After a few cryptic messages on his social media, San Antonio Spurs wing Lonnie Walker IV cut his fan-favorite hair for the first time in a long time.
Throughout NBA history, players have been noted for their signature hair. Between Dennis Rodman‘s colorful hair, Carlos Boozer’s painted-on hair, or Jeremy Lin’s spikes, certain hairdos connotate with specific periods in NBA History. Yesterday marked the end of an era for San Antonio Spurs wing Lonnie Walker IV.
San Antonio’s beloved sophomore finally cut the famed hair that he donned since the fifth grade, according to his Twitter account. He teased it throughout the day on social media before finally posting the finished product on Wednesday night. Walker’s hair is cut clean and short after wearing it high in the sky since the end of elementary school.
Walker’s hair became somewhat of a signature and Spurs fans are reacting accordingly.
Lonnie Walker IV may cut his hair but we will always have this iconic image and I am forever grateful pic.twitter.com/TdokuVd02f
— Dylan (@Dylangonzalez21) June 10, 2020
— Richboi217 (@richboi217) June 10, 2020
— Lonnie Walker IV (@lonniewalker_4) June 11, 2020
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Seriously though, this new cut is looking clean. I hope he tipped his barber because that man is talented. Though we’re not going to see the iconic “pineapple top” as fans adoringly referred to it, this might be a sign that Lonnie’s preparing to lock in for that next step of his career. At only 21 years old, Walker is one of the best athletes in the league with innate scoring instincts that could keep the Spurs level as they head into the next generation of San Antonio basketball.
No, he’s not going to lose his powers as many fans have questioned. We’re going to miss the signature style, but Lonnie is never going to lose that flair he brings to the court. His legacy is only going to grow and at some point, people outside of the fanbase are going to remember him for a lot more than the tall hair he sported in his first year and a half in the league.
Walker’s still in contention for the best hair on the Spurs with this new cut, but he’s got competition now for sure. Unless he cut it during the hiatus, combo guard Derrick White has a powerful hairstyle these days and Patty Mills has a heck of a head of hair himself.
There’s a sector of readers who are going to be thinking “Really? This is news?” And to you, I say, “Of course it is and it would be just as big a headline if the season was still in session!”
The hair’s off and pretty soon, the competition will be back on.