This past offseason Nike became the National Basketball Association’s jersey provider by outbidding Adidas. The deal is reportedly a 1 billion dollar deal over 8 years. Nike came out with new jerseys for the NBA with more recycled material as well as being extremely light. Nike tested out these jerseys in the 2016 Summer Olympics as well for college basketball last year. During these games, there were no incidents relating to jersey malfunctioning of any kind.
The first malfunction was during a Lakers preseason game when Tyler Ennis’s jersey ripped leaving the zero of his jersey behind.
The next incident of jerseys ripping was in the season opener where Jaylen Brown ripped Lebron James’s jersey and it split down the middle. This rip was reported much more because it was the second time, as well as the fact that it was the very first game of the season and it was nationally televised.
After this incident, Nike responded saying “”We are obviously very concerned to see any game day jersey tear and are working with the NBA and teams to avoid this happening in the future”.
The 3rd incident of this came after Draymond Green and Bradley Beal were involved in a fight. Although this rip had an excuse, a considerable amount of the jersey had been ripped off.
Adidas, who have provided the NBA jerseys before, have proved to have stronger jerseys as Lebron James struggled to rip off his sleeves during a game against the Knicks.
This problem will be continuing to evolve in the next couple of weeks as Nike investigates this problem.
**UPDATE**(November 3, 2017)
Ben Simmons jersey ripped off during a game against the Pacers after it was tugged on in a struggle to get the rebound.