For the record, Jesse Jackson, bless his head and humor, does not look good in a fake Afro.
Neither does Johnny "Red" Kerr, Benny the Bull or anybody else who played along with "Fear the 'Fro" night at the United Center.
The one and only Ben Wallace unleashed his fantastic follicles for the Bulls' home opener Friday and then did what he does bestgo to work.
But everybody's hair stood on end when the Bulls reprised a theme from last seasonpoor play on their home courtand collapsed in spectacular fashion to fall 89-88 to Sacramento.
Kevin Martin's baseline jumper with 6.4 seconds remaining off a Mike Bibby drive and dish shockingly spoiled the home opener.
Two Chris Duhon turnovers in the final 13.1 seconds, including one off an inbounds play as the Bulls attempted to set up a game-winning shot, sealed matters.
"I'm at a loss to explain it," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "Such a mistake late in the game, on opening night when we supposedly have young players coming into their own, is very, very distressing."
With 5 minutes 40 seconds left after a Bibby turnover, Luol Deng drove downcourt for a left-handed, fast-break layup, kick-starting a 12-4 run that snapped a 69-69 tie.
Kirk Hinrich, quiet to that point because of foul trouble, scored on three straight possessions, including a three-pointer with 4:37 remaining that blew the lid off the joint and provided a five-point lead.
Still, Sacramento wouldn't go away. Ron Artest, booed loudly during player introductions and 4 of 16 to that point, had chances for traditional three-point plays on consecutive possessions but only converted one.
Still, his outburst made it a one-possession game both times at 83-80 and 85-82. When Hinrich missed a jumper, Artest went for the tie, missing a three-pointer with about 25 seconds left.
Deng split a pair of free throws with 23.8 seconds remaining. Artest, who finished with 22 points, scored with 20.2 seconds left to make it 86-84.
Hinrich, who had 15 points and six assists, hit two free throws with 19.7 seconds remaining. But Bibby, who had 23 points and nine assists, threw in a three-pointer with 14.2 seconds left to make it 88-87.
That's when Duhon couldn't inbound the ball in time.
Deng seemed to be making up for lost time after sitting for the final 17:33 in Orlando. Active from the start, he attacked the basket and showed improved form on his midrange jumper.
Wallace unveiled a nifty dance during player introductions and offered a nice pregame speech to the sellout crowd of 22,454, making sure he stood out for reasons beyond his hair.
Narrowly missing his first double-double as a Bullnine points and 13 reboundsdidn't hurt either.
Meanwhile, Deng's hair-raising performance, featuring 29 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks, was in vain. Martin's 30 points topped the Kings.
Facing each other for the first time since the infamous brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 19, 2004, Artest patted Wallace on his rear just before tipoff. That wouldn't be their last contact.
Artest wrapped his arm around Wallace and yanked hard to propel himself around a Wallace screen during the first quarter. Just before halftime, Wallace went to official James Capers to complain about high elbows Artest flashed after grabbing one rebound.
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