Kristaps Porzingis has been something of a revelation since entering the NBA as the fourth overall pick of the 2015 draft.
The New York Knicks rookie has turned draft night boos into league-wide admiration thanks to a strong start to his debut NBA season. The increased attention, however, has thrown up some things the young Latvian may have preferred to stay in the past.
We're talking, of course, about the photos of Porzingis rocking a sensational cornrows hair style during his youth that came to light last year. Now, though, in an interview with GQ, the 20-year-old has finally explained how the iconic look came about:
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"Well, us three brothers, Me, Janis, and Martins, we made a bet. We all sat down and said we were going to grow our hair out," Porzingis told GQ's Jack Moore.
"But after a month or two, they cut their hair. But I was too young to make the decision about whether I would get a haircut, so mine just kept growing. And it was so long, that I decided I should start rocking those cornrows.
"So I did that one time, then two times, then I just kept on doing that same hairstyle for maybe a year. That was my swag at that time."
Although it wasn't just Porzingis' brothers who were an influence behind the 'rows. As the Knicks star explained, he was simply following the '00s trend:
"It was (Allen) Iverson. It was Carmelo (Anthony). I started watching NBA basketball at the time, and when you're a kid, you want to be like those guys."
Now a teammate of Melo, KP lost the cornrows long before he arrived in the US. He certainly hasn't lost that "swag" though, as he continues to impose himself on the league's stars.
The latest to witness the Rooke of The Year candidate first hand were the Oklahoma City Thunder:
NBA fans: What do you make of Porzingis' cornrows? Is it time to bring them back? Have your say in the comments below...