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When Nate McMillan signed as head coach for the Blazers, he created a team policy to not allow headbands during games. Former Blazer, Rasheed Wallace, frequently took his headband off when he disagreed with a call and threw it on the ground. In the NBA, throwing your headband is an automatic technical foul, and McMillan feels that it's not worth the risk to wear one. This irritated many Blazers, who previously wore headbands and confessed distaste in post-game interviews when the media asked why headbands were no longer allowed. Yes, there are reasons to wear headbands, but as a former NBA player, McMillan refuted all arguments by claiming, “I never needed one.”

Gerald Wallace joined the team last week and had always worn a headband throughout his career. He showed no sign of his former all-star self in his Blazers debut last Sunday. Jokingly, Wallace blamed it on his headband but later admitted he wasn't serious. McMillan, wanting Wallace to return to his all-star self suddenly decided to lift his ban and allow Wallace to wear a headband. No teammates have joined Wallace; many Blazers used to wear headbands and may put one on soon.

~Jacob Rogers~

03.02.11

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