Utah Jazz Aren't Allowed to Wear Headbands

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2014

Jan 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) and coach Tyrone Corbin during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Jazz 110-99. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In case you've been watching the Utah Jazz this season, wondering, "Why don't any of these guys wear headbands?" Well, now you know.

It's not about each player making an individual choice to avoid the accessory, but rather a team policy from head coach Tyrone Corbin. From the Salt Lake Tribune's Aaron Falk:

A fan responded to Falk's tweet, asking, "what is the reasoning behind this rule? Seems so arbitrary." 

Jody Genessy of the Deseret News shared Corbin's explanation:

The thinking that headbands or other individual accessories detract from team unity is not new in basketball circles. I had coaches in both high school and college who enforced the very same policy.

Corbin added his thoughts on that angle as well:

Whether there's any truth to the theory or any evidence to suggest teams without headbands are more unified is another story. (We haven't seen a headband not help a guy get a point or rebound either.)

If it is effective, I'd hate to see where the Jazz would be without the policy. Utah's currently dead last in the Western Conference with a record of 16-32—though some may suggest the poor play has more to do with youth and inexperience.

 

Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.

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