UNC Basketball: New Year, New Cole (Anthony)?

The former UNC basketball standout has featured a new hairstyle over the last few days. What's the story behind the change?

New York Knicks v Orlando Magic
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Since his time with the UNC basketball program, Cole Anthony hasn't really changed his hair style.

That quickly changed this week, as Anthony, now with the Orlando Magic was supporting a new look.

Now, some might not look to deep into this, thinking that the former Tar Heel just wanted a change. However, thanks to some social media interactions, we're still trying to figure out the truth as to why Anthony elected (or was forced) to cut his hair.

Let's start from the beginning: on December 27, the Magic took on the Philadelphia 76ers. One of the current 76ers is Mo Bamba, who was Anthony's teammate during his time in Orlando.

One of the reported jokes that surfaced across the broadcast was that Anthony advised his current teammates that they would be fined if they associated with Bamba during the game. The joke got funnier when Bamba decided to comment on a post regarding Anthony's new look.

Bamba went on to comment that the reason Anthony cut his hair is due to the fact that he lost a bet that took place during their recent matchup. Anthony, on the other hand, is saying Bamba is lying, as the playful banter between the two former teammates continues.

Of course, we have to believe Anthony is telling the truth here, given his ties to the UNC basketball program. However, this is a funny story that shows that even at the sport's highest level, the players still look for ways to have fun.

Heading into the New Year, Cole Anthony will be sporting a new look. New Year, New Cole?

The Magic hope that the former Tar Heel continues to play at a high level, regardless of how he chooses (or is forced!) to style his hair!

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