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NBA dress code

NBA dress code


  1. General Policy: Business Casual

    Players are required to wear Business Casual attire whenever they are
    engaged in team or league business.

    "Business Casual" attire means

    • A long or short-sleeved dress shirt (collared or turtleneck), and/or a
    • Dress slacks, khaki pants, or dress jeans.
    • Appropriate shoes and socks, including dress shoes, dress boots, or other presentable shoes, but not including sneakers, sandals, flip-flops, or work boots.

  2. Exceptions to Business Casual

    There are the following exceptions to the general policy of Business Casual

    a. Players In Attendance At Games But Not In Uniform

    Players who are in attendance at games but not in uniform are required to
    wear the following additional items when seated on the bench or in the
    stands during the game:

    – Sport Coat
    – Dress shoes or boots, and socks

    b. Players Leaving the Arena

    Players leaving the arena may wear either Business Casual attire or neat
    warm-up suits issued by their teams.

    c. Special Events or Appearances

    Teams can make exceptions to the Business Casual policy for special events
    or player appearances where other attire is appropriate — e.g.,
    participation in a basketball clinic.

  3. Excluded Items

    The following is a list of items that players are not allowed to wear at any
    time while on team or league business:
    • Sleeveless shirts 
    • Shorts
    • T-shirts, jerseys, or sports apparel (unless appropriate for the event
      (e.g., a basketball clinic), team-identified, and approved by the team)
    • Headgear of any kind while a player is sitting on the bench or in the
      stands at a game, during media interviews, or during a team or league event
      or appearance (unless appropriate for the event or appearance,
      team-identified, and approved by the team)
    • Chains, pendants, or medallions worn over the player’s clothes
    • Sunglasses while indoors
    • Headphones (other than on the team bus or plane, or in the team locker

  4. Reaction to the new NBA dress code – What the Players Are Saying:

    “I think there needs to be some style improvement but at the same time it
    has to be with in reasons. Not everyone lives in Minneapolis going out in 20
    below. Not everyone wants to be in a suit and jacket.” – Kevin Garnett,
    Timberwolves forward (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 10/19/05)

    “I think it’s wrong. You shouldn’t judge a person from what they wear.” –
    Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers guard (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,

    "No it’s not a big deal, not to me. Sometimes you feel lazy and you don’t
    feel like putting some clothes on, but this is a job. We are going to have
    fun, but this is a job and we should look like we’re going to work, that’s
    the way they feel." -LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (Cleveland Plain
    Dealer, 10/19)

    "I just think people should be able to express themselves. I know they took
    out the doo-rag stuff; I understand that. As far as guys wearing what they
    want to wear, I am all for that. Who really cares about what they wear from
    the bus to the locker room? I really didn’t think it was a big deal, guys
    coming in on a flight late at night. We want to be comfortable on a flight
    just like everybody else in the world when they fly." -Vince Carter, New
    Jersey Nets (Bergen Record 10/19/05)

    ”You knew it was coming in. I’ve got a couple of suits in the closet I’ve
    got to dust off. Hey, they make the rules; you’ve got to abide by them.”
    -Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics forward (Boston Herald, 10/19/05)

    "I like to dress up. When I first came into the league, it’s like guys were
    competing in fashion. I think it’s good. Some guys are going to complain,
    but I understand it." -Grant Hill, Magic forward (New York Times, 10/19/05)

    "There’s some battles in life that you just can’t try to fight. Guys make
    enough money to put on some dress clothes. My plan this year was to dress up
    anyway. I have 40 to 50 suits already. I should be one of the best-dressed
    guys this year." – Jermaine O’Neal, Indiana Pacers center (Indy Star,

    "Business casual should be doable. It’s not that bad. But I have to change
    my wardrobe here pretty quick." -Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks forward
    (Dallas Morning News, 10/19/05)

    "I’ll buy a couple [of suits]. Obviously you can’t buy one. You want to
    rotate a little bit. I’ll find some stuff, and then I’ll be looking slick."
    -Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10/19/05)

    "What they do, just like anything, they go to the extreme so they can get
    what they really want. It’s like any negotiation. You ask for something
    completely outlandish, knowing that we’ll meet you halfway when halfway is
    what you really wanted." -Richard Jefferson, New Jersey Nets (Bergen Record,

    “If they’re trying to change the image of league, that’s cool.” – Shawn
    Marion, Phoenix Suns (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 10/19/05)

    "I don’t think it’s quite comfortable, but it’s probably reasonable because
    NBA is a big organization around the world. We’re like businessmen, and
    businessmen wear coats and suits."-Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz

    "As a professional, you’ve got to roll with it. It’s your job, like any
    other job. Guys are happy when they’re comfortable, when they have some
    options. It’s kind of tough when you’ve got a veteran who has been playing
    for 15 years, and you’re going to try to tell him to dress a certain way.
    That’s tough to get across, but what the league is trying to do is clean up
    its image. I don’t have that many suits; I may have to recycle. I can’t go
    to Men’s Wearhouse because my arms are too long. I can make it work, though.
    If you’ve got 10 suits, you’ve really got 30. You just have to mix and match
    ’em right." -Desmond Mason, Bucks forward (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,

    "I’m not really a suit guy, so I’m going to have some fun with it. I’ll
    wear, like, purple shoes, yellow slacks, a burgundy shirt, cut-up tie and a
    lavender sport coat. I’m going to mix it up."-Ron Artest, Indiana Pacers
    (Indy Star, 10/19/05)

    “I don’t see it happening unless every NBA player is given a stipend to buy
    clothes.” -Marcus Camby, Denver Nuggets (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel,

    “For the most part, guys are already dressing pretty decent. I don’t think
    guys are coming in tacky; the attire was neat. This was a rule they came up
    with, and we’ve got to follow the rules or they’re going to take our money."
    -T.J. Ford, Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/19/05)

    "You know when you put the rules in, Allen Iverson is not going to abide by
    it. But he’s one player, and that’s the way they look at it. I have dress
    clothes at home, so I get to break them out. That’s cool. I can see what
    they’re trying to do.” -Mo Williams, Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee
    Journal-Sentinel, 10/19/05)

    “We’ve got a lot of guys who are pretty business-oriented and like to dress
    up. It’s not going to be a problem here in Milwaukee, but I think a lot of
    guys in the league will have a problem because they’re not used to dressing
    that way. I’m sure some guys are going to take the fines." -Charlie Bell,
    Milwaukee Bucks (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 10/19/05)

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