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Is there a chance Stephen Curry’s ‘playoff beard’ gets cut down before the nets?

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists in Thursday’s opener of the 2017 NBA Finals.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry scored 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists in Thursday’s opener of the 2017 NBA Finals. AP

The beard is here to stay. Stephen Curry’s earned it.

Before the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers finally got started Thursday night, ABC’s T. J. Holmes got some one-on-one time in an exclusive interview with Curry, the NBA’s reigning MVP.

“Good Morning America” ran parts of the interview Thursday morning and plan to air more on Friday’s show. ABC posted segments on its website.

Thursday’s spots focused on Curry’s desire for redemption for last season’s finals, in which LeBron James and the Cavs roared back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Warriors and win the championship.

In another segment, Curry – while “I’m not comparing what I do to what he does” – recalled a conversation in which he and former President Barack Obama meshed on a common personal issue – the loss of the joy of anonymity, being able to “be in his own world and just unplug.”

Still, perhaps Curry’s most memorable bit Thursday was a funny and charming exchange about his playoff beard, sparked by a conversation about foul calls and the Warriors star’s reputation as a “soft” player.

That led to the former Charlotte Christian and Davidson star’s engaging anecdote about overcoming his difficulties in growing a beard.

“I always wanted to grow a beard just to say that I could, but I could never get it to connect on this side right here,” he recalled, scratching an area on his lower left cheek.

“About six months ago, it started to connect,” Curry said, lighting up. “I got a little carried away with it and made up my own reason to have a playoff beard.”

After “like four months of hard work and perseverance,” Curry says don’t expect him to load up a razor and return to a baby-face smooth look. At least not until the Finals end.

“Not a chance,” Curry told Holmes.

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