Several players for the Dallas Mavericks will continue to sport and grow beards, stating that they will not shave until the team gets back to the .500 mark.
Dallas currently sits at 21-28 and in the midst of a five-game homestand. If there is a chance for the Mavs to start making a run and possibly squeeze back into the playoff picture, now is the time to do it. They got off to a good start on Wednesday night beating the Portland Trail Blazers.
But now Dallas has some extra motivation in the form of some annoying facial hair.
"It's been rough," said Dirk Nowitzki, who made the pact with a handful of teammates recently. "There's been some itching going on. Since we're still down seven games under .500, it's a long way to go."
The idea came from O.J. Mayo and Vince Carter, guys who have had full-sized beards all season long. They agreed not to trim their beards other than on the neck until the Mavs get back to the .500 plateau.
Dahntay Jones, Chris Kaman and Jae Crowder are also part of this pact. Some beards are easier to tell than others.
"Kaman looks like a freakin' grizzly," Carter said. "We were just like, 'Let's do it,' and guys were all in. Crowder's trying."
But more importantly, Dallas realizes that a tough road lies ahead of them. With only two road games in the month of February remaining, Dallas knows that it needs to start making a push, with or without beards.
"It's going to be tough," said Nowitzki, whose Mavs have had winning records the past 12 seasons, including 11 consecutive 50-win campaigns. "We know that. We've got to win at a high clip. There's going to be some close games in the second half of the season that we've just got to find ways to win. I think the first half of the season, we found ways to lose those close games.
"I think anything is possible in this league. We've just got to get a little momentum here going before the break, and I think anything's possible."
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