NBA fashion takes many forms, from rampant accessorizing on the court to wearing garish get-ups at post-game press conferences. The most constant sort, though, comes via hairstyle. On the court or off, a noticeable hairdo can help to establish a player's presence. Think Artis Gilmore's afro or Allen Iverson's cornrows.
In the contemporary NBA, New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has won attention for his trademark flattop. However, as we see in this Instagram photo from Knicks web manager Jonah Ballow, Shumpert has made a drastic change and rid himself of the flattop entirely. It's a sad day for any fan of NBA hair, but these things have to happen eventually.
As noted by Rob Mahoney at The Point Forward, Shumpert had experimented with dyeing the flattop this summer. It's possible that was a sign that he had tired of the look and wanted to experiment, or maybe this was a rash decision. The good news, of course, is that the hair will grow back. Perhaps we'll see the flattop back in action soon enough.
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