Report: NBA coaches not required to wear suits next season

Head coaches Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors and Tom Thibodeau of the New York Knicks
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For years, NBA coaches had to wear suit jackets. A decade ago, their dress code got even more formal, requiring collared shirts (not mock turtlenecks).

But coaches were allowed to wear polo shirts in the bubble. Allowed to wear polo shirts and quarter-zips last season.

And coaches can again dress casually next season.

Marc Stein:

At this point, it’s tough to see coaches ever ditching the casual look. They clearly prefer it, none opting back into a suit last season or in the bubble. There’s no momentum within the NBA to re-mandate suits.

Maybe some future coach will dress differently, a la Mike Nolan with the San Francisco 49ers. I see no reason that wouldn’t be allowed.

But as a rule? It’s tougher to leave the new status quo each year it exists.