Sacramento (Calif.) Bee
Sacramento, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings backup forward Scot Pollard is a little different in more ways than one.
On the court, he possesses the skill and will to do things many NBA players will not. He blocks out, sets picks, takes hard fouls, plays physically and gives up his body on a regular basis.
Those are characteristics coaches generally love and opposing players hate to see.
"The game changes when he comes on the floor," said Kings vice president Geoff Petrie. "He just does a lot of things that help your team and never show up in the box score."
Pollard's sometimes-invisible contributions contrast drastically with some of his off-court mannerisms.
The second-year pro from Kansas University always done some rather unique things with his facial hair, including sporting mutton-chop sideburns.
And, oh yes, he has been known to paint his fingernails.
"I've been wearing fingernail polish since college and even in high school a couple of times," said Pollard, who at 6-foot-11 and 265 pounds probably could get away with wearing whatever he wants.
"I don't know how I got into it, but this time my wife was out of town and I went to the manicurist. In college, fans used to send me all different types of shades and colors."
Pollard says he's not an attention-seeker.
"I do weird things that attract attention," he said, "but I don't try to attract attention by doing weird things."
Pollard said he should shave every day, so his penchant for different facial hairstyles is an attempt to prevent having to do it.
"I have brothers who have a 5 o'clock shadow at noon," said the 24-year-old, who is the youngest of six.
Pollard was selected with the 19th pick of the 1997 draft by Detroit and spent one season with the Pistons before being traded to Atlanta in January as part of a sign-and-trade deal that sent Christian Laettner to Detroit.
Pollard said he wanted to paint his fingernails while with the Pistons but said the club told his agent (Jeff Austin) he shouldn't.
"I think they wanted to trade me since Day 1," Pollard said. "I really think I got drafted because I was white. It may sound racist to say that, but they didn't have any white players. That may have been it."