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Warriors will play three games wearing sleeves

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The Golden State Warriors will unveil a new look when they take the court for a Feb. 22 game against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland.

The Warriors will be sporting new yellow Adidas uniform tops with short sleeves, as opposed to the traditional sleeveless look. Golden State will also sport sleeves for home games March 8 against the Houston Rockets and March 15 against the Chicago Bulls.

"I think Adidas presenting it to us and giving us the option to be the first one to do this demonstrates our willingness to be inventive," Warriors co-owner Peter Guber told the Oakland Tribune.

Lawrence Norman, Adidas' vice president of global basketball, told the newspaper, "It was the right moment, the right team. 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?"

According to the Tribune report, Adidas says the new uniform tops are 26 percent lighter than the standard tops. Stretch fabric covers the shoulder area, and the entire shirt features small ventilation holes.

The front has the word Warriors in all capital letters above the team's bridge logo.

The new design gives the Warriors another item to sell at their concession stands and online, but team president Rick Welts told the Tribune, "We didn't do this for the sales. This is all about the image of the franchise and being forward."
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