Last preseason game - No Manu in the house - Coach Newman returned - Bad first half - Defense kicks in during the second half - End of game summary. There wasn't much subject matter for pictures last night, but when I looked at my photos after the game, I saw a theme: the various haircuts of the Spurs. Let's begin, though, with the return of the Gel-Haired Devil, referee Zach Zarba. Zarba earned this nickname from me several seasons ago.
The hair gel is still there - hair never moved during the game, and I swear, he doesn't perspire! I spoke with him briefly before the game when he came out to check the equipment at the scorer's table, telling him to call a good game. He seemed surprised anyone would recognize him in his coat and tie. He stopped a moment, smiled, and said "thank you, ma'm." Thoroughly charming, I thought. In talking with fellow Pounder Aaron Priene a few minutes later, we both agreed that the devil would appear handsome and charming when encountered, the better to tempt you - like the old song "Somebody's Knocking" - "he'll have blue eyes and blue jeans."
In looking at the various haircuts worn by the Spurs this season, I recalled the lyrics from the song Hair:
I want long, straight, curly, fuzzy, snaggy, shaggy, ratty, matty, oily, greasy, fleecy, shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen, knotted, polka dotted, twisted, beaded, braided, powdered, flowered and confettied, bangled, tangled, spangled and spahettied.
There are no really long-hairs on the Spurs, but curly, fuzzy, braided, and a few others show up. Let's begin with Tony Parker, who's hair seems to have no cowlick:
And with Tony in the photo is Boris Diaw, who is showing a few signs of grey.
Nando De Colo is sporting a close-cropped look with long sideburns that blend into a close cropped beard that encircles his jawline:
Tiago Splitter, AKA "Sparkles", takes the prize for longest locks this season, letting his blond-tinged hair grow a bit over the summer, revealing waves, even when a bit sweaty:
As Tiago runs on the court, his locks wave in the wind - not quite yet long enough to evoke memories of Manu's long-haired days, but a bit blowing in the breeze, nonetheless.
Stephen Jackson sports a Mohawk - or should we call it a 'Frohawk? Here are back and side views, minus the headband he wears in the game:
But, nobody can top Kawhi Leonard's newly braided cornrows:
I guess it's better that Manu was totally absent from the court on a night when hair was the focus of my camera. but he does have a new fan this season - my 2 month old kitten, (Prince William) loves watching him on the computer screen. I post this knowing that cats are one of the mascots of PTR.