When the New York Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, it is fair to say the majority of their fans were underwhelmed.
Since then, though, the young Latvian has developed something of a cult following - his efforts on and off the court endearing him to the NYC fan base ahead of the 2015-16 NBA season.
And, when a picture hit the internet this week showing a young Porzingis sporting a superb cornrows haircut, many assumed we had hit 'peak Porzingis'. But, offering an explanation for the dodgy hairdo, the 20-year-old has now outdone himself.
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First, the incriminating photos:
You might think a high-profile professional athlete would be embarrassed by an image of their youth resurfacing. Porzingis, though, was anything but apologetic:
You have to admire the young man's confidence.
With the power forward apparently rocking the 'rows for about three years between the age of 10-13, it clearly wasn't just a one-off hit with the opposite sex either.
Had Porzingis been looking for an excuse, he could have looked across the Knicks locker room.
The fact that the photo dates back to around the time that his now-teammate Carmelo Anthony was coming into the league sporting the cornrow look would have likely got him off the hook.
And Melo himself appeared proud of his influence on a young Porzingis when confronted with the photo evidence this week.
Knicks fans will be hoping Porzingis can carry on the feelgood factor when the team gets their 2015-16 season underway next week.
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