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Dallas Mavericks: 2011 Finals pact made Shawn Marion dye hair blonde

By Josh Wilson
Dallas Mavericks, Shawn Marion (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks, Shawn Marion (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images) /
Shawn Marion, Dallas Mavericks
Shawn Marion, Dallas Mavericks (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images) /

Shawn Marion made a pact with a teammate in 2011 to die his hair blonde if the Dallas Mavericks accomplished a certain goal

The Dallas Mavericks winning the 2011 NBA Finals had seismic effects on the league, but also on individual players. Could you imagine it dictating Shawn Marion‘s hairstyle, though? It sure did.

Iconic hairstyles and the NBA go hand in hand. Hair, along with tattoos, accessories and other items are one of the easiest ways for NBA players to market themselves, to stand out with personality among the other nine players on the floor.

In late 2011, Shawn Marion donned a blonde fro-hawk that has been, at times, questioned.

Marion’s response speaking to Quentin Richardson and Darius Myles of the Knuckledheads podcast?

"“When you win the world championship you can do anything.”"

It turns out, the blonde hairstyle that Marion rocked for a short while during his NBA career was actually to match the sheen of the Larry O’Brien trophy that the Mavericks won for the first time in 2011.

"“The celebration was epic. EPIC. Me and D-Steve, we had an agreement like, when we win it though, we gonna both dye our hair blond to match the trophy,” Marion said to Knuckleheads."

DeShawn Stevenson, the player also on the bargain, would hold up his end of the deal, albeit a bit delayed. Stevenson most recently played in the BIG3 league where he rocked long blonde dreads.

Dallas in 2011 was able to pick off the Miami Heat with three straight wins to close out the Finals series, winning their first title in franchise history. Marion played a key role in helping Dirk Nowitzki raise the bar on both ends of his game going into the Finals.

Marion’s right. If he wants to dye his hair to match the Larry O’Brien trophy, that’s quite the flex. You do what you want when you’re a champion.

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