The National Basketball Association will no longer allow players to wear the ninja-style headwear starting the 2019-2020 season. During the 2018-2019 NBA season, there was no formal process to approve the headband but several players were allowed to wear it.
According to NBA spokesman Mike Bass, they did not want to intervene midseason because they did not want to cause a disruption. In May 2019, the NBA informed teams that the headband would not be part of the approved uniform of the 74th season.
“The ninja-style headwear is not part of the NBA uniform and hasn’t been through the league approval process,” Bass explained in a statement obtained by ESPN. “Teams have raised concerns regarding safety and consistency of size, length and how they are tied, which requires a thorough review before consideration of any rule change.”
On September 7, 2019, Mike Scott, 31, took to Twitter to share his reaction to the ban. He signed with the Los Angeles Clippers on July 9, 2018 and was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers on February 6, 2019.
The 74th season will run from October 22, 2019 to April 15, 2020. Here are some of the basketball players who wore the ninja-style headwear during the 2018-2019 NBA season:
Jarrett Allen, 21
Brooklyn Nets center
Jimmy Butler, 29
Miami Heat shooting guard and small forward
Montrezl Harrell, 25
Los Angeles Clippers power forward and center
Jrue Holiday, 29
New Orleans Pelicans point guard and shooting guard
Mike Scott, 31
Philadelphia 76ers power forward
Karl-Anthony Towns, 23
Minnesota Timberwolves center
Meanwhile, watch NBA players read mean tweets on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” here: