The NBA, unlike any other sport, really puts its athletes out on front street. They aren't wearing hats, helmets or visors, they are out there in shorts, a jersey and, at most, a protective face mask that makes them look like a super hero.
At the end of the day, people feel like they know basketball players more than a player in any other sport because of the intimate setting and the fact that we can see every expression on their face as they go through the motions of a game.
It's a really great thing to experience—that is, until it isn't.
There is one aspect of being able to see these guys day in and day out for eight months that can be off-putting: the scraggly, dirty beard that rears its ugly head more often than you would think it would.
For every one great beard in the NBA, meaning guys like James Harden or Baron Davis, there are at least a dozen failed attempts at a beard (Brandon Roy was the king of this) or just one of the handful of dirty beards that I'll throw at you in the next few minutes.