Sometime before a March 11 night game against the Dallas Mavericks, LeBron James decided to axe the headband. He played that game without his precious hairline guard for first time since a preseason game during his rookie season. Everyone flipped out at LeBron's look at the time, because we had all gotten used to LeBron's headband-friendly image. 

Since then, however, you've probably gotten over it. Headband or not, LeBron is still the best player alive. The first night he played without it, he dumped 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting and nabbed 7 rebounds and 8 assists against the Mavs. 

In a feature for Cleveland.com today, LeBron revealed why he made that fateful choice in Dallas last month. 

“I did it because I just wanted to look like my teammates,” James told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “Just wanted to be one. Nothing more than that.”

His reason sounds silly, and it is. LeBron's only brought more attention to his forehead because he ditched it. But hey, if sacrificing a playing accessory you've worn for nearly 12 years straight is how LeBron is leveling with his teammates for this playoff run, then so be it. Whatever works. Playoff LeBron=No headbands and no cell phones. 

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[via ProBasketballTalk