Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 12:05 pm  |  26 responses

NBA Coaches Get Their Own Dress Code

Time to say goodbye to Stan Van Gundy’s glorious turtlenecks, fans. Starting this season, coaches have to wear collared shirts. The AP reports: “New NBA rules require coaches to wear collared shirts during games. In an appreciative gesture, Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide—after extending Van Gundy’s contract through 2013—even had tailors fit the coach and some front-office members with suits. So, yes, a fully suited Van Gundy is coming to NBA sidelines. Maybe even sometimes with a tie. ‘I want them to at least name the rule after me,’ Van Gundy said. ‘Somebody has their Bird rights. Larry Bird got that rule named after him. I want it to be the Van Gundy Rule.’ Consider it the next step in Van Gundy’s coaching makeover.”

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    this is the real reason Nellie retired

  • MikeC.

    This is all Lebron’s fault?

  • MikeC.

    I kinda feel sorry for SVG now. That dude sweats more than Patrick Ewing in the 4th quarter, and now he can’t even wear shirts that absorb some of that sweat? This is gonna get greasy. Really greasy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ


  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Thank goodness. Those turtlenecks were terrible. (Queue Charles Barkley) Terr-ble, just terr-ble.

  • MikeC.

    When players run past SVG, slip in his greasy sweat-puddle and suffer a career ending injury, will SVG get called for a technical under the new rules?

  • vtrobot

    This rule is racist. SVG can’t wear mock turtlenecks from the Gap? It’s part of his culture. They should make the coaches wear team unis like they do in baseball.

  • vtrobot

    The SVG rule can be the one when the NBA outlaws porn ‘staches.

  • JER Dawg

    Adidas should make a Revolution 30 suit for SVG; wicks away sweat easily. And the front office can pay for suits fr coaches? How about the players? Smh

  • Coconut

    What rule was named after Larry Bird?

  • http://www.slamonline.com peter

    coaches wearing uniforms would be awesome…same with football…its one of the best things about baseball already

  • Nick the Quick

    Lol @ Vtrobot…SVG and Ron Jeremy..separated at birth.

  • JTaylor21

    You can’t ban the Ron Jeremy mustache.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    I’m actually loving the team uni idea. I wanna see SVG in Magic pinstripes, rocking the arm sleeve, and headband.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Mikec is right, very greasy. But im sure dwight hooks him up with adidas ‘underarmor’, if not, he should, stans gonna need it. Cant wait for jvg to call his first magic game of the season, he will be all over this.

  • Josh M
  • k

    Coconut, if you’re serious, it’s a team’s right to re-sign a player whose contract just expired — for 6 years instead of 5, and for up to the max regardless of their cap status — provided he hasn’t changed teams as a free agent in the past three seasons. I see no reason the league couldn’t issue press releases announcing the assessment of a fine against George Karl for a Van Gundy violation. That’d be awesome. Better still, maybe they could grandfather these guys who can produce photographic evidence that they wore turtlenecks on the sidelines before the rule was implemented, and allow those guys to include the transference of that privilege as part of trades with younger or better-dressed coaches. After all, when a player is traded, his Bird rights are typically traded with him. No reason they shouldn’t also be allowed to sweeten an offer by offering up their coach’s “Van Gundy rights,” right?

  • Ali Saadat

    If I were SVG I’d show up with a collared shirt and shorts and some NIKEs. Fight the Man (David Stern)

  • hammer

    No more g karl n a retro nuggets jersey. Dam!

  • T-Money

    It was about time, SVG wasn’t even rocking turtlenecks anymore… he’d show up with a freaking t-shirt.

  • the Danker Nuggets

    wow i was expecting an ADIDAS requirement like the NFL’s with Reebock…phew

  • Jacob (from Australia)

    Wait, if you don’t have a neck, doesn’t that make a turtleneck just a t-shirt?

  • MikeC.

    @ The Black Rick Kamla – the real reason Nellie retired is that he’s no longer allowed to do his post-game pressers half-drunk while bringing a brew to the podium. That was just the final straw for him.

  • dma

    lol i hope he rocks some nice jeans with the collared shirts.

  • Coconut

    @ k, I was serious :) i really wanted to know. So Thanks!!

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