Luis Scola was fairly productive for the Houston Rockets for five seasons before they waived him over the summer. He averaged 14.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, but one Houston fan was not happy with the big man — and it had nothing to do with his game.
As you can see from the image above that Rockets GM Daryl Morey posted on Twitter, a fan recently wrote him a letter thanking him for waiving Scola in the offseason. The fan’s reason? Scola was not well-groomed.
“For comic relief, a note I received this off-season,” Morey wrote. “They are probably disappointed in (James Harden).”
Talk about irony. Houston got rid of Scola and his long hair, but they also acquired arguably the most famously insane facial hair in all of professional sports. Name someone else whose beard has inspired a fruit arrangement, a dessert or the entrance to a building.
Of course, Harden is averaging over 25 points per game for the Rockets and has been their best player this season. Can he afford to trim his beard? I’d say so, but I’m guessing even the fan who wrote the letter wouldn’t want to risk throwing him off his game.