Houston Rockets guard Jalen Green returned to the court on Tuesday night in Houston against the Denver Nuggets with a brand-new hairstyle. The Rockets were defeated by 133-112.
The matchup saw Green debuting his new short hair, worn shaved on the sides and full on top. Usually kept long and full or braided back, this is certainly a jarring shift for Green.
Aside from his skill on the court, many basketball fans have taken note of Green’s hair over the years. From topknot ponytails to twists and cornrows, Green has experimented with his thick curls over the course of his career, taming his dark tresses into a wide variety of styles.
The Filipino-American athlete’s hair is usually maintained in a man bun or braids during games, worn with short shaved sides, often emphasizing the volume and length of his curls. The lengthy look has become Green’s calling card and in turn, many fans have tried their best to mimic the look of his hair.
When it came down to footwear, Green chose a pair of black and yellow Adidas Harden Vol. 7 sneakers. The style features a puffer upper, a hybrid boost and a light strike midsole to serve up lightweight energy while the traction pattern supports each jump, cut or change of direction during a basketball game.
The game marked Green’s return to basketball following a groin injury sustained in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 15, the final game before the All-Star break. He then skipped the Rising Stars event in Salt Lake City, opting to instead return to Houston to work on rehabbing his groin. Green said Tuesday his groin feels 100 percent after an extended rest period.
With fewer than six weeks remaining, Green says he is ready to “lock in” as he looks to drive winning basketball, focusing in on the team’s finish to what has thus far been a lackluster season.
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