Bulls Stick to No-Headband Policy

Ben Wallace's decision to don headwear Saturday landed him on the bench.
Ben Wallace's decision to don headwear Saturday landed him on the bench. (By Frank Franklin Ii -- Associated Press)
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

No headbands, no problems.

That was the message the Bulls sent yesterday, two days after Chicago C Ben Wallace flouted a team rule against wearing a headband during a game.

Wallace was benched Saturday during a 106-95 victory over the Knicks for wearing the red headwear, which runs afoul of a rule set by Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson. A team meeting was held and the issue will be resolved quickly, Bulls Coach Scott Skiles said yesterday.

"I look at it like these things are, most times, inevitable," Skiles said. "This happens in pro sports. These things come up."

Paxson said he didn't like the cavalier way Bulls wore headbands when he took over for Jerry Krause in April 2003.

"It's not meant in any way to stifle anybody's individuality or creativity," Paxson said. "It was just simply part of a structure we were trying to create."

Wallace did not practice yesterday after an MRI exam on his right wrist -- which was banged up in the Knicks game -- showed no significant damage. He declined to comment through a team spokesman.

· COSTLY WORDS: The league fined Hornets G Bobby Jackson$20,000 for verbally abusing officials and failing to leave the court in a timely fashion after being ejected on Saturday night.

· SIDELINED: Cliff Robinson had surgery on his left knee, and there is no timetable for the return of the soon-to-be 40-year-old Nets forward.

· GOODBYE: The Bobcats waived G Alan Anderson.

Anderson appeared in six of 13 games this season and averaged 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds.

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