‘Ninja-style headwear’ no longer permitted in the NBA

Butler Philadelphia 76ers
Photo: Bleacher Report

The NBA will not allow players to wear the “Ninja-style headwear” in the 2019/20 season, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of the ESPN.

Per the report, the league notified teams in May that the headbands would not be a part of this season’s approved uniforms.

“The ninja-style headwear is not part of the NBA uniform and hasn’t been through the league approval process,” spokesman Mike 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,” he added.

Many NBA superstars, like Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns, regularly wore the headgear last season.