Rose says the NBA told him to stop wearing Kinesio tape for neck

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Rose won't be allowed to wear this tape to ease his neck muscles. (USATSI)
Derrick Rose won't be allowed to wear this tape to ease his neck muscles. (USATSI)

If you're going to wear accessories on an NBA court, they have to be approved by the league. Shooting sleeves, types of socks being worn, and even any padding a player wears on the court have to be approved by the NBA. They're pretty strict about what is and isn't allowed on the players on the court, most likely due to apparel contracts and whatever reasons they might have for trying to make sure the game looks a certain way out there. If they don't like what you've got on, they'll ask you not to wear it anymore.

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been wearing Kinesio tape strips on his neck muscles the past two games to do with some soreness and tightness in his neck. It's something the league apparently isn't too fond of and is asking him not to wear it anymore, according to Rose. He told CSN Chicago that he doesn't know why this has come down from the league but he probably won't wear it Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.

The end of an era, albeit short-lived, is over: Derrick Rose won't be wearing the medical tape he's sported in the back of his neck for the Bulls' past two regular-season games in Wednesday night's contest against the Pacers.

"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."

When players were wearing tights to keep their legs warm a few seasons ago, they ended up having to get permission from the league in order to wear them. The players had to prove there was a medical reason to treat an injury so that they could be cleared for use.Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was one of the guys who wore them often before the league got strict about it. The thought behind it is to avoid fashion statements by players and instead provide uniformity unless an injury should state otherwise.

The Kinesio tape seems to be a bit extreme when it comes to this, but if the way to clear it is to say there are medical reasons for it (which there clearly are), then it shouldn't be too hard for Rose to get this approved. Then again, ideally he wouldn't need the tape much longer if his neck stops hurting.

 
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