Looks like a hair design to me. Most people who are balding bald on the crown and vertex area but are actually able to still grow hair on the sides (i.e. The Jeff Van Gundy look). They just choose to shave their sides to blend it in with the rest of the balding areas.
Edit: BTW Bleacherreport shows that this isn't the first time he's had this haircut design.
This is the dome of Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom. He was sporting the star a couple of seasons ago to put people on notice that he was going to make the All-Star team.
It didn't quite work out that way. But you are an excellent sixth man Lamar.
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