Opening-night game-worn jerseys from entire Lakers roster up for auction
Fans looking for a tangible memento of the NBA's opening night can try to buy the shirts right off the players backs.
Once again the NBA is auctioning off players' actual game-worn jerseys -- but this time from all 30 teams' season openers. For 29 of those teams only the jerseys from the starting five players will be up for bid at the NBA's auction website, but an NBA representative told us that since the Los Angeles Lakers are receiving their championship rings at Tuesday's hometown opener against the Houston Rockets, jerseys worn by the entire opening-night roster will be auctioned off.
Auctions for the starting-five game-worn jerseys from Tuesday's Rockets/Lakers, Miami Heat/Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns/Portland Trail Blazers games start today and run through Nov. 16 (so you're out of luck if you wanted to wear an authentic Yao Ming costume for Halloween), with the remaining teams' jerseys auctioned off on a rolling basis throughout the season.
Or, if you're feeling lucky instead of flush, you can buy a $2 raffle ticket Wednesday for the championship ring Ron Artest is handed Tuesday night; as earlier reported, Artest's 2010 championship ring will be raffled off through his personal website, with the proceeds to benefit Xcel University.
And potential winners needn't worry about having it resized. Our colleague Mark Medina over at the Lakers Blog points out it's being custom-made to a size 11 instead of Artest's size 14 finger so it'll be an easier fit for the average fan.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: Kobe Bryant's No. 24 home jersey will be among the opening-night, game-worn jerseys up for auction starting Tuesday night. Credit: NBA