The Dirk Hair Tournament has concluded it and with it, we have officially decided Dirk's greatest hair style -- Finals Dirk.
I made it clear when we started that "greatest" was up to you on how to vote, and clearly, most people saw sentimental value more than anything else, giving Finals Dirk a surprisingly easy win over Beard Dirk, 253-126.
I was surprised to see Surfer Dirk out of the finals, but such is life. Tough choices must be made, and we move on. One more time, here's Finals Dirk claim to be the greatest.
Duration: The 2011 championship run, especially the six Finals games.
Signature Moment: That Game 2 game winner, of course.
Why this is his greatest look: Nobody had any clue that was going to be the year it happened, and this hair shows it. I mean, Dirk has always believed that his teams have a chance at going to the NBA Finals because he's playing for them, which is true, but he made his haircut schedule a little more predictable. He buzzed it earlier in the year, knowing he wouldn't have to cut it again until after the season -- April, May, whenever that ended up being. As it turns out, it ended up being early June.
By then, it was ragged, shaggy and unkempt. The facial hair was all over the place. A second round exit would have meant a more timely haircut, but Dirk couldn't stop beating teams. With each win, his hair got just that much more unruly. He never planned for it like that, and it's a microcosm for why the 2011 Finals were so great -- none of it was planned. It just happened.