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Mavericks invite barber to Thursday’s potential break even game

Mar 27, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki drives on Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas Reuters

Back in February the Dallas Mavericks made a pact — they would grow beards until the team reached .500.

It’s taken longer than expected and while some players jumped off the bandwagon a few — led by Dirk Nowitzki himself — have stayed true to the spirit of it. He’s shaggy.

But that could change Thursday — after winning 9-of-12, the latest of those Tuesday night in overtime against the Clippers, the Grizzlies are one game below .500. Beat the Pacers Thursday and they reached the original goal.

And to tempt fate, the Mavericks have invited a barber to the game, O.J. Mayo told the Dallas Morning News (via The Point Forward at SI):

“Everyone will have the clippers in the locker room Thursday,” Mayo said after the Mavericks’ robust 109-102 overtime win over the Clippers Tuesday. “Hopefully guys can watch us shave it off. The barber will be here. We’ll leave him tickets (for the game) and hopefully give ourselves a chance to shave it off. I want to do it right. I don’t want any patches. I’m ready to shave it.”

A lot of player wives/girlfriends are rooting for the win.

But the Mavericks have a bigger goal now — heading into Wednesday night they were one game back of the Lakers for the last playoff spot in the West. Dallas has a 12-year playoff streak and that is what they want to earn more than a good shave.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Mar 27, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    “But that could change Thursday — after winning 9-of-12, the latest of those Tuesday night in overtime against the Clippers, the Grizzlies are one game below .500.”


    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      Also, the fact that the Mavericks have a great shot at sneaking into the playoffs, despite Dirk missing a lot of games and only recently returning to his prior form, as well as the fact that the championship-winning roster of 2010-2011 was gutted and replaced with cast-offs and guys forced to accept 1-2 year deals, just proves how great a coach Rick Carlisle is. I say that despite not being a Mavericks fan.

      • sprest83 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        Yup, he is one of the top coaches in the league.

  2. drex1 - Mar 27, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    how can a story not involving the grizzlies have that mistake?? I think u make these mistakes on purpose bruv. hat tip

  3. moseskkim - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Carlisle looks like Jim Carrey lol

  4. kavika6 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Thank goodness. Nowitzki looks even more like a Neandertal than ever. Isn’t it funny that two teams that used to dominate just a few years ago are making such a huge deal about hitting .500? They’re fighting tooth and nail over who gets to be swept by the Spurs in the first round.

  5. yuwannano - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Hope they win so they can all lose this blood thirsty axe murderer look they’ve been rocking..

  6. decimusprime - Mar 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I hope they get to .500 and shave those awesome beards! Then I really hope they go on an epic LOSS streak.
    Hate the MAV’s. Love the beards.

    Go Lakers!!!!

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