AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week NBA commissioner David Stern briefly stepped into the role of Mr. Mom in an attempt to introduce a cleaner, more presentable image to the league’s fans and sponsors. Players no longer can arrive at or leave games wearing headphones, sunglasses while indoors, T-shirts, shorts, sleeveless shirts or chains, medallions or pendants. They’re also forbidden to wear replica or throwback jerseys and baseball caps to postgame news conferences. And if a player doesn’t suit up for a game, he must wear a sports coat on the bench. Stern wanted to come up with a dress code that wouldn’t restrict his players. So he picked one that wouldn’t bother his owners, either. “What we came up with is a dress code that even Mark Cuban could comply with – if he wanted to,” Stern said Tuesday. But players, predictably, had a different take on the matter. “Most people dress according to their culture and their ethnic background,” said Pistons forward Dale Davis, a 14-year veteran. “You almost embrace the culture, and now it’s taken away. That’s tough.” Stern spoke after addressing the Executive Forum on Sports and Social Responsibility, where he announced the league’s “NBA Cares” initiative, which he guaranteed will raise and donate $100 million to charity over the next five years. But instead of getting questions about how the players were going to clean up the communities, he got more about how he planned to clean up the players. And although Stern knows some players will be critical of the policy, he said there was no reason to be as even jeans are still allowed. “As it’s properly understood, it will be embraced,” he said. “The union’s fine with it. It’s quite liberal and easygoing.” Cleveland star LeBron James was among those who saw the reasoning behind the new rules. “Sometimes you feel lazy on a flight and you don’t want to put (dress) clothes on,” James said. “But this is a job and we want to have fun, but it’s a job and we should look like we’re going to work.” Stern pointed out that when the topic was brought up during collective bargaining, the teams “preferred that we do it as a group.” Even so, many NBA players are more comfortable dressing like the fans they cater to. And Cuban, the maverick owner of the Dallas Mavericks, often dresses in T-shirts and jerseys. “We don’t really sell to big business,” Phoenix guard Raja Bell said. “We sell to kids and people who are into the NBA hip-hop world. They may be marketing to the wrong people with this.” But, as Stern pointed out, the reputation of the league’s players had fallen to a point that was “not as good as our players are.” That’s why he believes – and insists – the players will readily go along with his policy. “We have a minimum standard that we’ve set that reflects on the professionals in our sport and you’re going to do it,” he said. “We’re certain that it will be complied with.” Associated Press writer Tom Withers in Cleveland and Detroit Free Press writer Chris Silva contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Leave the bling at home. Take off those headphones. And, for the last time, take off that cap. That was the message the NBA sent to its players Monday when it officially adopted a minimum dress code that will go into effect Nov. 1, the start of the regular season.