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Rose says league asked him to stop wearing tape on his neck

Nov 6, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

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Because Derrick Rose hasn’t had enough problems adjusting to this season…

He tweaked a neck muscle in the Bulls season opener against the Heat, so by Game 2 on Halloween against the Knicks he was wearing some Kinesio-Tape that came up on the back of his neck to give him support.

Now the league has asked him to stop wearing it starting Wednesday night against the Pacers, Rose told Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com.

“I think the NBA told me I got to stop,” the point guard said before the Bulls’ morning shootaround at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “So I probably won’t be able to wear it tonight.”

When asked why the league, known for strict protocol on non-uniform accessories, decreed that he couldn’t wear the black Kinesio-Tape strips, which resembled a chin strap, Rose answered with a smirk, “I don’t know. I don’t even want to get into that. I don’t know. I swear I don’t know.”

I think “why” is a pretty good question.

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The league has always had strict uniform policies — you can’t just wear a sleeve on your arm, you need a medical reason to do so. That’s fine. Leagues are into that.

But this tape is medical — it is supporting a strained neck. It may not be a perfect match with uniform code but it’s not decorative. It is there so a player can perform better (Rose’s struggles aside, those are not tape related).

It’s an odd call from the league that claims to be about player health.

Rose has struggled to start the season, shooting just 28.8 percent overall and 26.7 percent from three. He is still explosive and attacking the rim but is not finishing like he used to, shooting just 34.5 percent inside 8 feet of the rim. He’s also shooting 14.3 percent from the midrange. Nothing is falling as Rose looks like a guy still trying to adjust to going at game speed.

Going against the very stout Pacers defense with Roy Hibbert protecting the paint isn’t likely to help those numbers at all.

  1. kingwithringz - Nov 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Awwww man it was looking like a new style/trend for him too. They did the same thing to Dwade when he wore those orange shades; NBA said the defenders couldn’t see his eyes.

  2. obmig - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I don’t understand how some guys can wear complete body armour and he can’t wear tape.

    • pudgalvin - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Hell, Kirk Hinrich comes out each night dressed like robo cop. I think most people barely even notice the tape now.

      • southbeachtalent - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM

        hahaahahah so true

    • kingwithringz - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Under Armour (the company) is a endorser of the NBA. The company that makes the Kinesio-Tape is not an endorser of the league, nor does it have an NBA logo on it.

      • pudgalvin - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Neither do any of various brands of shoes’ that these guys wear. Plus, I’m pretty sure Adidas is the official gear sponser of the NBA.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      You can’t see the padding. I think with the black tape the league worries about it getting all over the place and used for style instead of therapy.

      • Anoesis - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        “The league has always had strict uniform policies — you can’t just wear a sleeve on your arm, you need a medical reason to do so. That’s fine. Leagues are into that.”

        I would think the “black tape the league worries about…getting all over the place and used for style” wouldn’t be permitted without a medical waiver. Pretty much the whole gist of the article.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 6, 2013 at 6:13 PM

        Yeah, that’s what I just said. Thanks for backing me up on that.

      • belleby123 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        Yes, the black tape would look far worse than the puke green tattoos adorning their bodies. Come on, man.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 7, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        It’s too risky to challenge tattoos – 1) too many players get them at a young age and 2) when state supreme courts are ruling them as free expression protected by the First Amendment… does the league want to get involved in that rigmarole?

        So this doesn’t fall under the same umbrella as tattoos. The tape consideration is more along the lines of leggings, high socks, arms sleeves and glasses, etc.

  3. belleby123 - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    The NBA can do what it wants, but having one of the premier players in the league shut down on something that is for the benefit of his physical well being without a proper explanation is just poorly done.

  4. chiadam - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    This makes total sense. I totally see why the league wants to make things as hard as possible on the former MVP and one of the faces of the game. And who cares if no one could ever possibly mistake medical tape for some sort of weird fashion statement meant only to go around the NBA’s dress code?

    – No one.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      lol @ calling it “medical tape”

      It is far from that and there is no evidence that it helps an athlete in any way at all.

      • belleby123 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Exactly, like LeBron’s headband.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 7, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        No, headbands keep sweat out of your eyes. That is proven.

