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NBA bans “Ninja-Style” headband

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It was fun while it lasted.

The NBA has officially banned players to sport a “ninja-style” headband this upcoming season.

Notable NBA figures – including Wolves’ Karl Anthony-Towns, Heat’s Jimmy Butler, Nets’ Jarrett Allen, Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell, Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday, and Sixers’ Mike Scott – were one of the players who wore the headgear last season.

ESPN insider Adrian “Woj” Wojnarowski confirmed this news through Twitter regarding the accessory ban, stating that there were concerns regarding size and safety of the headwear.

Scott, who was one of the players who made the “ninja headband” a phenomenon, knew that the league will implement this ban, even suggesting that NBA deemed it as “unprofessional”.

Pistons star Blake Griffin also took on Twitter to react to the pettiness of this rule, while the Wolves’ official Twitter account waved goodbye to KAT’S iconic headband look.


The “ninja-style” headband instantly became a cultural phenomenon around the world despite having a brief stint in the NBA.