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    NEW YORK -- LeBron James said he wasnt trying to make a statement by not staying at a Donald Trump-branded hotel with the Cleveland Cavaliers, calling it a personal preference. Reshad Jones Jersey .It would be the same if I went to a restaurant and decided to eat chicken and not steak, James said.James and some other players didnt stay with the team at the Trump SoHo in lower Manhattan before the Cavs game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. James said it was the first time in his career he hasnt stayed with his team, though he said he rode the bus to the morning shootaround as usual with the squad.James endorsed Hillary Clinton and campaigned with her in Ohio. Several of his teammates, including Richard Jefferson, Iman Shumpert and others have expressed their disappointment about Trumps win.At the end of the day I hope hes one of the best presidents ever, for all of our sake, James said. For my family, for all us.A team spokesman didnt say how many players opted not to stay in the team hotel and wasnt sure how James met up with the bus.Coach Tyronn Lue, who stayed with the team, was asked if it was odd to have the players split up on the road.Its not normal, but considering the circumstances thats what we have, Lue said. But thats not my main objective. My main thing is to try to get this team to stay on track and play the right way and try to get back on track by playing Cleveland Cavalier basketball.James wouldnt talk about Knicks President Phil Jackson, who angered the All-Star forward last month by referring to his friends and business partners in an ESPN interview as a posse. Leonte Carroo Jersey . It says Pocklingtons lawyer filed the appeal Friday in a California court. CTV Edmonton also says Pocklington gave a $100,000 cash deposit as part of the conditions of his bail, and that he will be out on bail until his appeal is heard. Anthony Steen Jersey .Y. -- Leading 3-0 with only 11:25 left, the Colorado Avalanche committed a seemingly meaningless penalty to give the New York Islanders a power play. http://www.cheapdolphinsjerseyselite.com/ ;. -- Bryant McKinnie came out of his stance and lowered his shoulder into a practice squad player, causing a crisp thud to reverberate in the Miami Dolphins practice bubble. As just about everyone knows by now, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was a bit unhappy with the 1970s leisure suit throwback uniforms that the team was slated to wear on July 23 -- so unhappy that he reportedly used a knife to cut the jerseys to shreds.But hey, Chris, if youre reading this, keep in mind that it could have been worse. The Sox could have broken out the shorts.Uni Watch is referring to, of course, the shorts that the White Sox infamously wore on the diamond in 1976. In fact, were fast approaching the 40th anniversary of the shorts on-field debut, which took place on Aug. 8, 1976. That makes this the perfect time for the Sox to trot out the shorts as a throwback, no? Perhaps it could even be timed to coincide with Sales turn in the rotation (as long as the clubhouse staff hid all the knives and scissors).Four decades later, theres a lot of misinformation about the shorts, especially regarding how often they were worn. Broadcasters will often say things like, Remember that season when the White Sox wore the shorts all year long? or Remember that one game when the White Sox wore the shorts?The reality is that the shorts were neither a season-long enterprise nor a one-game experiment. They were unveiled on March 9, 1976, along with the rest of the teams leisure suit uniform set, (team owner Bill Veeck said at the time that the shorts would be ideal for hot weather) but they didnt make their on-field debut until the first game of an Aug. 8 doubleheader against the Royals. They were worn again on Aug. 21 and 22 against the Orioles (the second game of which was the opener of a doubleheader).Those three games comprise the totality of the Sox-in-shorts saga. The team won two of the games, giving the shorts a nifty .667 winning percentage -- not bad, especially for a team that went 62-96, or .392, for the rest of its schedule.Photos from the three games are rare, but you can see some good shots here. Theres also some fantastic home-movie footage from the Aug. 22 game, which shows a bit of pregame and game action. The film, which has been preserved on YouTube, also features priceless shots of fans participating in a bizarre bit of between-games entertainment: a beer case-stacking contest.Many fans mistakenly think the Sox couldnt slide in the shorts for fear of cutting up their knees, but that wasnt the case. The players had little pads tucked under the tops of their socks, just below the kneecap, which apparently provided enough protection to allow for sliding.You might not think those little pads offered much protection, but the numbers dont lie: According to the archived box scores, the Sox stole eight bases without being caught in their three shorts-clad games, so the pads must have been doing the job. Walt Aikens Jersey. (Either that or the opposing catchers were too busy laughing to throw anyone out.). You can see some footage of two shorts-clad slides by skipping ahead to the 1:51 mark of this video:Despite the winning record and the success on the basepaths, the shorts were retired after those three games, so MLB has been shorts-free since then (well, unless you count Hunter Pence). But while the White Sox were the first and still only big league team to wear shorts, several minor league teams wore them in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.And heres an interesting wrinkle: Those red shorts worn by the Austin Braves were a trial run for the teams parent club in Atlanta. Former MLB pitcher Ron Reed, who was on that 1966 Austin squad, provided the details in this 2011 article, in which he said, The shorts were worn in that first game as a trial to see if they would be appropriate for the Atlanta Braves players. Summers in Georgia are hot [and 1966 was the Braves first season in Atlanta after moving there from Milwaukee], so some genius figured shorts might be better for the players rather than the wool uniforms they wore at that time. After a couple of our Austin players came back to the dugout with giant strawberries on their knees and thighs from sliding into second, third and home plate during that first game, the shorts idea was abandoned, thank God.Hmm, maybe the Braves didnt think to use sliding pads like the White Sox did, eh?Although the Chisox never wore their shorts after those three 1976 games, the shorts nonetheless had a bit of an afterlife. Like many MLB teams at that time, the Sox recycled their old uniforms in their minor league system, and the shorts ended up being worn by the Double-A Knoxville White Sox. At one point that resulted in a dream matchup of 1970s uniforms: the Sox shorts versus Houstons tequila sunrise design.Of course, that took place long before Chris Sale was coming up through the White Sox farm system. Luckily for him -- and, maybe, for the shorts.(For more information on the White Sox shorts, look here.)Would you like to nominate a uniform or uni element to be showcased in a future Friday Flashback installment? Send your suggestions here.Paul Lukas wore shorts while writing this column. If you like how it turned out, youll probably like his Uni Watch Blog, plus you can follow him on Twitter and Facebook. Want to learn about his Uni Watch Membership Program, be added to his mailing list so youll always know when a new column has been posted or just ask him a question? Contact him here. Wholesale Jerseys 2019 Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Cheap Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL JerseysNFL Jerseys From China ' ' '
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