NBA player banned from using Whoop wearable during games

Cleveland Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova has been a naughty boy
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While the MLB has approved using wearables during games, over in the NBA, one player has been breaking the rules by taking a banned wearable on court.

Matthew Dellavedova, point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, has been wearing the Whoop wearable on his wrist for the past 15 games. After the NBA was informed about the presence of the wearable on Dellavedova's wrist, he avoided a hefty fine but was banned from strapping it on again.

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Much like the MLB did before this week's big announcement, the NBA has a pretty strict policy on players wearing tech and those rules have been in place for a long time.

The wearable in question doesn't serve up the same data as a Fitbit or Jawbone. The Whoop is built for elite athletes and when worn can deliver actionable data in real time related to heart rate and stress. It aims to help prevent injuries and even looks at how travel schedules can affect a player's freshness for the next game.

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Wearables are starting to become common place in a host of sports including the NBA to aid players during training. The Golden State Warriors have been using Catapult Sports devices to monitor performance in training to aid recovery between games. Earlier this year, the Miami Heat partnered up with Vert, makers of a wearable that can monitor elements like jump count and jump load.

We're sure this won't be the last we hear about the debate of whether wearables should be allowed in the NBA or in other sports during a game. The reluctance to embrace it could have something to do with how rough it can get out on the court. Nobody wants to get a Whoop in the eye when they're trying to stop you from dunking on them.

Source: ESPN

NBA player banned from using Whoop wearable during games

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Michael Sawh


Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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