LeBron James' Shaved Head Sparks Immediate Reaction from Sports World

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2013

Photo via Business Insider
Photo via Business Insider

Michael Jordan and LeBron James now have one more thing in common: they've both embraced the philosophy that bald is beautiful. 

At the age of 28, James has decided to rock the clean-shaven dome look. Cork Gaines of Business Insider noticed the fresh look from the reigning MVP while on his "Witness History Tour" in the Philippines. Andy Gray of Sports Illustrated tweeted out the pic. 

LeBron James shaved his head (insert going bald joke here): pic.twitter.com/FYnEgPrmr3

— Andy Gray (@si_vault) August 20, 2013

While the new look may look like the work of a very skilled photoshopper, it's not. The LeBron Nation Twitter account tweeted out the difference between fake photos that have surfaced and the real deal. 

Here's the truth about the LeBron bald now. pic.twitter.com/LcZV7IWd5N

— LeBron Nation™ (@LeBronNation__) August 20, 2013

James has proven over the last two seasons that he's the game's best player by destroying defenders and winning titles, but, as Piers Morgan points out, his receding hairline was the one opponent he just couldn't shake. 

After years of battling a most unrelenting opponent - his own hairline - @KingJames has shaved head: http://t.co/e6bQgW7weU

— Piers Morgan Live (@PiersMorganLive) August 20, 2013

Unfortunately for those that love to hate the former Cleveland Cavalier, the sharp look leaves his detractors with one less thing to make fun of the King for. Along with his two titles, nearly everything that he could have been made fun of has been taken care of.  

Lebron James Haters Be Like.. pic.twitter.com/FXMszRGgRl

— Funny Basketball (@BasketballPics) August 20, 2013 

Of course, his common use of theatrics to get to the free throw line is bound to remain a target for those that don't like "The King." 

But ultimately, as Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports points out, none of this really matters.

LeBron James is bald. Not sure why it matters. But it does! Picture! http://t.co/x71YwdgD9M

— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) August 20, 2013

Whether LeBron has a receding hairline, a bald head or the flowing locks of Anderson Varejao he's still the game's best player. After a season in which he averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game with a second NBA title to put on his mantel, that's a fact that can hardly be disputed.