Jarrett Allen’s “Jimi Hendrix Period” is over.
The NBA has announced that it will no longer permit players to wear what it called ‘ninja-style headwear,” which many players wore last season as part of their loyalty to Nike, who distributed and marketed the head bands.
Allen was among the bands’ aficionados, wearing them regularly and looking a lot like 60’s rock star Jimi Hendrix with his throwback Afro and headband.
Allen, Miami’s Jimmy Butler, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns, New Orleans’ Jrue Holiday and the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, among others — had regularly worn ninja-style headgear.
The league, however, had never approved the addition and in May, the NBA quietly told teams the head bands had to go.
“The ninja-style headwear is not part of the NBA uniform and hasn’t been through the league approval process,” NBA chief communications officer Michael Bass told 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.
“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.”
And so, Jarrett Allen’s 60’s look will take a hit. No word on how FIBA or USA Basketball feels. Allen wore the headband while playing for the USA Select Team in Las Vegas.
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