The state of NBA hairdom is in a bit of flux these days. Boris Diaw's afro, Daniel Gibson's Batman symbol, DeShawn Stevenson's swangin' flat top ... these are all beauties in their own rite, for sure. But for the third straight season, it appears Drew Gooden will take the top award for most gully/abnormal look in the league.
Two years ago, it was the Neckstache aka the Hyphy Patch aka Flypaper for the Ladies. Last season, Gooden grew a medium-sized animal on his chin to battle Stevenson in a beard-growing contest. (Gooden shaved first and lost. Rumors cite that the massive beard was close to blocking out the sun and ending civilization.) Anyone who caught a glimpse of Drew's Bulls in the preseason or in the Tuesday opener knows he has debuted this thing, a tentacle piece that belongs in a sci-fi flick more than the League of Style.
SLAM's Lang Whitaker has the scoop on the inspiration of this look.
His name for it? "The Johnny," Drew emailed.
"The Johnny. (Like Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Carribbean)."
Alright, then. Good thing Gooden's going bald (Lang reports that's why he shaves up top), lest we get The Edward or The 21 Jump Street.
Drew Gooden Reveals New Beard's Inspiration originally appeared on NBA FanHouse on Fri, 31 Oct 2008 13:25:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.