Heat and the San Antonio Spurs in the midst of the two teams’ two-year Finals rivalry with each other.

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James famously ripped the sleeves off of his jersey while in the midst of a mini-shooting slump on national TV. Both superstars (along with fellow kvetcher Dirk Nowitzki) have played scads of games in sleeves in the years since, but initial impressions tend to stick.

This hardly stopped the NBA, which doubled-down on the novelty in the final years of its apparel deal with Adidas, the league’s primary outfitter since 2006. The damn things didn’t even sell all that well.

In the league’s defense, commissioner Adam Silver hardly chided (much less fined or suspended) his players for complaining about (what we’d always hoped would be) the trial run, even when eminently fine-able players like Beno Udrih also chimed in about the sleeves. “Ultimately,” Silver told Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck back in 2013, “if the players don’t like them, we’ll move on to something else.”

Or, “if the contract with Adidas runs out and Nike decides that sleeves are trash, we’ll listen to Nike. They sign the checks, and they mostly pick the players and coaches that we send to the Olympics. Was that out loud?”

Of course, it was LeBron’s Cavaliers that decided that the team’s black, sleeved jerseys were good luck in the spring and summer of 2016, prior to riding them (and, well, LeBron) all the way to the team’s first championship over that sleeved-guinea pig from the Bay Area. The team still cares about making points with its apparel, as you no doubt witnessed in the team’s decision to go with wine-colored alternate jerseys (with no sleeves) in the team’s rematch with the Golden State Warriors on Monday night.

And we saw how that turned out.

The Warriors also introduced pinstriped shorts in 2013, for some reason. (Getty Images)

The Warriors also introduced pinstriped shorts in 2013, for some reason. (Getty Images)

Lukas estimates that 19 out of 30 NBA teams currently wear sleeved jerseys, with Nike set to take over the NBA’s apparel reign at the start of 2017-18.

What is of actual importance is the fact that, true to form, the NBA and its shoe company partner will move ahead to place advertisements on jerseys. Ensuring that thousands upon thousands of children will be eased into the idea of acting as walking billboards for various corporate interests, just so the NBA and its teams (many of which are valued at well over a billion dollars) can squeeze in a few more millions per year. On the wings of your daughter wearing an ad for an insurance company to the gym.

More importantly, the league (now officially run, in part, by Nike; as opposed to whatever we were calling it before), will start to slide affordable jerseys out of shops.

From Sara Germano at the Wall St. Journal:

Beginning with the 2017-18 season, so-called replica NBA jerseys will be only sold on the league’s website and by online retailer Fanatics, which will manufacture the jerseys. Higher-priced jerseys, similar to the ones worn on-court by players, will be manufactured by Nike Inc. and sold through its retail partners.

Major sports leagues offer different versions of jerseys, ranging from expensive “authentic” ones that are most similar to those worn by players, to replicas which are typically screen-printed on different fabrics. The NBA also sells midpriced “swingman” jerseys, which have most of the same features as player kits but with more simplified stitching.

Replica jerseys made by Adidas AG cost about $70, while swingman jerseys are priced at $110, and the on-court jerseys fetch $300. The NBA said pricing under the new arrangement hasn’t been finalized.

So, the ability to drive five minutes to a non-sporting goods store and spend, say, $40 on a Paul George jersey for your kid (speaking from personal experience) will likely be taken away. It will be high end to no end for the NBA and Nike from here on out.

At least the sleeves might be gone, though. Those things were annoying!

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Internal vs External Motivation

But, then again, motivation is basically divided into two parts, which might lead to ask how internal vs.

  • external motivation differs?

    Internal vs External Motivation

    Motivation  can be either external (extrinsic) and internal (intrinsic).

    External motivation – the driving force that triggers you in achieving your goal.

    Such as:

    • Money
    • Prize
    • A simple smile and encouragement.

    Internal motivation – the force that leads you to achieve a goal because of personal satisfaction or desire

    Examples are:

    • Putting up your own business
    • Participating in a competition

    Trophies, medals, money, discounts, grades, entrance to programs or schools, new clothes and losing weight are all examples of extrinsic motivators. These are used to motivate individuals to pursue their goals.

    Here are some more examples of external motivation:

    • Doing an article for a specific website in exchange for a high salary
    • Joining a web design competition just to win a brand new iPad Air
    • A company needs an employee who is a research addict.
    • Doing a logo design for a very prestigious company
    • A company looking for a versatile IT enthusiast

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    These are examples of internal motivation:

    • Determination to get a college education
    • Putting up  a computer cafe
    • Working for a company as a blogger
    • Participation in an online game competition
    • Pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science

    Intrinsically motivated, you are able to feel some enjoyment and personal satisfaction and develop the skill and competency that you want. It’s a personal accomplishment. It is not about getting something in return.

