Nike Reportedly Investigating Why LeBron James' Jersey Tore vs. Celtics

Nike Reportedly Investigating Why LeBron James' Jersey Tore vs. Celtics

A story from Cavaliers beat writer Jason Lloyd on suggests that the roots of the feud may stem from an incident between Irving's father, Drederick, and one of LeBron James' lifelong friends, who works for the Cavs. It happened when Boston's Jaylen Brown grabbed his jersey and forced a tear between the Nos.

Rovell cited sources Wednesday and said Nike is "extensively reviewing why the back of LeBron James' jersey split down the middle" even though it didn't issue a public comment.

On its debut evening of regular season play, one jersey couldn't handle the pressure of staying on the league's marquee player, and Nike isn't quite sure why.

Now, one can say that it's just one game and that it will take some time to gel in integrating new players such as veterans in Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green, but for a team that is stacked with enough talent to make a fourth straight appearance in the NBA Finals, they failed to leave a lasting impression.

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This is Nike's first season as the exclusive supplier of uniforms for the league, so it's a bad look for the jersey of the most popular player in the league - who has a lifetime deal with the company - to malfunction that badly. In the preseason opener earlier this month, Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis had his jersey ripped, and the 0 in his No. 10 uniform was left hanging.

James' torn jersey itself, which was being looked at to find any unforeseen issues, is being auctioned by the National Basketball Association, along with other jerseys from opening night, with the proceeds going to hurricane-relief efforts. The auction closes on October 26.

The tear didn't stop James from putting up an impressive stat line in the 102-99 win.