      • belleby123 - Nov 8, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        They should be required then.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        They are for the uber elite – the destroyer of worlds. Wilt and LeBron. If you don’t wear a headband you don’t know anything about being the most dominant basketball player in history.

      • belleby123 - Nov 9, 2013 at 7:39 AM

        Jordan was the most dominant player, and always will be.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

        Nah. Not without Scottie Pippen – couldn’t even get out of the first round or even put up 1 winning season.

      • belleby123 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        Yeah, I see your point. Kind of like LeBron for how many years on the Cavs? Guess again, please.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        Uh, no, nothing like LeBron with the Cavs because LeBron took his team to the Finals with no Scottie Pippen. LeBron put up 60+ wins seasons with no Scottie Pippen.

        Jordan had 5 seasons in the NBA without Pippen and all of them were losing seasons. Jordan has 0 playoff series wins without Scottie Pippen.

        Solo-LeBron won 59% of the time in the playoffs. (42 wins, 29 losses)
        Solo-Jordan won 38% of the time in the playoffs. (14 wins, 23 losses)

        solo = without another prime hall of famer or all-star on their team

      • belleby123 - Nov 12, 2013 at 8:25 AM

        I guess I’m unclear when you’re going to cite “getting to the Finals” and getting a ring. Kind of like when you said LeBron should be in a special category because he averaged 8 assists per game. Here’s what you need to do: announce what ad hoc category you’re making up first so we can shoe horn LeBron’s accomplishments into it, and then you can tell everyone how he’s the best because he fits into the category you invented. And please, don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. Every idiot on the ‘net tries to play that card.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

        “I guess I’m unclear when you’re going to cite “getting to the Finals” and getting a ring.”

        No one was talking about getting a ring. We were talking about how far each player has taken their teams, essentially by themselves. And as Bill Russell used to say about people who called Wilt Chamberlain a loser, “if you’re playing in the very last game of the season – you had a great season.”

        Jordan, though, just lost in the first round without Pippen. He didn’t get anywhere close to the 2nd round, much less the finals. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.

        “Kind of like when you said LeBron should be in a special category because he averaged 8 assists per game.”

        That DOES put him in a special category because LeBron James is the only forward to ever average at least 8 assists a game in a season.

        http://bkref.com/tiny/1Nfj7

        “And please, don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about.”

        I won’t pretend because I genuinely don’t know what you’re talking about. LeBron’s greatness is easily identifiable via straightforward, common sense basketball analysis which is what I’m all about.

  5. allday420ap - Nov 6, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Im with the NBA on this one, he looks like a jabroni in that tape.

  6. valeb2012 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I’m with the league on this one. I mean, you can’t let the patients run the asylum. What would happen if people started wearing body paint, or distracting hairdos, or colored mouth guards, or blindingly bright shoes.

  7. openseason51 - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    This is stupid. If that is the case then the “bird man” should cover his tattoos? That guy is totally out of uniform? No. LAME.

  8. dolphindubs - Nov 6, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Rose needs to shut it down for the year, get that neck strain taken care of. No need to risk the whole rest of your career trying to play through or come back from this injury. Play it smart Rose, just like you did last year and you’ll come back better than ever next year. Right?

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM

      Maybe he needs one of his teammates to toughen him up by calling him racist names and threatening to kill his parents.

      • belleby123 - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Rose has played four games for the Bulls. Thibs has to be told that he’s jacking his minutes again.

  9. sdemp - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Whether it’s a new style or not, whether it helps or not really doesn’t matter. The fact that the NBA is taking exception to this is where the real problem lies.

    All three commissioners in the three major sports suck and are slowly destroying the games we all love.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      No love for hockey, eh?

      • Anoesis - Nov 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        No kidding, Bettman’s the poster boy for ham-handed leaders.

      • dmwhite2 - Nov 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        he said major sports, not niche sports

  10. pfic15 - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    When it gets the logo, it gets approval

  11. pantsfreezone - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Too bad Rose can’t tape up his shot.

  12. dolphindubs - Nov 6, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    @asimonetti88

    Cause that’s how real men are made!

    ‘Murica!

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Yep, just ask Richie Incognito and Joe Philbin.

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