NBA runs boot camp on how to dress and eat

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There's summer league and there's training camps. There's even a rookie symposium.

But, you probably didn't know that NBA draft picks also get trained on their style before they start in the league.

New York Times magazine profiled the program, what they call “The NBA's Other Training Camp” on Sunday as the league tries to keep its image intact.

What do they teach?

Along with a lot of do's and don'ts, the program teaches things like wearing clothing to show professionalism.

And, as the story notes, weird things like not using the same soap on your underarm as you use on your face.

“These are some of the things that are inappropriate, guys,” celebrity stylist Rachel Johnson told the group. “No headphones outside of the locker room, bus or plane. No sleeveless shirts. No chains!”

Is it so bad?

Well, some people believe that the NBA's dress code is racist.

It has inspired both complaints and cartoons about some of its ridiculousness.

They probably have a good point that some players/groups were targeted.

Many believe that Allen Iverson, who is now retired, was part of the inspiration for the rules.

Those rules have led to some players now, like Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, going overboard on how they dress after a game.

Who is impacted?

While you might not notice them, there are people policing the dress code and fining players for breaking it much like the NFL does for its players and uniform violations.

Last February, in fact, an injured Joakim Noah was reportedly asked by the NBA to leave his spot on the bench and change the sweater he was wearing.

"I don't even know really," Noah said about the incident. "They told me I wasn't dressed appropriately so I changed."

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