May 12, 2014; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) disputes a call to NBA referee Ed Malloy (14) in the first half in game four of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers to wear sleeved 'Rip City' jersey (Photo)

The vast majority of NBA fans aren’t exactly enamored with the idea of their favorite team wearing a sleeved jersey, but the league and Adidas continue to push the look. In fact, the NBA is actually forcing a select number of teams to wear the sleeved jersey this season in hopes of the style catching on.

One team who will feature the look are the Portland Trail Blazers, who may have one of the best alternate jerseys in the NBA. Portland’s famed ‘Rip City’ jersey is always among the top selling in the league though that number may dip this year given the popular alternate jersey will now be equipped with sleeves.

That’s the word from Blazers beat reporter who says the team will be moving to the new look this season, though, only for the alternate jersey.

The NBA released designs for the 2014-15 season “pride” jerseys, including the “Rip City” version, and all feature the short sleeves that the league has been testing for the last two seasons.

The Portland Trail Blazers are just one of many teams who will be wearing the sleeved uniform which is now part of the ‘Pride’ collection (at least for this season), though fan reaction has been iffy at best.

Hopefully this season the NBA and Adidas will have made the jersey (at least those made for sale) less form fitting as the look just doesn’t support the majority of fans who don’t have the same uber-athletic body of professional athletes.

Sleeves or not, the Portland Trail Blazers alternate is still a good looking uniform.

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