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.
According to Joey Morona of Cleveland.com, the LeBron 15 "Ghost" colorway have already sold out shortly after they were available online on the Nike website on Tuesday morning.
Like numerous jerseys from opening night, LeBron's ripped one is being auctioned by the National Basketball Association to raise money for hurricane relief. Lakers guard Tyler Ennis' jersey split between the numbers 1 and 0 during a preseason game against the Timberwolves. It's constructed from a new version of Nike's Flyknit technology that's become a popular look on the brand's running shoes, one created to James' specificatios to provide the cushioning and responsiveness required of basketball players. "The performance benefits and sophisticated look make this shoe a force on and off the court".
The jersey was torn after Celtics guard Jaylen Brown grabbed at James' jersey while guarding him during the Cavaliers' 102-99 win.
So, while it's good that the novelty of a torn jersey worn by the best player in the league (not counting the entire Sixers starting lineup), it's worth Nike's time to figure out exactly why the jerseys are ripping.