Artest's jersey score: No. 37 is out and No. 15 is back
Maybe it comes from my years as a trivia monkey writing game-show questions, but whether it's a fabric name (Madras takes its name from a port city in India) or button choice (western shirts traditionally have snap button closures so they break away easily when caught by things like an errant steer horn), I love getting the back story on wardrobe choices.
In Tuesday morning's Los Angeles Times sports section, my colleague Mike Bresnahan afforded some insight to Ron Artest's choice of a jersey number -- and lets us know how it's about to change.
"Artest wore No. 37 in honor of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' being atop album-sales charts for 37 consecutive weeks," Bresnahan explained, after noting that the clutch player from last year's NBA Finals has decided to go back to No. 15, which had adorned his jersey both at St. John's University and earlier in his NBA career.
Not wasting any time, the jersey is already available for purchase at the NBA's online store (for $79.99) with the availability listed as "leaves warehouse in four weeks."
Since the Lakers' regular season kicks off exactly four weeks from today (an Oct. 26 home game against Houston), that makes it an awfully tight window; you'll need to be quick on the draw and have a whole lot of luck if you're a fan who plans to sport the new jersey for the occasion.
Something tells me that Artest would find that wholly appropriate.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photos: At top, Lakers forward Ron Artest in his No. 37 jersey in the first half of Game 7 of the NBA Finals. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times. Bottom: Artest's new No. 15. Credit: nbastore.com