As part of the NBA’s “Hoops for Troops” week, which started yesterday and goes through Veterans Day next week, players will be wearing shirt, headbands, wristbands, and most importantly, socks, with a patriotic American flag motif.
The Hoop for Troops program, in place since 2006, supports active and retired military personnel. The weeklong commemorations is, according to the NBA, “a collaboration with the Department of Defense, USO, and other military and veteran-serving organizations to honor active and retired service men and women and their families.”
Teams started wearing the socks (and showing them off on social media) earlier this week.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 4, 2015
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) November 3, 2015
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 4, 2015
— Stance Hoops (@stancehoops) November 4, 2015
The socks are available from the apparel company Stance.
Given that some fans thought it was disrespectful for the Phoenix Suns to honor Steve Nash with commemorative socks earlier this season, it’s a safe bet that the response to honoring military veterans with footwear will not be universally well received.