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‘Ninja-style headwear’ no longer allowed in NBA

The NBA won’t allow players to wear “ninja-style headwear” this season.

Several players — including the Miami Heat‘s Jimmy Butler, the New Orleans PelicansJrue Holiday, the LA ClippersMontrezl Harrell, the Minnesota TimberwolvesKarl-Anthony Towns and the Brooklyn NetsJarrett Allen — regularly wore the headgear a season ago.

The NBA never had a formal process to approve the headgear, and allowed players to wear it during the 2018-19 season because, spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN, “We didn’t want to cause a disruption by intervening midseason.”

The NBA notified teams in May that the headbands wouldn’t be a part of this season’s approved uniforms.

The NBA’s competition committee planned to discuss the headwear as part of its meetings in Chicago on Monday, Bass said.

“The ninja-style headwear is not part of the NBA uniform and hasn’t been through the league approval process,” Bass told ESPN in a statement. “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.

“When some players began wearing them last season, we didn’t want to cause a disruption by intervening midseason, but we notified our teams in May that they would not be part of this season’s uniforms.”

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