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Iman Shumpert Needs to Cut His Hair

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I may be outnumbered here, being one of the only New York Knicks fans who feels this way, but hopefully I am not alone.

Allow me to start by saying that I love Iman Shumpert’s basketball ability, personality, and what he brings to the Knicks on and off the court. He is the youngest player on the roster, has released a hip-hop mixtape, and is fan favorite on one of the most popular sports teams in the world.

But as much as I love Shumpert, there is something that I can’t stand about him: his hair.

Shumpert has a flat-top that, quite frankly, looks ridiculous. I liked it much better when it was shorter. Really, I thought that it was a good look for a player who uses the hash-tag “post90’s” on Twitter, and whose hard-nosed game resembles players from that era

However, the high-top fade has gotten out of hand. It extends a good seven or eight inches above Shumpert’s head, and almost gives him a comical appearance on the court.

“I’m not cutting my hair,” Shumpert said during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM’s The Michael Kay Show. “I’ve had people say it looks stupid. I don’t really care what they think – they don’t have to wear it.”

I do respect his dedication. Shumpert began growing the ‘do during his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in the playoffs last year, and now that he’s back to full health, I thought that now would be the best time to cut it.

I guess not.

Despite his even teammate Carmelo Anthony’s insistence that he shave it off, Shumpert vows to keep growing it.

Again, I love Shumpert’s defense, heart, athleticism, and everything else that he brings to the Knicks, and I am thrilled that he has returned from his injury. I just can’t stand his hair- that needs to go.

Follow Thomas Duffy on Twitter @TD_Knicks for articles, news, and all things NBA.

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