We’re not even a month into the NBA season, and Paul Pierce is already going for a record: most headband designs worn by a single player. He wore solid white last night against the Knicks, which as Mike Hennessy notes was his fourth different headband this month, the others having been solid green, green-and-white striped (note the contraband rubber bands), and Auerbach-memorialized.
When I think of NBA headbands, the first guy who comes to mind is Wilt Chamberlain, who wore a yellow headband during the latter stages of his career. Oddly, it wasn’t a solid terrycloth band like the ones worn today. It was wide across his brow and then much thinner behind his head — weird.
As for Pierce, he may end up holding the NBA record, but he’s got a long way to go before he can catch the sports world’s all-time headband leaders. The top prize probably goes to John McEnroe, whose forehead stylings over the years have included this, this, this, this, this, this, and this — and that’s just a small sampling. McEnroe’s onetime nemesis Bjorn Borg favored stripes — usually on a white ground, sometimes on blue, and very occasionally something a bit more abstract. When the two of them walked onto the court together, it was a regular headbanders ball.
Of course, today’s headbands just look like this. Pfeh.
Uni Watch News Ticker: I’d meant to mention this a few days ago: As some of you know, there was a bizarre scene at North Texas last Saturday, as head coach Darrell Dickey dressed the team in solid black unis (instead of their usual green) with no player names or conference patches, possibly due to a feud with his own athletic director. Full details here. … Doug Keklak was watching Jeannette High School in the WPIAL championships from Heinz Field on Friday and noticed that this guy has “CAPT” on the back of his helmet — never seen that before. Keklak also says the Jeannette players had their names printed in script above their helmets’ nose bumpers, although I can’t really make it out in the photo he took. … Judging by the stripe pattern, I’d say this is an animal that totally Gets ItÃ¢”ž ¢ — and a new one was just born! … Good catch by Nolan Brett, who spotted an Oregon player wearing some sort of Under Armour head thingie under his helmet yesterday. That couldn’t have pleased Phil Knight, who for some reason was allowed to be in the coaches’ box. … Here’s something you don’t see very often: the Lakers wearing yellow on the road (because the Jazz decided to wear their baby blue alts at home). … Cavs and Pacers both wore throwbacks last night. Naturally, Lebron had color-coordinated Livestrong bracelets for the occasion. … Gilbert Arenas was asked about the Wizards’ black and gold alt unis and responded thusly: “I like them better than the blue [road uniforms]. But I really want to bring black the red, white and blue. I don’t want the [old] Bullets name; I just want to go back to [the Bullets’] red, white and blue. I talked to [management] about it and they said it takes two years [to make that kind of uniform change]. Hopefully we will.”