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COLH
02-18-2009, 03:33 AM
Alot of nba players are wearing the arm sleeves, it seems like the new trend nowadays. I was just wondering, who started wearing it first?
And does it really help nba players? Just curious...haha

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Torque
02-18-2009, 03:39 AM
I think Kobe Bryant started wearing them first.

GoatMilk
02-18-2009, 03:41 AM
the full sleeve was another trend that AI started
and yeah, EVERYONE is wearing the sleeves now. AI started back in like 97 I think. But this year it really started to become a true trend. last year too, but this year there's at least 3 players on each team rocking one

Highlight
02-18-2009, 03:42 AM
To be honest, the first player I remember wearing them was Iverson. AI was always one to wear a lot of gear when he plays. I remember him wearing the arm sleeve back in Phili. I googled AI + Philli and I saw a few pics of him wearing them.

Personally, I usually don't wear any extra gear when I play ball, but recently I tried out the arm sleeve. It does keep your arm warm and it feels good, but it does get annoying. People are always swiping at the ball and hitting it, so it ends up sliding down. If it's really fitted then you might not have that problem. In all honesty you don't need any extra gear to play basketball (Unless it's protective gear). People just wear gear because it looks good.

Kyle N.
02-18-2009, 03:49 AM
To be honest, the first player I remember wearing them was Iverson. AI was always one to wear a lot of gear when he plays. I remember him wearing the arm sleeve back in Phili. I googled AI + Philli and I saw a few pics of him wearing them.

Personally, I usually don't wear any extra gear when I play ball, but recently I tried out the arm sleeve. It does keep your arm warm and it feels good, but it does get annoying. People are always swiping at the ball and hitting it, so it ends up sliding down. If it's really fitted then you might not have that problem. In all honesty you don't need any extra gear to play basketball (Unless it's protective gear). People just wear gear because it looks good.

I agree. I don't like extra gear on when I play. The only thing I sometimes use is a headband if I keep getting sweat in my eyes. But our basketball team has a no headband rule, so it didn't do me much good there.

pmmr2113
02-18-2009, 04:04 AM
i wear a black mouthpiece when i play ball. sometimes i'll wear compression sleeves on my calves just to keep them warm. they help, but start bugging when they begin to slide down all the time.

COLH
02-18-2009, 04:04 AM
To be honest, the first player I remember wearing them was Iverson. AI was always one to wear a lot of gear when he plays. I remember him wearing the arm sleeve back in Phili. I googled AI + Philli and I saw a few pics of him wearing them.

Personally, I usually don't wear any extra gear when I play ball, but recently I tried out the arm sleeve. It does keep your arm warm and it feels good, but it does get annoying. People are always swiping at the ball and hitting it, so it ends up sliding down. If it's really fitted then you might not have that problem. In all honesty you don't need any extra gear to play basketball (Unless it's protective gear). People just wear gear because it looks good.

Oh true, AI wears alot of gear. Yeah I was just curious if the arms sleeves actuallly helped out. Yeah, when I play ball I use to wear an elbow band to wipe of sweat, but now I don't it just gets annoying and kinda itchy for me haha. I guess you're right the extra gears are just mostly for aesthetic function.

TMAC94
02-18-2009, 04:09 AM
i've worn a sleeve in a game before, theres noting wrong with it, it doesnt help you or anything really, but it doesnt make it worse, i thought it was quite annoying but in the end i thought it was okay.

TMAC94
02-18-2009, 04:09 AM
some players wear them coz they have injuries and have tape over things and wear a sleeve over it

bigvdebo86
02-18-2009, 04:19 AM
plz everyone get it right ai started wearing it back in 2000

Trouble87
02-18-2009, 04:47 AM
AI wore the compression sleeve in the 1999/2000... it kind of picked up after that (like braids did)

I wore one in highschool to keep my shooting arm warm... didnt last long though I could never get used to it

I see they are making ones with padded elbows now so at least they have some real purpose other than arm warmer... it's funny back in the day no one ever wanted to wear protective gear. I got laughed off the court for wearing that compression sleeve

Big Zo
02-18-2009, 05:03 AM
I think Kobe Bryant started wearing them first.

