LeBron James has tweaked his look and people are freaking out.

The four-time NBA MVP has been playing without his signature accessory, a headband, and fans are having trouble coming to terms with his new appearance.






James has, of course, played without the accessory before. Most notably he dominated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals after his headband was knocked off. But this week was the first time James had ever started a regular season game without the headband.


James ditched the headband in the Cavaliers previous game, on Mar. 7 against the Phoenix Suns. He started the Suns' game with the headband but came in in the second quarter without it.

"Just happened, spur (of the moment), just took it off," James told reporters afterwards.

As for why he's doing it, no one is really sure. Either he doesn't have a good reason or he's keeping it quiet from reporters.


It should be mentioned that James' hairline has been receding for several years, and some fans theorized that he was keeping the headband as a way of maintaining a youthful look. Here's what James looked like as a rookie without the headband; we'll let you decide if he appears as though he's aged well.


For what it's worth, Cleveland coach David Blatt is on board with the new look.

"I've never been a headband guy," Blatt said following his squad's victory over Phoenix, "but I'm so old school."

James played well in his first full game without the headband, leading all scorers with 27 points and also passing Mark Price for sole possession of the Cavaliers' career assists record.

Via Deadspin, here's a throwback to James' first NBA preseason game, on Oct. 7, 2003, when he also declined to wear a headband.

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