Fashion: Homage to Their Idols

How It Started: NBA ballers are going back to their roots Judgment: Headbands look cool, but talent wins games

These days, very few pro basketball players still sport huge, unruly Afros or other extravagant hairstyles popularized in the '70s; but even without much hair to hold, sports headbands are making a big comeback. Last season's Charlotte Hornets wore them as bands of unity. Guard Derek Fisher, right, is flashing Laker yellow in the NBA finals. "It's definitely more of a fashion statement than anything else," explains NBA merchandising boss Sal LaRocca. "But many players also want to identify and connect with...

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