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LeBron James: T-shirt jerseys the ‘last thing on my mind right now’


The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak and are hosting the Portland Trail Blazers at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday night. What makes the game potentially so compelling beyond the team’s need to stop its slide is that the Cavaliers will be donning their t-shirt jerseys once again.

But LeBron James, despite his apparent dislike for the alternate uniforms, insists what he’ll be wearing Tuesday night is not weighing upon him at all heading into a critical game.

“Whatever uniform is put in my locker I’ll wear and be ready for the game,” James said after the team’s morning shootaround, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Joe Vardon. “The last thing on my mind right now is our uniforms. It’s playing better.”

James raised some eyebrows when he ripped the sleeves on the t-shirt jersey during a game against the New York Knicks on Nov. 4, the last occasion where the Cavaliers donned them.

While James did his best to perform damage control after his in-game outburst, he did concede his issue with the t-shirt jerseys “might be mental” before saying frustration got the best of him during the 96-86 victory.

“I was just, I was in my own way, I was a little frustrated with my shot and couldn’t make a bucket, so like I said I had to take it out on something,” he said.

James’ outburst in November wasn’t the first time he expressed disdain for this kind of alternate jersey. During his tenure with the Miami Heat, James flat-out stated he does not like them.

But for now, it appears James is keeping his focus on things he can control, like getting the Cavaliers out of a disappointing losing streak.