Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire, who has been out with a bulging disk in his back since March 26, clearly took the time away from the court to enhance his "swag." At least, that's what he said after he recently tweeted out a picture of him donning cornrows (far left), a look he hasn't sported since he was 17 years old. The new do caught fans by surprise, but cornrows and dreadlocks have been a swag staple in the NBA for years. SI.com's editors poured over pictures of some of the most memorable looks (beards included) over the years. You're welcome.
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A.I. may always be the NBA's king of cornrows. Here's why.
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Daniels loved his locks so much that he had them made out of diamonds. What a baller.
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For some reason, Miller thought this would be a good idea.
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Another cornrows guru, Hamilton was even paid an undisclosed sum by Goodyear to braid his hair in the tread pattern of the company's Assurance TripleTred tire (center). But that may not have been his best design.
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Wallace experimented with different lengths of cornrows. He was also a big fan of just going all fro, which was just as incredible -- maybe moreso.
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Mmm, the spider goatee. How attractive.
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Melo had some pretty great cornrow designs in his early NBA years, but our favorite is the one in the inset.
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Beasley has tried it all.
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Dear Chris Bosh: Please bring back the dreads. Thank you.
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Why was this necessary?
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O'Neal had one of the best designs, perhaps ever.
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Few could rock the dreadlock pigtails like Spree.
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This is how you make a receding hairline cool.
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You have to admit: Delonte looked good in cornrows.
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Take your pick: cornrows or mini dreads. Frankly, we prefer the high top fade on Jennings.
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Now a D-Leaguer, Davis had some pretty crazy designs when he was in the NBA.
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Turiaf has been donning these same cornrows for years.
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Thomas owned the long dreads ...
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But Grant's blond tips were pretty awesome ...
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And Faried has a set of dreads that is simply remarkable.
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Can't forget about Curry.
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