Everyone and their mothers seem to show up to NBA media days 15 pounds lighter and/or in the best shape of their life.* Leave it to the Dallas Mavericks' Jae Crowder to lose weight in a unique way, though.
Did he tighten up the gut? Did he replace fat with muscle? Did he cut back on those offseason trips with 50 Cent to the candy shop?
I have no idea, but he did cut off some of his hair, which had to drop at least a pound or two. And here's where it gets bizarre.
According to Michael Florek of SportsDayDFW, Crowder has made a summer tradition out of cutting off an inch or two of his trademark ponytail, storing the separated follicles in a Ziploc bag. After 10 years of this collection process, he's apparently on his fourth large bag.
Can you blame him?
This isn't some insane tradition. It's not like the small forward is addicted to True Blood and thinks that his extraneous hair will protect him from Bill Compton going on a murderous rampage. It's not like he's selling it on the black market or cooking it into his meals.
He only wants to prove it's real!
“I don’t throw it away because people don’t think it’s real,” Crowder said. “But it’s really my hair. I keep it every time I cut it.”
He also wants the hair as a keepsake. Crowder said he’ll cut it all off one day and he’ll use the bags to show his children it was all real.
But fear not. According to Florek, this isn't a tradition that he's going to make his daugher—set to be born on Oct. 23—continue.
B/R's David Kenyon believes that the battle between Crowder and Devin Ebanks is the one for Mavs fans to watch during training camp, but that the ponytailed Marquette product in question is the favorite to emerge with a spot in the small forward rotation.
His sleeker haircut should only help. Unless he insists on pulling a Davos Seaworth and carrying the bags around his neck. That would just weigh him down.