One of the most unique hairstyles in the NBA was Lonnie Walker's, from the San Antonio Spurs, who came in ready to the league to make an impact on and off the court.
The second year player from Miami has played in 70 career games, where he averaged 4.9 points per game. One way or the other, his hairstyle was the people liked to talk about the most despite his productive numbers, shooting a career 40% from the three point line.
That has come to an end though, since the 21 year-old has decided to cut his 'pineapple' hair ahead of the NBA resuming its season in Orlando next July.
What was shocking about hits is the reason why he decided to do it, since he posted a picture on social media revealing that he was sexually abused as a child. According to him, he used his hair as a 'cloaking device'.
The real truth as to why i started doing this early 5th grade, it was a cloaking device for me. During the summer of my 5th grade year I was around more family. Some that names will be left alone I was around more. I was sexually harassed, raped, abused, I even got accustomed to it because being at that age you don’t know what is what. I was a gullible curious kid that didn’t know what the real world was. I had a mindset that my hair was something that I can control. My hair was what I can make and create and be mine. And it gave my confidence. As of recently I wasn’t at my best. Previous History popping up in my head and it sucked mentally “demons”..... because of this virus, I began to truly look at myself in the mirror and see who I truly was even behind closed doors. Long story short I have found peace and internal happiness through this journey god willingly. I forgave everyone even the people that don’t deserve it why? Because it’s dead weight. Time doesn’t wait on anyone so why should I waste my time on it ? Me cutting my hair was more than a cut. My hair was a mask of me hiding the insecurity’s that I felt the world wasn’t ready for. But now better then ever. Out with old. In with the new. I have shed my skin mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Life will always be hard. Gotta play with the cards your dealt with and try and make a winning hand. And if you lose. It’s never a lost. It’s a lesson 🙏🏾. I’m gonna be off this for awhile still growing through this. Just know I love each and everyone one of y’all. Peace love and happiness 💕🙏🏾
Despite being so young in the league, the way Walker IV has been able to take a step forward and reveal this says a lot about his character and the man he has become since his arrival at the NBA. The way he has maturely handled this unfortunate situation and how brave he was to admit it should be an example for everyone out there who has faced serious adversity in life.