Originally created 06/09/01

Jackson, Fox trim their hair



LOS ANGELES -- Lakers coach Phil Jackson had his hair trimmed Friday in what's become a pre-game ritual during the playoffs.

Stylist Billy Yamaguchi travels to Los Angeles from his salon in Ojai to snip Jackson's hair prior to every home playoff game. The Lakers won their first 11 playoff games.

But Yamaguchi couldn't get to Los Angeles on Wednesday night, and the Lakers lost in overtime to the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

"I don't know if you can tell the difference, but I do feel lighter," Jackson said before Game 2 on Friday night.

Yamaguchi gave Jackson a makeover based on the principles of Feng Shui. He replaced Jackson's scruffy beard with a small soul patch under the coach's lower lip, and cut Jackson's wavy gray hair.

Yamaguchi calls it the Zen gladiator look.

Meanwhile, Lakers forward Rick Fox finally did something about his unruly mop of black hair, which he had vowed not to cut until the Lakers lost.

Fox had one inch trimmed off, although it was hard to tell because of the heavy styling product that made his locks look wet.

"He was going to cut more, but he said, 'We've only lost the battle, not the war,"' Lakers spokesman John Black said.

Fox said he'd talk about his hair after the game.