    Ways To Get Motivated Externally

    • Disregard What Is NOT Important. Spending so much time on insignificant things is useless.Wasting your time on nonsense is crap. By doing so will give you a time to focus and be productive. Consider only the things that would be beneficial to you.
    • Reject Boredom. Boredom means being empty. Think of things that inspire you, things that make you smile. Spend your quality time with really what is worth the effort.
    • Laugh a Lot. Spend some time for yourself. Treat yourself to a movie, go swimming, invite friends for a house party. Celebrate. Having a great time could be a great source of stress reliever. Moreover, you get inspirations from it.
    • Stay Fit. For some, this is a difficult task to do for they are timid. Pump up irons, jog and do some push ups, go running around your house. It will eventually disturb your physical body, killing laziness and giving you a warm feeling.

    exercise

    • Make a  Playlist. Have a list of your favorite songs. Try downloading some of it from Top Billboards charts or from iTunes.  Listening to music can inspire you and get that awesome mood to keep everything on the go. Just don’t turn up the volume to recreate the scene. The only thing better than silence is good music.

    playlist

    • Avoid Energy Leeches. Braggers, bummers, killjoys- these people are all sucking up your energy. Don’t get caught under their destructive domain. Isolating yourself from these parasites can set your mood successfully.
    • Make Time to be Creative. Discover a new passion. When it comes to building your creativity, Why not try web designing. Take some risks. While your efforts may not lead to success every time, your new found talent will benefit you in the future.

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    • Support an Advocacy. Support a cause in your neighborhood. Lend a hand. Attend seminars. Go tree planting. Mother nature will surely be crying for your tremendous effort and generosity.
    • Have a Break. Call or invite a friend to watch the latest blockbuster movie. Grab a bag of popcorn and soda and enjoy each other’s company.
    • Diet Shift. How about changing your diet? Explore and try to devour some new recipes. Break your usual meal.  If you love meat, then, it is your time to become vegetarian. Eat and live well. For some people eating is an effective stress reliever.

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    Ways To Get Motivated Internally

    • Think Fun and Variety. Work hard, play hard. It’s nice to think that you are enjoying what you are doing. You no longer feel that it is work.. You are exactly doing both! Monotony is a killer. Motivation comes from doing what is fun. Be happy.

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    • Make or Deal with Yourself. This avoids procrastination and getting things done. You just simply tell yourself that if you finished a certain task, you treat yourself for some mouth-watering ice cream or a walk in the beach.
    • Be Efficient. Take time to rest and think of ways how  would you become productive. Look for some ways how to get things done in minimal time. Every minute counts.
    • Clean Your Room. Try giving your room a total  make-over. Throw some old stuff out of your room. Embrace the unconventional and new. Start fresh. This gives you a sense of beginning.

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    • Always Think of Your Achievements. Consider your success rather than your failures. It gives you a satisfying relief recalling what you did that made other people proud of you.
    • Generate Anticipation. Set a date in the future about something. Make that the start date and get excited about that date. This would make you look forward about the date.

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    • Master a Skill. Mastering a skill tends to give you a reason to be hooked on it and helps you to think more of other possible and creative ways to enhance it. This is where inspiration comes in.
    • Try Befriending Courage and Altruism. Having the courage to do things makes an individual pursue and finish something. It’s their desire. Pair it with the feeling that show motivation to help other people and not being selfish.
    • Believe in yourself. Trusting yourself that you can do it unleashes your adrenaline into a high level. This helps you develop the vigor and the power to move on.

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    • Introspect. Try looking at yourself in the mirror. Close your eyes and imagine yourself alone. Try to ask yourself questions that  would make you feel happy. In your solitude, you can focus on yourself.

    How Do You Hold on to Your Motivation?

    Holding on to your motivation is a little bit exhausting. We need to find ways to overcome it. Try some of these.

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    • Try setting a goal. This is very important. Divide your goals into several minor goals, each goal leading to your major goal. This will also help you see your goal if it’s feasible or not.
    • Understand what you are doing and acquire the habit of always getting to the finish line.
    • Socialize with achievers and associate yourself with motivated individuals. Share your interest with them.
    • Never entertain the idea of procrastination. This leads to being timid.
    • Look at your goals in a wider perspective with a feeling of joy and positivity.
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    Week 13 fantasy hockey winners and losers: Jason Zucker stays hot

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    Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker shoots against the Los Angeles Kings. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

    Victoria Beaver
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    The world of fantasy hockey is a busy place, so we’ll review the best and worst performers each week to help you see what you might have missed and learn about emerging trends.

    Winners

    Left Wing: Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild
    Last week’s stats: 3 games, 2 goals, 1 assist

    Jason Zucker is having a strong January, with five points in six games and 16 points in his last 19 games overall. He seems to be trying to prove something to the Wild considering after getting a short-term deal coming off a lackluster 2015-16 season. With the expansion draft around the corner, rumors have been circling that the left winger may soon return to his hometown of Las Vegas.

