Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick and all Clippers players are sporting mustaches for Movember, which brings awareness to men’s health issues.
Griffin doesn’t seem used to his new facial hair yet, but it’s only been four days. He constantly fiddles with his mustache in news conferences. Of all the mustaches that are growing into their own, he certainly looks the most, well, different.
"I think we all look like cops," Jordan said. "Blake reminds me of the dude from ‘Reno 911’. J.J. looks like ‘Super Troopers.’ I look like Sho’nuff from ‘The Last Dragon’, from Bruce Leroy and all that. It’s fun. It’s obviously for a certain cause. I’m going to be as open about it as possible."
Spencer Hawes is the leading candidate for best handlebar mustache.
The mustaches are all for a good cause, and if that means Griffin has the one that’s cause for most teasing, he’s OK with that.
"(The mustache) is not great, but I’ve got to live it," Griffin joked.
Asked if he was more intimidating with the mustache, Griffin said: "You tell me. No. I wish it did (that). Unfortunately it makes me feel a little inferior."
It’s difficult to get an entire team to all be on the same page about their facial hair, but the Ducks and Kings have done it as part of the NHL’s campaign for Movember. Anaheim kicked off its participation in the followed the lead of George Parros in the 2007-08 season.
Every player on the ice or court or field sporting a mustache creates more awareness than one and fundraising efforts, too. Movember has an international fundraising campaign as well.
"Some people weren’t down for it," Jordan said of the initial reaction. "Some people didn’t know what it was for. When we explained it was a team thing, we’re all going to try to contribute and do it, then everybody was ‘OK, I’m going to do it.’ And you can’t ask for more than that from these guys."
You know the saying, the group that grows ‘staches together, stays together.
Doc Rivers probably won’t be growing one and not because he wouldn’t want to do it.
"I have to grow one now, right?" Rivers said. "It won’t grow, but I’ll try."
According to the Movember Foundation’s website, the campaign is designed to "get men to grow moustaches and the community to support them by creating an innovative, fun and engaging annual Movember campaign, that results in funding for the Movember Foundation’s men’s health programs (and) conversations about men’s health that lead to awareness and understanding of the health risks men face and men taking action to remain well."
The Clippers sure are putting the fun in mustaches.