ECF Leftover: Pietrus can now afford a haircut

By Chris Sheridan

Before we turn all of our attention to the NBA Finals, including this link to see our staff's predictions (Adande is setting himself up for some grief in L.A.), I've got one leftover nugget from the Eastern Conference finals.

You may have noticed that Orlando forward Mickael Pietrus was wearing his hair long, and he had good reason to. Back in training camp, a $17,000 wager was placed on whether Pietrus could last an entire season without a haircut. (The losing bettors were Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson, and let's just say that they were in for widely differing sums).

"Easy money," Pietrus told me back in February when I first inquired about his unkempt coif.

Pietrus was hating on his hair back then, but his opinion changed over the next three months.

"Now I like it," Pietrus told me during the conference finals. "The last time I had a 'fro was like 20 years ago. I was like 7 or 8 years old, and that's the age when your mom never wants you to get a haircut. People love it, and the best thing is I don't have to comb it."

That's the second-best thing now, trumped by 170 Benjamins.