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Nike Discontinuing NBA Ninja Headbands is an Incredibly Lame Move

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 09: Jimmy Butler #23, JJ Redick #17, and Mike Scott #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers react from the bench against the Toronto Raptors in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 9, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Raptors 112-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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One of the most beloved Nike products will soon be no more, at least in the NBA.

The ever-popular ninja headbands, worn by the likes of Philadelphia 76ers power forward Mike Scott and Kings point guard De'Aaron Fox are set to be discontinued by the NBA in a truly lame move.

Seriously, it's incredibly frustrating that they decided to deny the players the right to wear these headbands in games. NBA stars everywhere from Jimmy Butler to Kyrie Irving wear them with gusto. Why should they be denied the right to don them?

And hiding behind the guise of professionalism is extremely questionable. The NBA is a league that thrives on character and individuality. These players deserve enough respect to at least be able to wear a headband. The fans loved to see them just as much as the players loved to wear them. It's absurd for everyone involved.

It's disappointing to see them discontinued like this, but perhaps if Scott can garner enough support, they could still be saved. As he said himself, a petition could at least bring the dissatisfaction with the move among the league's players to Nike's attention.

It'll most likely take a movement to bring them back though, and as of right now, it seems as though the folks over at Nike are content to cut out one of their most popular non-shoe products for the players.