Iman Shumpert Is Officially Keeping the Hair

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Iman Shumpert Is Officially Keeping the Hair
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The wait is over for New York Knick fans.

Iman Shumpert has finally voiced his intentions.

The hi-top fade isn't going anywhere.

It may be a look more befitting of Shumpert's hip-hop alter ego 2wo 1ne than of a 2012-13 member of the New York Knicks, but that won't stop him from rocking the cut on the NBA hardwood. 

Per ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley:

"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."  

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He's not the first contemporary pro to offer a cranial salute to the historical hairstyle choices of his predecessors.

Point guards Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) and Norris Cole (Miami Heat) have both opted for similar cuts.

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Philadelphia 76ers big man Spencer Hawes tried his own contemporary approach of the mullet, a disastrous 'do that's somehow fought off certain death for the better part of the past two decades.

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Shumpert's cut borders on a ridiculous length. But it's not as if NBA fans will be forced to sit behind the 6'5" guard at a movie or anything.

The sophomore defensive savant made perhaps more relevant news when reports leaked that he's not only expected to make his return from a torn ACL on Thursday night against the Detroit Pistons in London, but he may even return to New York's starting lineup (according to Newsday's Al Iannazzone.)

His return would be a welcome sight for a Knicks team that raced out to a 14-4 start to open the 2012-13 season but has dropped six of its past 10 games.

With great length and athleticism, Shumpert is exactly the kind of player Knicks coach Mike Woodson needs to shore up a suddenly leaky backcourt.

If Shumpert's able to give it a go on Thursday night, we won't be talking about his haircut for very much longer.

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