According to Nick DePaula from ESPN, the NBA has decided to reverse its fashion policy for the players’ pregame outfits. According to the protocol, players had to leave their rooms wearing their uniforms and warmups when they go to the game venue.
Now, players will be able to wear their own wardrobe while they travel and walk from the team bus to the locker rooms. A spokesperson from the league told DePaula the reasons to change the policy. Following comes from the article on ESPN:
“Considering the unique environment on the NBA Disney campus and warmer weather conditions, a different policy was put in place for players’ arrival and entry into the arenas,”
Even though players can arrive with the clothes they choose, the locker rooms don’t have showers so there’s an expectation the players will change from their game uniforms into some “team-identified apparel” and carry their outfits in their bags.
With this new change, we can expect to see players express themselves with their fashion choices as we’ve seen during the regular season from players like Russell Westbrook (who recently tested positive for covid-19), Kyle Kuzma, Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, and James Harden.