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Thunder players like a good post-game pedicure
By Heather Warlick
| Published: June 15, 2012
It turns out, real men do get manicures and pedicures. Unless you don't consider Thunder players James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant real men.
If you hang out at Nails by Helen just before or after a Thunder game, there's a chance you might run into one of these men, most likely Harden, said the shop's owner, Tom Nguyen.
Harden usually times his mani-pedi visits around games, Nguyen said.
“He comes in with his buddies,” Nguyen said. Harden and his friends relax with Pearl Spa Pedicures, a special pedicure the salon offers that uses minerals to soften, heal, brighten and moisturize skin. The guys' feet tend to be on the rough side, Nguyen said, so his technicians often treat the players to a deluxe hot stone massage.
The last time Harden was in the shop was the day after the Thunder closed out the Western Conference finals against the Spurs, Nguyen said.
“I happened to host five bridal parties that day. He came in — he got a good ovation from the crowd. He just loved it,” Nguyen said.
Harden likes the attention, but Kevin Durant, well, not so much, Nguyen said.
The last time Durant came in for nail treatments, the shop was very busy and Durant was barraged with requests for photos and autographs.
“I think he was overwhelmed. The crowd was a little bit too much, I think,” Nguyen said. However, Durant wasn't too shy to post on Instagram a photo of his large feet during a pedicure several months ago.
Nguyen said his nail techs give the Thunder a little extra TLC on their fingernails and toenails, but when it comes to cutting them a sweet deal, Nguyen said the players won't have it.
“I have clients that actually offer to pay for them and they turn down the offer,” he said. But they are always very friendly to fans, Nguyen said. He said he hasn't seen any of the players since his last visit by Harden.