A few years ago, I posted a blog that chronicled the evolution of Brian Wilson's beard. The former San Francisco Giants closer was once a young, clean-shaven reliever until he decided to let his beard grow out to better resemble a Hasidic rabbi. It is time to examine another star athlete who's beard has become a major conversation piece in recent years. James Harden started growing facial hair when he played college basketball for Arizona State. Like his basketball game, Harden's beard has grown into a major force to be reckoned with.