By Rob Mahoney
October 14, 2013

Iman Shumpert opted to part ways with his signature hairstyle. (Photo: Jonah Ballow's Instagram)Iman Shumpert opted to part ways with his signature hairstyle. (Photo: Jonah Ballow's Instagram)

Some sad news in the lead-up to the NBA season: Knicks guard Iman Shumpert -- previous owner the NBA's most ambitiously skyscraping flattop -- has decided to move in a new, more restrained stylistic direction with his hair. Knicks web manager Jonah Ballow posted the above photo to Instagram, showing a shaved-down Shumpert staring blankly into the out-of-frame abyss. He is still a player of purpose, a perimeter defender of unquestionable mettle. But this marks a crisis of identity for a player who drew power from his flattop, not to mention a very public loss in the sacrifice of high hair art.

What's worse: The change came without warning. As recently as July, Shumpert was adding flourishes in the form of spot dye:

Shumpert kept his hightop through July's Las Vegas Summer League, complete with a dyed cap. (Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images) Shumpert kept his hightop through July's Las Vegas Summer League, complete with a dyed cap. (Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

And true to the theme of media day, Shumpert's trimmed down hairstyle retained its general form, as to invoke the promise of growing anew:

Iman Shumpert on Knicks media day, prior to a date with some clippers. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) Iman Shumpert on Knicks media day, prior to a date with some clippers. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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