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James Harden Beard Drive Is Computer Wizardry at Its Best

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  James Harden #12 of United States holds onto his beard while on the bench against France in the Men's Basketball Game on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistAugust 16, 2013

Words cannot describe how cool a James Harden beard drive is, so without further ado, let's just go ahead and jump right to the image, via

I have to admit, my first thought when I saw this was, "Oh my gosh I want one." Yes, without any punctuation because I was too excited to slow down for the verbal comma. 

And I haven't even used a flash drive in years thanks to the usefulness of email and tools like Google Drive. Does that matter? Of course not. 

Come to think of it, I'm not entirely sure there's anything that would be made worse by attaching the famed Harden beard to it. It automatically increases the awesome factor at least twofold, regardless of what it's being associated with it. 

The other key part of this discovery is that we're reminded of what Harden looks like without a beard. Just to drive home the point, can you even tell this is him back during his Arizona State days? 

In fact, let's take a look at how The Beard—using lowercase here is just blasphemous—has progressed over the years, starting with that picture up above from the 2009 season. 

Here's Harden in 2010. The beard is quite clearly growing, but it isn't The Beard yet:

Then in 2011. Now we're getting somewhere, as the bushiness is truly starting to take shape. Er...lose shape?

Now 2012. The Beard has a mind of its own:

And here's 2013. While the growth appears to have calmed down a bit, it's still absolutely massive:

Inside sources tell me that we'll be looking at something like this in 2014:

Harden's beard continues to be a source of inspiration for plenty of adolescent boys looking to grow facial hair for the first time. Actually, who am I kidding? 

This flash drive is a pretty clear indication that it's appealing to everyone. 

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