In last week’s Throwback Thursday, TOK showed you the short career of Kenny “Sky” Walker, the originator of the flattop for the New York Knicks. If you think that was the sweetest haircut to suit up in blue and orange, then you haven’t seen anything yet.
Anthony Mason was many things for the 1990′s New York Knicks. He was a rebounder. He was an enforcer. He was a 6-7, 250 lb. press breaker. He was the owner of a free-throw routine that only Shaq could have envied, but for style’s sake he was the owner of some of the freshest hairdos in NBA history.
Mason seemingly had a new phrase or picture buzzed in to the side his head every night he took the floor. If you think about it, he was way ahead of his time. Getting your haircut is certainly cheaper than getting a tattoo, and you can change it almost whenever you want. My personal favorite was the one of Lady Liberty’s head, but I haven’t been able to track down a picture of it. Here are some of the other favorites.
One thing Mason will never be accused of is being disloyal to his team. He was just as willing to put a Knicks logo on his head as he was fight for his teammates.
Mason showed his spiritual side, using his head as a message board for inspiration by fixing it up to say “In God’s Hands” for a while.
In case he ever got lost, at least someone could identify him as “Mase” and point him back towards New York.
He couldn’t wait to get back on the court during the 1999 NBA Lockout, and showed the world just that.
Dogg Pound? Now I’m lost.
Even in his older age, Mason still rocks messages in his head. You have to love it.
It’s going to take a lot more than red hair dye to top Mase. Let’s see if J.R. or Shump can do it.