Friday December 21st, 2012

Raptors forward Amir Johnson got the team's logo shaved into his hair. (@IAmAmirJohnson) Raptors forward Amir Johnson got the team's logo shaved into his hair. (@IAmAmirJohnson)

By Ben Golliver

For the second time in less than a month, you're probably thinking that Raptors forward Amir Johnson has lost his mind.

A few weeks ago, the usually mild-mannered Johnson was suspended for one game by the NBA after being ejected for tussling over control of the basketball with a referee. On his way off the court, Johnson threw his mouthguard at the official in frustration.

On Thursday, Johnson uploaded a photo of his new haircut to his official Twitter account. Shaved into the back of his head, as you can see above, is the Raptors' dinosaur claw logo. After posting the photo, Johnson took the pleasant extra step of shouting out his Toronto-based barber. Johnson was already sporting a Mohawk, so this just takes it up another notch.

The National Post reports what Johnson had to say for himself at shootaround on Friday morning.

“I was thinking about doing something funky. I didn’t know what it was [going to be],” Johnson said Friday morning, hours before the Raptors were to play host to the Orlando Magic. “I was just sitting at the house and I was just like, why not get the Raptor logo? It’s team spirit right there, you know what I mean?”

Johnson can't be blamed for having a little extra team pride right now. The Raptors, who are just 8-19, have won four consecutive games after a six-game losing streak. Johnson, who is in the third year of a five-year, $30 million contract, is averaging 7.3 points and 5.7 rebounds off of coach Dwane Casey's bench. Hat tip: @StackMack

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