It's getting hairy in the NBA. The clean-pated look that had been the players' 'do—or 'do not—of choice is giving way to a furrier feel. Among those who have grown out their hair are Vince Carter (who sported a mini-Afro at the Olympics before rechroming his dome after his mom and several friends pleaded with him to get a cut), Shaquille O'Neal (who says he wants to look more like his fuzzy-headed infant son, Shareef), Gary Payton and Chris Webber. Why the return to a tress-filled life? "I guess the bald-heads and fades got old," says Heat guard Ricky Davis, who also has gone hirsute this season. "It's the 2000 fad." At least one of the bushy leaguers hopes the trend doesn't advance to the next stage: braids, which are now worn by only a few players. " Pervis Ellison has taken it too far with that stuff," says O'Neal. "He did a spin move last time we played, and he hit me in the eye with his hair." What's the call on that: intentional coif-tending?