The culture that has permeated from the NBA into the mainstream over the years started with a single hairstyle, growing from that into a rash of clothes, music, language and overall style. That hairstyle, of course, is the afro.
First of all, let me be completely serious with you guys. If I could grow myself an afro, I totally would. Unfortunately I was cursed with this straight hair that just grows out and down, instead of out and up.
There's something about the majesty of an afro blowing in the wind behind a guy as he runs that is unrivaled by any other hairstyle. It's hypnotizing, it's enthralling, it's just—the epitome of cool.
From Shaft's minifro (Richard Roundtree as Shaft back in 1971, not Wesley Snipes, who made an equally cool bald Shaft) to Bob Ross's mesmerizing white-man poof of hair, the afro has a quality to it that automatically endears the 'fro wearer to the public in general.
It's one of the greatest types of hairstyles that grew from the ABA into the NBA and just continued on from there from era to era.
So I've decided to pay homage to the frizzy topped men of the past and have gathered together the best afros in NBA (and a little from the ABA) history.