The National Basketball Association is consistently a league that set trends in the fashion world. Players on and off-court swag is oftentimes imitated and duplicated by so many fans. The latest on-court style of ninja-like headbands took on a life of its own this past year. Players like Jimmy Butler, Jrue Holiday, and Jarrett Allen helped make the style popular. Despite the cultural phenomenon, the NBA has nixed the fashion statement almost as fast as it started.
Rumors and reports began to surface last week, implying the league was planning to ban players from wearing the ninja headbands Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed that the league would no longer allow players to dawn the headbands. The NBA cited potential concerns about player safety issues the ninja headbands could create.
“The NBA notified teams that it won’t allow players to wear ‘ninja-style headwear’ this season, NBA spokesman Mike Bass tells ESPN. The headwear hasn’t been through the league approval process. Teams have raised concerns regarding safety and consistency of size, length.”
I’m not entirely sure what safety concerns could be proposed by wearing a headband with a small tail at the end of it, but the NBA knows if they can hide behind the guise of safety, there won’t be very much push back.
Players are claiming that the explanation they received for not being able to wear the headband was that they were not professional.
Mike Scott, along with some other NBA players felt like this was a bit of coded language, and silly.
To a lesser extent, this feels like when the NBA changed the dress code during the Allen Iverson-era of basketball. They were ripped for that, but decided not to change their rules. It doesn’t seem likely they will budge on this, but maybe after evaluation, if “safety” can be addressed, we will see the headbands on the court again.
"That's For Nipsey!": Russell Westbrook Honors Late Rapper With Historic Performance
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Russell Westbrook has just completed the first Double Triple Double game (20 PTS/20 REB/20 AST) in NBA history since Wilt Chamberlain did it on February 2nd, 1968.— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) April 3, 2019
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I don’t think folks understand...— L E F T, PhD ⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) April 3, 2019
The fact that Russell Westbrook went out, in honor of Nipsey Hussle, and put up 20 points, 20 rebounds, and 20 assists, from a hood perspective, this goes down as one of the greatest sports feats of all time. pic.twitter.com/dxHxymZ1mM
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Top class, @russwest44.— That Ain't The DJ, That's My DJ (@CoryTownes) April 3, 2019
The Marathon continues. 🏁
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“Dedication, Hardwork plus Patience” 💙🏁💙 pic.twitter.com/VyPwNfGFp9— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 3, 2019
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Russell Westbrook just recorded the first 20-20-20 line in 51 years 🤯— SLAM (@SLAMonline) April 3, 2019
20 Points ✅
21 Assists ✅
20 Rebounds ✅ pic.twitter.com/FZI871nhXj
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russell westbrook is so important— Rembert Browne (@rembert) April 3, 2019
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@russwest44 just did the hardest, realest shit I ever seen and dropped 20+20+20 for Nip that’s craze— uno (@callmequi_) April 3, 2019
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Much respect for Russell Westbrook's all-time stat line (especially for the 20 rebounds and 21 assists) and for his pregame, in-game and postgame dedication.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 3, 2019
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russell westbrook, born in los angeles, drops the nba’s first 20-20-20 game since 1968, against the lakers, in honor of longtime friend nipsey hussle.— CFB Max 🏈🐶 (@maxalan) April 3, 2019
it’s bigger than sports. pic.twitter.com/irbRB71Qbh
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Russell Westbrook, put this show on for Nipsey! He tied Oscar Robertson for the ONLY other person to have a 20-20-20 game!— Jacoby (@onlyonejacoby) April 3, 2019
Russ said “THATS FOR NIPSEY! THATS FOR NIPSEY!” Couldn’t ask for a better leader! Oklahoma, you better appreciate your POINT GUARD pic.twitter.com/ccWF3j0X5g
NBA Bands “Ninja-Style” Headbands Because of Safety Issues was originally published on cassiuslife.com