    Zucker would prefer to stay with Minnesota and is putting up the points to earn that spot. He started the season on the fourth line with limited ice time and has worked his way up to a spot in the top six. He added a goal and an assist to his season total Saturday against the Stars.

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    Center: John Tavares, New York Islanders
    Last week’s stats: 3 games, 5 goals (1 hat-trick), 0 assists

    Tavares had back-to-back multi-goal games with two earned in Saturday’s loss to Carolina and a hat trick in Friday’s win over Florida, which was his first of the season. Entering last week, the Isles shooter had only 11 goals, which means in two games he increased his total by 31 percent. He will try to ride this momentum entering into their last road game of a three-game trip. The Isles face Boston on Tuesday.

    Goalie: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
    Last week’s stats: 3 games, 3 goals allowed, 1 shutout, .962 save percentage

    Holtby added sixth shutout of the season on Friday against Chicago to pass Tuukka Rask for the league lead. Since being pulled against the Maple Leafs after giving up three quick goals on January 3, Holtby has three shut outs and is riding a five-game winning streak.

    Defenseman: Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
    Last week’s stats: 3 games, 2 goals, 3 assists

    Burns is one of those unique players who can reliably score from the defensive position, which makes him just as valuable to fantasy players as any other shooter. He currently leads NHL defensemen in points and goals with 44 and 17 respectively. At 31, Burns is on track to have his most productive season, so keep riding that wave.

    Losers

    Goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins
    Last week’s stats: 2 games, 2 losses, 10 goals against, .863 save percentage

    Fleury had a tough time keeping pucks out of the net as soon as the Penguins took to the road. Pittsburgh has dropped the last three games, all high-scoring affairs. Fleury was in the net for two of losses with backup Matt Murray playing in Thursday’s 4-1 loss to Ottawa. Murray’s performance is significant because it was his first game back since suffering a lower-body injury on December 28.

    The Penguins return home Monday to face the Capitals, who are riding an eight-game winning streak including a 5-2 victory over the Penguins last Wednesday. Now that Murray is healthy, expect the goaltenders to start splitting time between the pipes, which will make predicting Fleury’s good games increasingly difficult for fantasy owners.

    Center: Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
    Last week’s stats: 3 games, 0 goals, 1 assist, shortened ice time

    Larkin is having growing pains in his transition to center. As a result he is not getting the same scoring opportunities he had as a winger. The Larkin of 2015-16 is a far cry from this week’s player, who is suffering a sophomore slump. His lone point of the week came from an assist in the 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago. Disappointingly, this was only Larkin’s second point in the month. The switch to center might eventually strengthen the young player, but with limited ice time and a -17 rating, it is time to put Larkin on the bench until further notice.

    Left Wing: Jimmy Vesey, New York Rangers
    Last week’s stats: 2 games, 0 points, -3 rating

    It is not that Vesey has been weak as a freshman, but he is overworked and not currently netting the points to justify his starts. Vesey has only missed one game and that came at the beginning of the season. This amount of ice time was defensible at the time considering Vesey scored seven goals in his first month but he has cooled since, adding only four since. His last point came on December 31.

    Defenseman: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
    Last week’s stats: 3 games, 1 goal, 0 assists

    Chara added only his third goal of the season in 6-3 win over the Flyers on Saturday. The 39-year-old defenseman seems to have stepped back this season to assume a strategic role and help develop the remainder of the Bruins defense. The embattled squad was ridiculed at the start of the season, but is now the main reason Boston has a shot at a playoff run.

    One big reason Chara has not been getting the scoring chances he had in the past is moving from the power-play to the penalty kill this season. Regardless of the reasoning behind the move, it limits his attractiveness.

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    MacTavish unleashes Oilers’ scary mascot on Harvey The Hound (Video)

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    In 2003, Craig MacTavish was coaching the Edmonton Oilers when Calgary Flames mascot Harvey the Hound taunted him at the bench.

    The Flames were winning 4-0. MacTavish was pissed. So when Harvey mocked him yet again, MacTavish reached up, grabbed its tongue, yanked it out and threw it into the crowd.

    It was pretty much the greatest thing ever:

    In 2016, MacTavish is Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Edmonton Oilers. He apparently still has a grudge against Harvey. And much like Darth Sideous groomed Darth Maul as a lethal weapon against the Jedi, MacTavish apparently has been programming his nightmare fuel new mascot, Hunter The Canadian Lynx, to become a tongue-ripping killing machine.

    (Hunter, forever known around these parts as “the cover model of an issue of ‘Cat Fancy’ guest-edited by Guillermo del Toro.”)

    Here’s the video evidence from the Oilers:

    Kudos for the “JFK,” “Psycho” and 1980s training montage references. And for the amazing set decoration in the “Calgary Flames offices,” i.e. that one jersey.

    When reached for comment, Harvey The Hound told us, “blrrrrrrrrrrrgh blrrrrrgh” and then saliva just fell out of his mouth like a disgusting waterfall.

    Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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