The NBA Playoffs are full of guys wearing what has become known as the "shooter sleeve," the piece of cloth worn on one arm that does who-knows-what exactly.
The fact that half of the starters in the Brooklyn Nets vs. Miami Heat series are wearing them prompted the New Yorker to get the story behind the most famous shooter sleeve, on the guy who set trends from hair-styles, to tattoos, to flashy new required "collared shirts," and even weird pieces of arm fashion: Allen Iverson.
It started as an improvised solution proposed by then Sixers trainer, Lenny Currier, to help with the bursitis in A.I.'s elbow. The jawn caught on and the go-getters at upstart sports apparel company Under Armor saw an opportunity:
A few months after Iverson débuted the repurposed compression stockinette, a nascent sportswear company called Under Armour contacted Currier and asked if Iverson might try on a nylon sleeve they had made especially for him. “Their version was longer and came in red, blue, black, and white, so that it could match whatever uniform we were wearing that night,” Currier said. “They had some elderly lady stitching them together by hand. Allen ended up giving her an autographed jersey because he loved the product so much.”
Someone get MCW her number.
>>The History of the Allen Iverson sleeve [New Yorker]
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NEWARK, Del. -- Freshman Ryan Daly scored 27 points and Delaware avenged its worst loss of the season, upsetting Northeastern 69-62 on Thursday night for the Blue Hens' first Colonial Athletic Association win of the season.
Cazmon Hayes added 13 points and Eric Carter 11 for Delaware (8-12, 1-6), which snapped a six-game losing streak that had included a 36-point loss, 90-54, to the Huskies on Jan. 5.
T.J. Williams scored 28 points, the only Huskies player to reach double figures. Northeastern (12-7, 5-2) lost its second straight after an eight-game winning streak.
Three-pointers by Devonne Pinkard and Daly gave Delaware the lead for good at 46-41 with 11 minutes left. A 14-2 run with eight points each from Carter and Daly made it a 12-point lead with two minutes to go.
Delaware made 17 of 22 free throws to 7 of 14 for Northeastern.
ELON, N.C. -- Tyler Seibring scored a career-high 25 points with seven rebounds and six assists, Steven Santa Ana added 22 points and Elon beat Drexel 93-73 on Thursday night.
Seibring scored 20-plus for the third time this season, hitting 4 of 6 from distance, and Elon led from start to finish. It was Santa Ana's sixth career 20-plus game in just his sophomore season.
The Phoenix hit double-digit 3-pointers (10) for the 10th time this season.
Dainan Swoope scored 16 points, Brian Dawkins 13 and Dmitri Thompson 12 for Elon (11-9, 3-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which hit 25 of 28 free-throw attempts -- including 17 of 18 in the second half.
Elon scored the first nine points of the game and had a 10-point lead at halftime.
Kurk Lee and John Moran each scored 15 points for Drexel (7-12, 1-5). Miles Overton added 13 points and Sammy Mojica 10.