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Coaches Can Leave the Jackets at Home

While masks are compulsory, NBA coaches won’t need to complete their outfits with a jacket during the 2020-21 season.

Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The NBA has changed the gameday attire requirements for coaches this year, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN.

The league has mandated that all coaches wear face masks at games, team practice facilities and while travelling, in order to reduce the spead of the coronavirus among players and officials.

However, the coaching fraternity has been given more choice on their gameday ensemble. While business attire is required, sport jackets will not be compulsory for coaches as they prowl the sidelines.

Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is known for his somewhat flamboyant and retro outfits. At least once a year he pays tribute to Blazers coaching legend Dr Jack Ramsay, donning replicas of the famed outfits the late coach wore during his 1970s and 80s Portland tenure.

It will be interesting to see how Coach Stotts, Nate Tibbetts, Dale Osbourne, John McCullough, Jim Moran and Jannero Pargo approach this new freedom.