SAN ANTONIO —LeBron James refused to use it as an excuse. James scored just 19 points on 6 of 18 shooting in the Miami Heat’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs Thursday, but said the poor performance may have been a result of his uniform. Both teams wore the NBA’s new sleeve jerseys. “I’m not making excuses,” James said. “I’m not a big fan of the jerseys, not a big fan of them. I’ve got to figure something out the next time I wear the short-sleeved jerseys.” James will not have to worry about the jerseys, with this being the last game this season the Heat wear them. He said the sleeve jerseys affected his jumpshot because of the tight fit. “I already don’t have much room for error on my jumpers,” James said. James wasn’t alone in complaining. Spurs guard Manu Ginobili and forward Kawhi Leonard both expressed their displeasure in wearing the jerseys. Giniboli wore a uniform one size bigger to improve comfort. “I got a bigger size,” Ginobili said. “In the morning, I went to shoot and I felt it was a little tight … In my case, the size I usually play with it, I had to bump one more because I need the freedom. I’m not used to playing with braces, pads, stuff like that.” Added Leonard, “I don’t like the sleeve jerseys, either. Just something I’m not used to. Just felt a little tight.” Heat guard Dwyane Guard and center Chris Bosh were also among those to complain. Bosh was the only member of Miami’s Big Three to shoot 50 percent from the field. “I’m not as big as LeBron,” Bosh said. “His shoulders are a little bit bigger than mine. He likes to wear smaller sizes. He kept saying it was tugging on his underarm a little bit. I’ve always said I’m more of an old-school type of basketball player. They’ve been having tank top jerseys for 100 years. They should keep it that way.” Wade would prefer to wear traditional jerseys, but said the sleeves weren’t the cause of the Heat’s worst loss of the season. “It ain’t the reason we lost,” Wade said. “You’re just not used to it. They [the Spurs] didn’t have a problem with it. It is what it is. Let’s not make this about a jersey, please. We got our butts kicked. That’s it.”
I’m not making any excuses but here come my excuses! Sounds like Portnoy backtracking during a Bro Show. I’m pretty sure just about everybody on the planet agrees that the sleeved jerseys suck, but when you’re the best player on earth you shouldn’t be blaming your wardrobe for shooting 30% from the floor and getting your doors blown off by the Spurs. I mean the guy just wrapped up dropping 61 while we’re a plastic mask strapped to his face. I’m pretty sure Lebron has the capability to overcome a little discomfort on the floor. I’m sure there were more Lebron post game quotes about the real reason they lost and I’m sure this is just being zeroed in on because its a headline, but the bottom line is a player of his caliber can’t be saying shit like that. Can you imagine Derek Jeter ever saying anything that would possibly hint he played poorly because of his uniform or some shit? He would never give the media any quotes where he could be painted like a crybaby. The greats can’t be saying weak shit like that.