The wait is over for New York Knick fans.
Iman Shumpert has finally voiced his intentions.
The hi-top fade isn't going anywhere.
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."
He's not the first contemporary pro to offer a cranial salute to the historical hairstyle choices of his predecessors.
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.
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.