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James Harden Says His Beard Protected Him When He Bounced The Ball Into His Face

Credit: USATSI

Credit: USATSI

James Harden has starred one of the most curious moments in the NBA during the first week of competition. Besides his skills with the basketball in his hands, the Houston Rockets star has been known for his beard, too, and we discovered it doesn’t serve to decorate his face and warm it, but to protect Harden from himself.

During Saturday’s night game against the New Orleans Pelicans, with both teams tied as time ran out in the second quarter, Harden desperately tried to shoot. Josh Hart put a great defense on him and Harden couldn’t get the ball in the air, finishing the second quarter. He got mad because no foul was called, slamming the ball against the floor, which then bounced back directly into his face.

This was as curious and funny as it sounds, but Harden acted as if nothing happened.

After the game, a reporter, of course, asked him if getting a basketball full in the face hurt. He said no, and praised his beard for protecting him.

If he needed more reasons not to shave his beard, it looks like Harden has found them.