Three Factors Led to Dragic Trimming Beard
Goran Dragic knew three things.
One, his shot was off. He’d gone just 15-of-46 from the field over a three-game span for a very un-Goran-like 32.6-percent shooting clip.
Two, his face itched.
And three, perhaps most devastating of all, his not-yet-one-year-old son didn’t want to cuddle with his dad.
All three things, Dragic deduced, had to do with the beard.
Ah yes, the beard, that late-season symbol of team unity around which the Suns had staked their playoff push. That’s all well and good – unless the three aforementioned things are happening at once.
So Dragic dug out the razor and – trimmed.
“He said he felt bad, but he felt like he had to shave the two sides but he left this stuff [in the front],” laughed Suns Head Coach Jeff Hornacek. “I said, ‘hey, I don’t’ care if you have a beard or not. If you’re making your shots…’”
Dragic’s teammates were not as forgiving.
“As soon as I got to the locker room, players were getting on me,” Dragic laughed. “‘Oh my god, you shaved!” I said ‘I didn’t shave. I still got hair in front, a little bit.’”
To be fair, here’s how the rest of the day went: he scored 26 points on 11-of-19 (57.9 percent) shooting. His face didn’t itch. His kid didn’t try to wrench away from his dad’s face.
That being said, Dragic’s guilt trip didn’t go away until the final buzzer sounded on a key win over Oklahoma City.
“I was really happy we won that last game,” he said. “If we lose that, probably the whole team would be on me because I shaved.”