It isn’t easy being an NBA coach.
Obviously, the job itself is very stressful: most of the time you aren’t sure if you’re about to be fired or lauded.
Figuring out how to make an NBA team successful in the modern landscape of the sport is no small task.
For a long time, one annoying aspect of the job was the fact that coaches were required to wear full suits during every game.
That rule changed a few years ago.
The NBA today reaffirmed to the league's 30 coaches that team-branded leisure attire will be continue to be allowed for the 2022-23 season rather than coaches wearing suits, sources tell @TheSteinLine.
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It sounds like it’ll remain changed for the foreseeable future too.
The NBA announced that coaches in the league will be able to wear team-branded “leisure attire” for the 2022-23 season.
This change was made out of necessity during a very tricky time but it is now the norm in the league.
When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the entire NBA overnight, the league had to figure out a plan to move forward and finish the season.
They eventually decided to move to Orlando, Florida and play the rest of the playoffs in a “bubble”, with a few gigantic changes to the way things were done.
One of those changes was allowing coaches to wear more casual, comfortable attire.
Of course, things would eventually become normal in the NBA again but the coaches continued to follow this new dress code and they seemed to really enjoy it.
Now the NBA is signing off on it for a longer amount of time.
The days of coaches wearing suits and ties are gone and now they are going to remain in clothing that feels much better, while still looking professional.