No, but I believe he did start wearing the fruity tights first. :D

MC7EUNIT
02-18-2009, 05:18 AM
i thought AI had to wear it cus he had some offensive tattoos? i heard that a while ago but im not sure

CHief_0_o_Wahoo
02-18-2009, 05:32 AM
I thought AI, could be wrong though. Sort of started because of offensive tattoos so I think the league started it. Well not NBA, maybe college.

pete_one
02-18-2009, 05:32 AM
iverson started wearing the arm sleeves, kobe started wearing the half sleeves

Trouble87
02-18-2009, 05:33 AM
i thought AI had to wear it cus he had some offensive tattoos? i heard that a while ago but im not sure

that was always a rumor... the tat was supposed to have female nudity in it

not sure if its true

JayW_1023
02-18-2009, 06:11 AM
Some people wear them because it supposedly makes it easier to see a foul on the shooting motion. Personally I think these sleeves are ridiculous.

Nowadays, NBA players wear way too much gear. Lamar Odom and Al Thornton really overdo it at times.

harm0n1x
02-18-2009, 06:47 AM
I thought AI, could be wrong though. Sort of started because of offensive tattoos so I think the league started it. Well not NBA, maybe college.

i was gonna say almost the same thing. but in my opinion, they probably started wearing them to protect new and healing tattoos. and maybe some of the players decided they liked to keep wearing them. either way, doesn't seem too comfortable..

still1ballin
02-18-2009, 12:09 PM
I think Kobe started the trend of wearing the sleeves on the legs.

jp2734
02-18-2009, 05:13 PM
ray allen wore them last year in the playoffs cuz rip hamilton kept on scratching his arms when he was tryin to get open

chicagowhitesox
02-18-2009, 05:37 PM
i think ai/melo started wearing them first. i doubt it does anything though.

JJ81
02-18-2009, 06:08 PM
I dont like wearing one when I'm playing... doesnt do anything for me.

DrDEADalready
02-18-2009, 06:09 PM
First one I remember wearing them was Iverson. then after that alot of people started too.

NYKnickFanatic
02-18-2009, 06:12 PM
Lol, its not Kobe guys.
Its AI. He started it a while ago.

laker1000
02-18-2009, 06:14 PM
The first guy is saw wearing it was AI.

COLH
02-18-2009, 08:35 PM
Men AI made basketball hiphop

AIMelo=KillaDUO
02-18-2009, 08:43 PM
AI Started it!

COLH
02-18-2009, 08:45 PM
It seems like AI started alot of 'gangsta' things in the NBA haha.

Super.
02-18-2009, 08:48 PM
Ray Allen wears one because he kept getting "scratched" by Rip Hamilton during the 08 playoffs and it got him "out of his funk" as he said. he's been sporting it ever since. even house wears one too.

Fear_GAS_OLDier
02-18-2009, 08:55 PM
iverson

Nets fan 93
02-18-2009, 08:57 PM
VC has worn it for a while...also AI has too....probably AI

vick27m
02-18-2009, 09:08 PM
allen iverson has i think always worn a sleeve. so i would say him.

richardle9
02-18-2009, 09:38 PM
i thought iverson wore a sleeve because he had an "inappropiate" tatoo

SF25
02-18-2009, 09:49 PM
Yeah AI was the first. First it was a all about the tights and now that's been banned looks like it's the arm sleves.

The Answer3
02-18-2009, 09:49 PM
AI started it quite some time ago, in his MVP season. Nothing new, he's a known trend-setter.

Noles3490
02-18-2009, 09:56 PM
Iverson definitely started that.
No question

philab
02-18-2009, 09:58 PM
Iverson was definitely the first to wear one (at least among active players). He wore it for tendonitis in his elbow, IIRC -- a compression sleeve like someone else said.

Now, some players wear them for that same reason, a few for padding on the elbow (LeBron recently, for one), and some probably just to be fashionable.

I wore one on my calf for a bit; it does help.

ramz.n
02-18-2009, 10:20 PM
AI started the sleeve trend, he was forced to wear them because he has some tattoo's that were inappropriated for television..so he wore that on his arm, it also helps absorb evaporate sweat.

Kakaroach
02-18-2009, 10:30 PM
Allen Iverson of course. It's weird how even LeBron is wearing one now though...

philab
02-19-2009, 12:07 AM
Allen Iverson of course. It's weird how even LeBron is wearing one now though...

LeBron started wearing one after he got banged up a couple of weeks ago. It has a pad on the elbow. Who knows if it actually does anything though.