Petition launched to get NBA star Steven Adams a cameo on Game of Thrones
Steven Adams may have banished the beard, but there are some who still believe he belongs on Game of Thrones.
New Zealand's only NBA player revealed a clean-shaven look earlier in the week, but that hasn't stopped a fan launching a petition to get him a cameo on the hit TV show.
Will Copeland from California started the petition on change.org, writing "This man deserves to represent the Dothraki people," and including a link to Adams' popular Twitter page.
The Dothraki are a race of dark-skinned horse-mounted warriors on Game of Thrones, and included Kiwi actor Joe Naufahu among their number at one stage of the series.
Last year, Adams was compared by GQ magazine to Khal Drogo, the most notable Dothraki character, who was played by Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa.
In a story with the matter-of-fact headline, "We Asked the NBA's Khal Drogo Lookalike How He Got Such Badass Hair," the Oklahoma City Thunder player revealed he had been confused for Momoa while on holiday.
"Last summer when I was in Croatia everyone kept coming up to me and asking me for photos because they thought I was the guy from Game of Thrones," said Adams.
"It kind of bummed me out a little bit actually because I thought for a minute they had Thunder fans in Croatia.
"I was like, 'Who in the bloody hell is Khal Drogo?' But, actually, looking like him has helped me out at a lot clubs and stuff."
When Adams revealed his fresh look during the week, it prompted a writer covering the Thunder to make another Game of Thrones comparison.
Erik Horne tweeted that Adams "looks more like Jon Snow than Khal Drogo now".
Snow is another character in the series, who is much less hairy, and doesn't quite have the physique of an elite athlete.
The petition had just over 300 signatures at the time of writing.
There is precedent for athletes from American sports leagues appearing on the show, with New York Mets baseballer Noah Syndergaard featuring in a small role in a recent episode.
Game of Thrones' seventh series is currently on air, with the eighth and final series to follow next year.