Kristaps Porzingis' Childhood Days with Cornrows Won Over Carmelo Anthony

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2016

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 7:  Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks stand for the national anthem before a preseason game against Paschoalotto/Bauru on October 7, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.  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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Once New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony spent some time with rookie teammate Kristaps Porzingis before this season, it didn't take long for him to join Team Zinger.

While Anthony may have been impressed by the first-year player's basketball skills and his willingness to learn, he became a fan of Porzingis for reasons that have nothing to do with basketball. All he needed to hear was the story behind the hairdo Porzingis rocked back in the day, and then he was sold.

Back in October, the world found out that Porzingis had cornrows as a kid:

When the pictures surfaced, Porzingis told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News that both he and girls "loved" the look, which was inspired by Anthony and Allen Iverson.

Per a Sports Illustrated feature by Lee Jenkins:

One summer day Anthony and Porzingis worked out together, then sat on the basket stanchion and talked. "Can you show me that move you just did?" Porzingis asked. Anthony was impressed. In the fall Anthony and Porzingis chatted again, and Porzingis told him about the cornrows. "After that I was like, 'All right, O.K., I'm riding with you from now on,'" Anthony laughs. "The kid has an aura about him."

Not everyone can pull off cornrows. Having had the hairstyle in college and in his early days in the NBA, Anthony knows a thing or two about cornrows—and he decided that Porzingis had enough swag to make them work.

The only thing that could make this story any better is if Anthony and Porzingis bring the cornrows back. That is just something that needs to happen at this point.

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