A jersey is a knitted piece of clothing that covers the upper part of your body and your arms and does not open at the front. Jerseys are usually worn over a shirt or blouse.
A basketball uniform is a type of uniform worn by basketball players. Basketball uniforms consist of a jersey that features the number and last name of the player on the back, as well as shorts and athletic shoes. Within teams, players wear uniforms representing the team colors; the home team typically wears a lighter-colored uniform, while the visiting team wears a darker-colored uniform.
Uniforms have evolved greatly since the first game was played in 1891. In those early years, players wore long-sleeved, wool jerseys and long pants. It didn't take long for players and coaches to realize that long sleeves hindered arm motion when shooting the ball and that heavy uniforms caused fatigue among the players. Different basketball leagues have different specifications for the type of uniform that is allowed on the court. Early in the history of the sport, basketball was played in any type of athletic attire, but by the 1900s, special uniforms were developed and marketed to basketball players. The style, cut, and fit of basketball uniforms evolved throughout subsequent decades, often modeled after the general fashion trends of the day.
Shorts and sleeveless jerseys are now the accepted uniform worn by basketball players. For decades, players wore tight-fitting shirts and shorts. In the 1990s, players began to wear baggier uniforms, a style popularized by NBA icon Michael Jordan.
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