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Section 109: Numbers Trivia

March 2, 2010
A couple posts coming today to get caught up.
Let’s start with the really, really important stuff first. LeBron applied to change his uni number for next year, apparently a tribute to Michael Jordan. The league will rapidly approve this change so they and the player’s association can cash in on royalties from the avalanche of new t-shirt and jersey sales. Instead of number six, I think LeBron should have picked a more distinctive number. There are many players great and good who have worn number 6, including guys named Julius Erving and Bill Russell, both of whom deserve a tribute for affecting the game of basketball as much as Michael Jordan has.
In NBA history, 177 players have worn Number 6, including 22 current players. A partial list of notables:
  • Julius Erving
  • Bill Russell
  • Gene Shue
  • Larry Nance
  • Danny Manning
  • Avery Johnson
  • Orlando Woolridge
  • Ben Wallace
  • Juwan Howard
  • Walter Davis
  • Larry Costello
  • Patrick Ewing (1 season)
If LeBron had asked me — and he didn’t — I would have suggested a much less common number that he could make his own. One that isn’t associated with a lot of players, and here it is: 37. Only three players in NBA history have worn 37, each for only one season.
  • Jack Smiley – 1949
  • Nick Van Exel – 2004
  • Ron Artest – 2010 (switched to 37 when he moved to the Lakers this year.)
So there it is, LeBron. If you like my idea, you can probably get the league office to make a quick edit on your application. I’m sure they would do it, even if you asked to switch to the greek letter Pi.
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  1. March 8, 2010 5:06 pm

    37? That’s hilarious for some reason. I also think it’s a prime number, which is what LeBron should be wearing. Divisible only by itself. I’m trying to think of what the highest two-digit prime number would be and I’m thinking 97, but that was the year the frickin’ Marlins defeated the Indians in the World Series so I can’t even look at that number without thinking of poor Charles Nagy. (By the way, as a fellow Magyar, or Hungarian, or Hung Aryan, it means “King Charles.”

    Wow, this comment is all over the map. Rise up ErieView nation.

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