The peculiar case of Kevin Garnett’s hoodie

How does it stay on his head?

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11:  Former Boston Celtics player Kevin Garnett looks on during a game between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Paul Pierce's jersey will be retired following the game. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Kevin Garnett, Sunday in Boston. –Adam Glanzman / Getty Images

In the most heated NBA head controversy since Carlos Boozer’s sprayed-on hair, Kevin Garnett’s appearance at the Celtics game Sunday for Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement has brought a simmering debate to a boil.

What is up with his hood?

Sitting courtside with former Celtics teammate Rajon Rondo and coach Doc Rivers, Garnett was wearing a black hoodie in what has recently become his trademark fashion — with his hood barely clinging to the back-left side of his head.

No matter the angle, it was unclear how Garnett kept his hood in place.

Was he using tape? Glue? Magic? Theories on social media abounded.


“I think he tapes it on his head,” Pierce said Monday during an episode of ESPN’s The Jump, when asked of Garnett’s “post-retirement look.”

However, the peculiar fashion statement — and apparent physics-defying nature — of Garnett’s hood is nothing new. Garnett has also sported the look during his TNT show Area 21, much to the befuddlement of some viewers. No matter how much Garnett moved around, his hood inexplicably remained hanging from the corner of his head.

Take, for instance, these clips from an Area 21 episode last week, in which Garnett rebounds and demonstrates spacing scenarios in a pick-and-roll.

Never once does his hood fall of his head.

When asked about the mystery during an off-air segment of Area 21 just another week earlier, Garnett denied he used tape to keep the hood in place. Instead, he indicated that he shaves his head from back-to-front — with the grain, so to speak — which purportedly creates enough traction to keep the hood in place.

“Then it feels like sandpaper, so it won’t go nowhere,” Garnett said, adding that the look serves the added purpose of concealing his earpiece he uses for the show.

Case closed? I guess it all depends on whether you believe Garnett or The Truth.