February 24, 2011
With apologies to fans of "Jersey Shore," for one night, at least, Pauly D did not have the best blowout in the country. On Wednesday night, that honor belonged to the inimitable Michael Beasley(notes) of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Just feast your eyes on that luxurious monster of a fro he sported atop his scalp when his Super Cool Wolves took on the Memphis Grizzlies. It's the perfect hairstyle for the trade deadline — chaotic and sprawling, yet irresistible in its pull. Straddling the line between utter genius and abject madness. Sometimes Einstein, sometimes Carrot Top. Winston Churchill introducing a matinee screening of "Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore." All of these things, in grand follicular form.
Beasley has, of course, both sported the fro and made shocking hair decisions in the past, so this isn't necessarily uncharted territory for the Minnesota forward. But it's still a pretty sizable leonine statement. (Or perhaps, as Bomani Jones of The Morning Jones suggested, it's more of a call for a hug. Reasonable folks may differ.)
Unfortunately for Minnesotans, Beasley's extend-o-locks didn't afford him any sort of Samson-style expanded power — he finished with 14 points on 5-for-17 shooting, seven rebounds and a -16 in the Wolves' 104-95 home loss to the 32-27 Grizz (you can re-read that record if you like, but I assure you, it's accurate). Sad for Wolves fans, but still, a quality smile for those of us who've never really gotten over Ben Wallace's(notes) decision to give up the ghost and forgo the fro.