Posted November 06, 2013

After a change of heart, NBA will allow Derrick Rose to wear protective neck tape

Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose said the NBA originally told him he could no longer wear his protective neck tape. (David E. Klutho/SI)

In a move that reeks of common sense, the NBA has changed its mind and decided to allow Derrick Rose and other players to wear protective neck tape “on an experimental basis.”

League spokesman Tim Frank announced the reversal in a statement after Rose revealed earlier in the day that the NBA had asked him to stop wearing the medical tape during games.

Earlier Wednesday, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune reported that the NBA had asked Rose to stop wearing the tape, which he donned in his last two games to deal with a sore neck.

In addition to coming back from a knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2012-13 season, Rose is up against another ailment as he makes his comeback. The Bulls’ star first wore the tape in an 82-81 win over the Knicks on Oct. 31. Rose sank a baseline floater with 5.1 seconds left to seal the win and joked the next day that the protective tape was there to stay.

“As long as the league allows me to,” he said, according to ESPN.com. “If I have a breakthrough game, I might wear it the whole year.”

But Rose also said the tape served a very specific purpose, one that seemed to make the NBA’s original stance perplexing.

“Keeping my neck stable,” he told ESPN. “When you have a crick in your neck it’s kind of hard to turn side to side so it’s kind of keeping my neck in line and making sure my vertebraes are safe.”

Despite the injury, Rose hasn’t missed any time, although he’s been noticeably off during games. It’s not clear whether Rose’s issues stem from rust, his knee or his neck (or all three), but the results nonetheless have been disappointing. Through three games, Rose is averaging just 14.3 points and more turnovers (5.7 per game) than assists (4.3). He’s also shooting just 28.8 percent from the field and has yet to register a steal.

Rose and the Bulls visit the Pacers on Wednesday.

34 comments
HollisWood
HollisWood

What I want to know is this -- why does the NBA have a problem with D-Rose wearing the tape? What's the big deal? 

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

I put a piece of tape on the front of my car, now I am safe in a car crash...

UtahPete
UtahPete

Stern is waiting for Nike to come out with their official version of the tape before it can be permitted in games. 

DrewSzorc
DrewSzorc

Tell Stein to stop wearing his wife's underwear

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

They better let him wear that tape or he will sit out for another year.

ShawnKemp2012
ShawnKemp2012

Black guys are just like kids.  They do all this ridiculous stuff to look cool, and get pissed off when the adults tell them they're idiots.  Remember when Dwayne Wade wore a sticker on his face that said 'Wade'?  The tape thing?  I can tell you that will do NOTHING to protect your vertebrae.  Soft tissues...maybe, I don't know.  Not too familiar with the product.  But still.  It's fashion.  You know it, I know it, so does the NBA.  

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

This rule is so so dumb, would the NBA and Chicago Bulls Management rather have Rose sit out games or wear the black tape which only helps him. Other sports team allow the black tape it was used by athletics even in the Olympic's

Joe R2
Joe R2

Another dumb rule by dictator Stern.  So glad he's done after this year... Then again, his puppet Silver won't be much better.... How about getting new refs as well as a new commissioner?  Maybe the league will get some of its integrity back...

DirtyPantiesLover1
DirtyPantiesLover1

can we get rid of these baggy michael jordan shorts? it's no longer fashionable to wear your pants sagging as if to invite incarcerated men towards your behind. that was the 90s and even 2000s. 

6marK6
6marK6

I guess I have to question of what medical purpose the tape serves? It seems minimal to me.

OwG
OwG

Its kinesio tape. Its common in the sports world to deal with sore muscles and ligaments. The fact that the NBA offices dont seem to know that and think Rose is trying to make some kind of fashion statement just shows you how dumb they are up there......

kj4027
kj4027

I'm glad the NBA stepped in because it's getting stupid. They're wearing compression sleeves on their arms and legs, tape everywhere and knee and elbow protectors. Where does it stop? Too bad they don't put an end to the dreads, hair braids and extensions. These black guys are starting to look like a bunch of girls out there. Same with the NFL. Stupid to see these guys with hair braids and extensions down to their shoulders. Or 300 pound lineman wearing a ponytail.

_broadwayjoe
_broadwayjoe

Saw this coming the moment I noticed him wearing it. 

Baconpizza
Baconpizza

His vertebras are safe because of electric tape? It doesn't sound like he knows why he's wearing it.

wayreth21
wayreth21

Derrick Rose is a washed up has been.


GhettoSamurai
GhettoSamurai

That is some straight BS for the league to say that.

LomaxHunter
LomaxHunter

@ShawnKemp2012 Nothing invalidates the thrust of a comment like starting off with a bigoted generalization.

JerryPeoples
JerryPeoples

@RobertJacke so the black tape only helps him huh?  so without the tape he would be shooting what, 17%?

eddie767
eddie767

@DirtyPantiesLover1 When Jordan had the long shorts,the waist was where it was supposed to be. He didn't show his butt. Without his long shorts you would be wearing crotch-crushers during the summer,unless you still do.

kj4027
kj4027

@OwG They know what it is... the stuff really doesn't work.. it's all mental.

doghockey
doghockey

@kj4027 So you want rules set up so everyone looks how you want them to look?  

Ko773
Ko773

@wayreth21 -- I guess you'd know this because of your mom right?

OwG
OwG

@kj4027 @OwG 

No, it works if it is applied properly. Especially on the shoulders and mid-back.  

fishfood
fishfood

@ShawnKemp2012 @LomaxHunter It's actually not true in the obnoxious troll way you stated it. ALL kids do ridiculous things to look cool and get pissed at adults who tell them they're idiots. 

LomaxHunter
LomaxHunter

@Akarik @LomaxHunter @ShawnKemp2012 Exactly.  For example, this is very specific:

"ShawnKemp2012 behaves like a kid.  He is insecure about himself, so he lashes out at black sports figures he is jealous of. He also makes bold, uninformed comments about medical products he knows little to nothing about."

See, that's an informed, accurate comment.