James Harden growing into his game

Path that led Thunder's 2-guard to Sixth Man award could carry him out of OKC

Updated: June 14, 2012, 10:15 PM ET
By Justin Verrier | ESPN.com

It began as a submission to indifference. (Because after all, James Harden is still only 22.) The facial hair Harden had been farming ever since he first sprouted whiskers was growing at a rate too rapid to keep kempt. So he relented and put away his razor for good.

"I didn't want to cut it anymore," he said, "so I just let it grow."

Now the jet-black forest that dangles past his Adam's apple and the poof of hair that sits atop his buzz-cut dome like a tiny Shriners cap identify ...

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