NBA rule forces Knicks’ Iman Shumpert to remove Adidas logo shaved into hair
By Ben Golliver
Iman Shumpert’s hair has been shut down by the authorities, but it wasn’t the mile high flat top that ran afoul of the law.
The Knicks guard shaved Adidas’ signature “three stripes” logo into the left side of his hair earlier this week, flashing the look during a Friday night win over the Bucks. On Saturday, he posted a photo of his head on his Instagram account — is_21_nykallday — with the logo removed and a wide, flat triangle in its place.
“Banned,” the photo’s caption read. “[Sorry] NBA, didn’t realize there were branding issues [with the] logo.”
Sporting a corporate logo during games is indeed against NBA rules. Item 5 of Section H of the NBA rule book’s extended comments section, which governs “player/team conduct and dress”, reads: “The only article bearing a commercial ‘logo’ which can be worn by players is their shoes.”
The language appears alongside other uniform notes, which include: no t-shirts, players must tuck their uniform shirts into their shorts, players must assume a “dignified posture” during the National Anthem, and coaches and assistant coaches must wear a “sport coat or suit coat” during games.
Shumpert is an Adidas endorser and recently apparently in a nationally-televised ad for the shoe and apparel company with Blazers guard Damian Lillard.
Shumpert, 22, returned to the Knicks’ lineup in mid-January after missing the opening portions of the season as he rehabilitated from a major knee injury. The second-year guard out of Georgia Tech is averaging 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.9 minutes per game this season.