Ah, the humble compression sleeve. You provide support for aching muscles, along with therapeutic warmth … according to that ad I read before writing this. And you’re also the item used when a player thinks something is ouchy, but there’s nothing actually wrong. “Hey, how about you wear this compression sleeve?” Brilliant.
For Carmelo Anthony, something is ouchy — both calves, actually. So in that case, go for it. But O.J. Mayo? Come on, that thing is providing zero support. It looks like plain old Lycra. Andres Nocioni has all sorts of problems — and that arm sleeve has a pad on the other side, but for his upper forearm. Hey, wait … so does Mayo. Is there an arm-whacking conspiracy in the NBA? Because Anthony has a pad, too. And so does Nene. And what’s up with Lamar Odom’s robocalves there on the left?
It’s come to the point that the Lycra arm sleeve is the NBA equivalent of the protective elbow guards that flooded baseball in the 1990s. Very few guys actually need them, but they’re everywhere. Well, at least they don’t have an NBA logo stamped on them … yet. — Bryan