Iman Shumpert Is Officially Keeping the Hair

Zach Buckley@@ZachBuckleyNBANational NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Assistant coach Dan D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks with Iman Shumpert #21 of the New York Knicks prior to the game at Madison Square Garden on December 13, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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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."  

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.

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.