Sometimes in this space I write about important things, meaningful things, serious things. Sometimes, though, I write about things like Marcus Paige’s hair.
Have you seen it lately? He’s growing it out a little bit and, yes, Paige, the North Carolina senior guard, has heard the comparisons.
“People tweet at me all the time,” he said with a small laugh on Monday at UNC’s annual basketball media day.
What do they tweet? He went on.
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“Like, you got the Duke starting five haircut,” Paige said, repeating the gist of what people have been saying to him for a while now on Twitter.
It just so happens that several Duke players last season wore their hair a certain way. A little bit longer up top, shorter on the sides. It became a noticeable thing.
And now here Paige is with a similar look.
“Yeah,” he said. “But my thing is like are they the only people that have ever grown their hair out?”
He probably has a point. It can’t possibly be true that Duke players started that hairstyle.
“Like, I mean – you look in the NBA, you look all across America right now, everyone grows their hair out,” Paige said.
Well, not everyone. For example: I recently went with a much shorter cut myself. (Note: I am not in the NBA.) And there are probably some other people out there who also haven’t been growing their out.
But Paige is probably onto something: his look seems to be in. And not necessarily unique to the guys who led Duke to a national championship last season.
“So if I decide to grow my hair out,” Paige said. “I’m pretty sure it’s independent of what the people down the road do.”
Emphasis on the ’do.